I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhan

I Was Anastasia

I told you I had two books with gorgeous covers for you this week. I was not kidding! Just look at this one. And, to tell you the truth it’s even more stunning in reality.

Below you’ll find a perfect foundation for the story.  Taken from the website “New In Books.”

In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess, a beloved daughter and revered icon, or is she an imposter, the thief of another woman’s legacy?
             Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920
: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. 

Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 
     As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
     The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

What did I know about the Romanov’s before reading this amazing new novel? Not much. The more I read, the more I realized I knew very little. That has all changed since reading I WAS ANASTASIA. Ariel Lawhon does a stellar job telling this story. She also managed to get under my skin and prod me to learn more about this family and their fateful journey.

1918, the entire Romanov family including some of their servants were coldly shot to death in Siberia by the secret Bolshevik police.  No one survived, or so it was announced. There has long been speculation.  I remember hearing bits about this doubt many years ago.

This monumental story is told in two voices: the voice of the young Anastasia Romanov right up until her death. And the voice of a woman claiming to be Anastasia Romanov named Anna Anderson who was found in a canal after attempting suicide in Berlin in 1920.

I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Lawhon speak a couple of months ago. She does history really well. She has stepped it up with I WAS ANASTASIA. I would put this new novel into a suspenseful historical fiction category all its own. It had me back and forth through the entire book even knowing what the truth is. Wow.


Ariel Lawhon

Lawhon is the mother of four boys. She lives with her husband and boys in the hills outside Nashville, Tennessee. She’s the author of two former books: THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS and FLIGHT OF DREAMS.  I can’t wait to see what she brings us next. Thanks go out to  Penguin Random House for sending me a gorgeous finished hardcover of this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s a real winner!

We have lovely copies of I WAS ANASTASIA in stock at Copperfish Books! Come on in and see us.

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