Reading this for book club...some of my other book clubbers didn‘t like this book even though they were engrossed and couldn‘t stop reading. They claim the author is manipulative. This was SO good!!! I don‘t think it was as manipulative as Gone Girl. Highly recommend!
I really enjoyed this book. It did take a bit to adjust to the narrative style, but I thought it worked well. In alternating chapters, Anna Anderson‘s story is told backward and Anastasia‘s story is told normally so that the two timelines meet at the end of the novel. I think this book pays off the most if you aren‘t very familiar with the story. I saw the 1997 animated Anastasia, but that‘s as far as my familiarity extended.
Read in May.
I saw the musical Anastasia this year these books joined my TBR. I still need to read them! I‘ve read a little of the tagged book but it had to go back to the library before I finished. #Russia #LetsTravelJuly
This is a cleverly written and fascinating story of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the lost Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.
I really enjoyed how this story was structured. Two POV, one told chronologically and the other reverse chronological order. The convergence of the two storylines made for a compelling read that made me think, feel and learn. Great blend of historical fact and fiction made both storylines believable.
The timelines run opposite to each other, starting with Anna‘s story running backward from present to 1921, and Anastasia‘s story starting at the beginning of revolution in 1917 to the moment in question...did The Grand Duchess Anastasia survive the night the Romanov family was murdered? Historical fiction with a touch of mystery and intrigue! Characters were altogether imperfect and unlikable, but that‘s the fuel that keeps you reading!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Busy day, so I‘m just sitting down for a late lunch! Leftover homemade turkey and veggie chilli, with half an 🥑, it‘s so good! I‘m also cracking open my next read, all about the Romanov dynasty and a woman who claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. I‘ve always been fascinated by the imperial family and their tragic story, so this one sounds fascinating! After lunch, I‘m taking a walk around the neighbourhood for #BookFitnessChallenge.
Incredible book about Anna Anderson‘s battle to be legally recognized as Anastasia Romanov. The structure of the book is fascinating. Last 18 months of Romanov family‘s life is relayed chronologically while Anna Anderson‘s battle to be accepted as Anastasia is explored in reverse (from end to beginning). The two stories are interweaved throughout the book.
I‘m #audioworking and finishing up the author‘s note for I Was Anastasia. The author did an excellent job handling this story, both sides of it. It kept my attention, and the ending was different from what I expected. (I love twists at the end of a book!) This was my pick for “a book about a topic that fascinates you” for the #mmdchallenge. #modernmrsdarcy
I‘m already in the middle of several books, but when I saw this at the library I just couldn‘t resist! Good so far!
As a kid, I loved the movie Anastasia. I have always been interested in the mystery of the Romanovs. So when I heard about this book, of course I had to read it! It was simply heartbreaking, but I really enjoyed it. I did not like that the timing of the story kind of went in backwards order because it was confusing at times, but the writing was beautiful.
I finished with a few hours to spare! This was quite an interesting style of writing. The story was told of Anastasia Romanov‘s last 18 months alternating with Anna Anderson‘s story as Anastasia. At first I felt that Anna‘s timeline jumped around too much until I realized her story was being told backwards to the point Anastasia and Anna‘s timeline just about meet up. The beginning was a bit slow but the ending was fantastic.
I have to read @ 40 pages a day to finish this in time for book club. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!
I‘ve been wanting to read more about the Romanovs, and this was a interesting start. I loved the structure. I wish so much that I could take back that one moment when I caved and looked up something online, because it gave away the ending, but I‘m happy I read it!
I have mixed feelings—I was compelled by the story, and I liked Lawhorn‘s choices in structuring the novel. She alternates between the chronological story of Anastasia from the time of her father‘s loss of his throne and the story of Anna, the woman who claims she is Anastasia.This latter plot line moves backward in time, creating much anticipation as the stories creep toward each other. There are moments, however, that broke the tone for me.
I decided to reacquaint myself with the local library today. Had a great time and a nice book haul! 🤓
I had a hard time getting into this with the way the book is structured (two storylines one moving forward in time and one backwards). However I pressed on because I have been interested in Anna Anderson for much of my life thanks to my sister. In the end, I am glad I did. While Anna‘s storyline remained a bit of a chore to get through, Anastasia‘s chapters really drew me. Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for sending this book to me! #readathon
Lawhon tells the story of Anastasia alongside that of Anna Anderson, who claims to be Anastasia, but is she? I went back and forth in what I believed. Anna‘s story is told in reverse, which I found a bit jarring at times, but it worked in the end. I think Lawhon has become an autobuy author for me.
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Oh man, that ending. It's a bit heady and makes you feel ashamed. If it weren't for that, I don't know that I'd rate the book as high as I do.
Nonlinear story mode irritated me, and had it not been a theme I'm very interested in, I likely would not have finished. So just a warning if you hate reverse chronological order with backfill to reveal a story, you probably will dislike this one.
A good book otherwise.
New book to read today! I'm on my lunch break and this probably isn't going to make it easier to go back, but I love the Anastasia story (fiction? Conspiracy theory?) so I had to check this one out.
My favorite from childhood was Don Bluth's "Anastasia." I could watch that at least once a week still. ?