- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: August 25, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K8E3N3I
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The Secret Wife Audiobook – Unabridged
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Gill was alerted to a snippet on TV about a mooted relationship between Tatiana, one of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, and a cavalry officer and this serves as the foundation for a gripping time slip story.
The Romanovs were the glittering family who were at the height of power as World War I started. Their glamour and wealth were beyond comprehension, they were synonymous with sparkling jewels, opulence and of course Fabergé eggs. As the war took its toll, however, the disparity between their wealth and ruthless rule, and the poverty of the populace lay at the heart of the burgeoning revolution.
Cavalry officer Dimitri Yakovlevich Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana forge a close friendship after she nurses him in a makeshift war hospital.novel set in russia The world as they know it is unravelling around them. War takes him to several fronts, yet they maintain a close and chaste connection and on the eve of yet another departure, they marry in secret. This gives him the strength to withstand the terrors and onslaughts he is about to face at the front. But as the casualties rise, the revolution grows until finally the Romanov family is herded and all the members, it is reported, are summarily executed. Dimitri naturally becomes distraught and clings to any sign of life, and finally lands in Berlin after the war. There he meets Rosa, but is not really emotionally available to her as he is still in thrall to his Tatiana… and he struggles to extinguish the hope of ever finding his true love alive. Rosa is a tolerant soul and tolerates his ambivalent commitment to her…
Forward to early 21st Century and his great granddaughter, grappling with her husband’s infidelity, takes off for a shack set on fictional Lake Akanabee in a remote part of New York state, which was left to her in her great grandfather Dimitri’s will. She knew nothing of his existence until she was alerted to her legacy. It is here that she spends a Summer of reflection and research that unravels a painful, yet interesting family history.
This novel bowls along at a very good pace, it is well researched, and the author’s passion for this period in history is palpable. You too will wonder at the fate of the Romanovs and whether indeed any members could have survived their experience and what their story might have been. This is an excellent novel to delve into this country’s troubled past.
I learned a great deal about the Romanov's and Russian history, which I have to admit, was entertaining. I also really liked how the story involved cross-centuries. Kitty was a great character and I thought it was clever that she was related to Dmitri, came to Lake Akanabee, made the cabin hers. When everything came together in the end, I did not want the story to end!
Just a follow-up...I just purchased three more of Gill Paul's books...looking forward to reading them!
Wow! Was I wrong. This is a great book filled with history. Gill Paul has written a fabulous book about the aftermath of the Russian Revolution through World War II and into modern times. The characters are well-developed and totally believable. The situations are logical and never hokey.
This is a book worth reading. My compliment to the author.
Of my labels, historic is true of half the novel. Mystery is not true in the traditional sense, but there's plenty of mystery. The solving of finding out who killed someone isn't there, although there are plenty of dead bodies. Wars will do that. So will old age.
Just for kicks, think 2020 when the truth will come out if the author's alternative universe were true.