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The Romanov Sisters Review

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I hope everyone’s week is going good so far! Today I wanted to review another book about the Romanov family, this one deals with the sisters and how their lives were. The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport takes the reader into the lives of the Romanov sisters through letters and their diaries.

The book description was taken from the Goodreads website:

“They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Rappaort aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.”

This book is a must read for anyone who loves history and for anyone who loves learning more about Russia’s imperial family. I learned things from this book that I honestly never knew about the sisters and the family. Even in exile and held as prisoners the Romanovs kept their family bond. Helen opens the readers eyes to another side of the sisters that you never knew. The bound of sisterhood got them through exile and even faced with death they still clung to each other. This book will leave you with a new knowledge and love for the Romanovs!

Go on a historical journey into the lives of the Romanov sisters my friends!

Romanov Sisters

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