Anastasia - The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

Posted by DONDRA DECKER on 5/3/2019

Anastasia is the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia.  She and her family live in the palaces of Russia.  Her daily life consists of her schoolwork, taught by tutors, playing with her three sisters and her brother, and a very structured routine.  Part of the routine is her mother deciding which matching outfit her sisters and she will wear for the day.  Her father takes his leadership role seriously, and is an attentive father to his children, at least until Russia enters World War 1.  Her mother is very worried about her younger brother, Alexi, because he is sickly and the parents do not want the people of Russia to worry about him, as he will be their future leader.  

The book is written in a diary format, written by Anastasia.  It tells of her fairy-tale life, and the changes that occur when Russia enters World War I.  The peasants are suffering, and turn on the royal family.  The fate of the family becomes uncertain.  

This story is a very interesting introduction to the Romanov family, and the history of this time period.  There are interesting historical notes and photographs at the end, which add further information, if readers want to know more.  (I did.)

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