The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C.W. Gortner
“Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.
Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in the final years of its long reign.
Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage–as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov hier and becomes empress once he ascends the throne. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie–now called Maria–must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.
Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.
From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.” ~ Description copied from Goodreads
I loved how this book was written. It was awesome to read about the Romanovs from a different point of view. The rise and the fall. All from the point of view of the dowager empress. Meeting the WHOLE family, not just Anastasia, her siblings, and parents in exile. I like how this book told the whole story. It starts as a princess of Denmark, engaged to Nikolai. It proceeds through her whole life, the life of the Romanov family, and the rise and fall of Imperial Russia during World Word I. I loved the main character’s dialogue. The sassy conversations between her and her closest friend were fantastic. It has some great historical accuracies while still being an interesting work of historical fiction. This was a pretty tragic story. There were some parts I even got a little teary eyed. Great book. I would definitely recommend this book. 4 out of 5 stars from me. I read this book as a NetGalley but I’m hoping to get my hands on a physical copy soon for my collection.
^^ This was a picture I found of the main character, Empress Maria Feodorovna, when I looked her up in a Google search. She was very beautiful in my opinion. ^^
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