Secret Daughter of the Tsar

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Genres: Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural

Language: English

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A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter—smuggled out of Russia before the revolution—continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequences

In her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women: Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte. Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne. As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her. Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra. After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her. Once elevated to the Romanovs treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie. Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer. Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officers interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy. Then as Veronicas passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reader learns just how these three vastly different women are connected. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is thrilling from its first intense moments until its final, unexpected conclusion.

Reader Reviews
  •    Akinoran Kulakov
    2020
    A very excellent book!! i thought authors had twisted the Romanov stories as many times as possible, but this was a new twist and i very much enjoyed it! :)
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  •    Kazrajar Milliery
    2020
    My opinion of this book bounced around like a pinball. I would find myself rolling my eyes and skimming Veronica chapters and vowing no more than two stars then change to Lena and Charlotte chapters and go up to four stars. This book is not a five star book and Veronica is the reason.
    The story has a good premise that a fifth daughter was born to Nicholas and Alexandra in 1902 and smuggled out for political reasons. To me this story is more plausible than one child survived the massacre. I know people who lived in the USSR in the 20's and 30's and there was no way anyone got out of that house alive.
    Our main character for some reason is Veronica. She is a professor and writing a biography of Empress Alexandra. She is also on the brink of being fired and desperate for a boyfriend despite having a recent relationship end badly. At least that's the impression when her cousin introduces her to Michael and she falls for his love of Russian history, music well everything. They fall into a heavy romance which made those chapters hard to stomach.
    Flashback to 1901 shortly after Grand Duchess Anastasia is born and we meet Lena. Lena works for the Empress Alexandra and is her current favourite. She longs to have a son to ensure the dynasty continues and Lena whose mother was a midwife has advice to offer her.
    In Paris 1942 we meet Charlotte a former ballerina and her son Laurent. They are desperate to flee occupied France and make it to the safety of her parents' house. Especially when a Nazi soldier shows up at her door saying mysterious things about her family.
    As I said before I liked the concept and really enjoyed the historical parts. Charlotte and Lena had enjoyable stories and I wanted them to get their own chapters. Their romances or lack there of were told well and weren't rammed down your throat like Veronica's was. If the story was their's alone it would've gotten four to five stars.
    Which brings me to Veronica. Sigh. Where do I begin? A young career woman who seems more worried about what others think. Feeling shame for being called the smart weird cousin. I hold that title in my own family and do so with pride! She allows herself to enter into a deep romance with someone she barely knows, finds out he used her and then because her grandmother and cousin say he's and good guy takes him back. Why did you have to ruin an otherwise good story? Veronica is not likeable for me I like to see strong independent female characters and she always waited for Michael or someone else to save her.
    Without her it could've been a better story. The ending I think is wishful thinking. I doubt the monarchy will be restored now or ever and most likely not to an American given the current climate between the two countries. But I gave it a neutral three stars, neither loved nor hated it. I disliked a couple characters but other than that not too bad of a read.
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