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Before discussing this fine novel further, let me put you up to speed as to who Ella was, in case you are unfamiliar with her. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria as her mother was Victoria's second daughter, Alice. Alice married Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse, a small German duchy. Elizabeth, always called Ella, was the couple's second daughter and older sister to the famous Alix, who became Empress Alexandra and wife of Nicholas II.
Ella was considered the most beautiful princess in Europe and she had many suitors including Kaiser Wilhelm II, whom she didn't fancy. She married the very controversial Russian Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich, a son of Tsar Alexander II. Serge was rumored to be a homosexual and considered by many to be haughty, cold, and even a sadist.Read more ›
From the first page of this book, I felt I was transported to another time and place, witnessing not only the world-changing events in the final decades of Imperial Russia, but sharing, too, the individual joys, tragedies and dilemmas of these very real people. Although this is a novel, the attention to historical detail is meticulous. Every word spoken seems to come directly from the actual people who lived through these events and gives the reader the sense of being present among them. Kostia's desperate struggle with his conscience, Serge, tensely lighting another cigarette, Ella's excruciation at Queen Victoria, prying into the intimate details of her life - the mannerisms and the asides, all these things brought all these people alive again. I could feel the icy winds and hear the snow crunching, smell the explosives from the shattered carriage, was dazzled by the splendor of ballrooms and the contrast with the Moscow slums. The whole book took me on a truly breathtaking and uplifting journey into another world! A wonderful read!
THIS BOOK IS A "MUST READ" FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE RUSSIAN ROYAL FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY THE GRANDDUCHESS ELLA.
THANK YOU MS. CROFT FOR SUCH A ONE OF A KIND BOOK.
KLAUS VON HAGEN.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna would have been a remarkable person in any age, but among the Romanovs she stood out for her compassion and willingness to face the ugly lives of the ordinary people under the Tsar and trying actively to do something about changing them for the better. Despite the love of the ordinary Muscovites this gave Elizabeth it did not save her from the revolutionaries. Among the Romanovs Elizabeth is the only genuine saint of modern times and to write a book about a saint is never an easy thing. Elizabeth wasn't flawless and made mistakes in her life and this book doesn't gloss over those so you get the feeling that you are reading about a real person and not a religious cardboard cut out.
If you love historical novels are interested in the Romanovs I recommend this novel as a good read and something you will more than likely enjoy.
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The author identifies it as a novel right there in the title, not a biography. All the (main) characters are real people and the conversations and monologues could have happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne Phillips
This started a little slow, but moved quicker when discussing unfolding historical events. Author presented an interesting perspective on the revolution, someone connected, but... Read morePublished 9 months ago by aeb
I cannot say I totally disliked the book but I was not happy to see it was a novel based on the characters.Published 13 months ago by R. Lowe
One of my favorite saint and people from the United Kingdom. Nice to read a book about her even if it's "fiction"Published 14 months ago by cynthia well ejiogu
A book well worth reading: Inspirational. Eye-opening to the historical events in Russia.
The Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia [Kindle Edition: A pleasant surprise... Read more
Enjoyed reading this book. Gave a more insight into the Princess Ella, her sister the Tsarina, the Tsar Nicholas and their family. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed reading the story of this German princess that became a Russian grand duchess. Even with all the Romanov riches she never let it change her pure heart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Betty L. Durazo
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