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- 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.
Kitty, has just learned of the infidelity of her husband and the shock of it causes her to leave for a remote cabin in Lake Akanabee, which she inherited from a great-grandfather she barely heard of. This escape leads Kitty to unravel a mystery that has long remained so in history.
The story alternates between the era of the Russian revolution, which led to the execution of the last royal family in Russia, the Romanov, and 2016, the year Kitty is in. During the Russian war one of the daughters of Tsar Nicholas, Grand Duchess Tatiana who served as a nurse falls in love with one of the injured soldiers, Dimitri. The story goes on to show how the deteriorating situation in Russia threatened the sovereignty and the security of the Romanov family and the inevitable impact on the relationship between Tatiana and Dimitri.
When the royal family were kept in captivity, it became evident that their survival was threatened. Dimitri carried out several attempts to rescue the royal family until the news that they were all brutally executed by the Bolsheviks dropped.
While Dimitri managed to re-build a life in America afterwards, the certainty of the death of all the Romanovs was never proved and Dimitri always wondered about Tatiana's fate.
Did Dimitri finally get his answers about what really happed to the family and especially Tatiana?
How is the fate of the Grand Duchess Tatiana, Dimitri and Kitty linked?
The account of the suffering that the war brought on her characters is both vivid and haunting. Gill Paul also beautifully portrays a love that survived the trials of war and separation.
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