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I Was Anastasia
I Was Anastasia: A Novel | Ariel Lawhon
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Ariel Lawhon, a rising star in historical suspense, has set her sights on one of history's most beguiling mysteries: Did Anastasia Romanov survive the Russian Revolution, or was Anna Anderson, the woman who notoriously claimed her identity, an impostor? Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who this woman is and what actually happened to Anastasia creates a saga that spans fifty years and three continents. This thrilling page-turner is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
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marleed
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Me before you
Before I go to sleep
Before and again
Before she knew him
Before we were yours
The summer before the war
Before the fall -
I was Anastasia.

#NamasteNovember Day26 #SpinePoem3

Eggs Oh my that‘s wonderful!! Lovin‘ these Spine Poems 🤗👏🏻❤️ 1w
marleed @Eggs it‘s such a fun way to look at my books. Sometimes I see the title as just words and other times I can‘t separate the title from its contents. 1w
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Loric
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#7days7covers #covercrush @faithreadbooks are you interested in playing? Post a favorite cover every day for seven days tagging someone new each day - day 6

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kitteh_reads
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Pickpick

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!

#sogoodgirl 👧📚

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Momob121
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So far this book is riveting! Enough past/“present” narrative to keep me intrigued and wondering just HOW is this going to end?!!

lynneamch So good, isn't it. Such a fascinating approach. Love everything by her. 4mo
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Pickpick

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.

JaclynW I liked this book too. 4mo
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MallenNC
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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

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was really good!!! 5mo
megnews I‘m seeing Anastasia next year when it comes to town and I‘m so excited!! I also have I Was Anastasia in my tbr 5mo
OriginalCyn620 😊📚❤️ 5mo
actualdisneyprincess Wasn‘t it magnificent??? 😍😍😭😭 I think you‘ll enjoy “I Was Anastasia,” I did! 💖 5mo
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Loric
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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.

emz711 Omg agreed. The ending was so unexpected to me 5mo
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megnews
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Another from the tbr, historical fiction account of one of the women who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov.

#Russians #WanderingJune

BarbaraBB Interesting premise! 6mo
Cinfhen I started this book from the library but I just wasn‘t feeling it. Maybe another time 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
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WhiteDayLilies
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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!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ATB
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Vodka and I Was Anastasia seems like a good pairing to me.

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catebutler
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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.

wanderinglynn I‘ve considered picking up this book. So I‘ll be interested to know what you think about the book. 7mo
catebutler @wanderinglynn I‘m reading it for a bookclub this month. I‘ve heard mixed reviews, so we‘ll see what I think, and yes! I‘ll keep you posted! 😊👍🏼 7mo
4thhouseontheleft That looks delicious! 7mo
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catebutler @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! One of my fitness goals is to do better with clean eating, this one was quick and tasty! 😋 7mo
kspenmoll Yum!! 7mo
Tamra That just looks delicious. 7mo
BookwormAHN Nice pick 👏🏻 7mo
RealLifeReading That looks good! 7mo
catebutler @kspenmoll Definitely an easy and enjoyable meal! Will be adding this to the meal prep lineup for here on out. 😊 7mo
catebutler @Tamra Thank you! I‘ve had a lot of fun trying meals that are healthy and easy to make. 7mo
catebutler @BookwormAHN Thank you! 🥰 7mo
catebutler @RealLifeReading It‘s been rainy and cool today, so perfect chilli weather! 7mo
BookBabe Lovely photo! 💜 7mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you!! 🧡 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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Falling down the Romanov rabbit hole.

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JamieArc
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Pickpick

Between a pick and a so-so. Perhaps not the best in audio format, as the timeline skips around so much. This got me thinking about so many interesting ideas. And the end was probably one of the most interesting I‘ve read/heard. I didn‘t expect that at all.

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Carolyn11215
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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.

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jenniferajanes
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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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

RvnclawWhovian I have this on my TBR shelf, glad to see you enjoyed it 8mo
jenniferajanes @RvnclawWhovian Thanks! I hope enjoy it too. I‘ll keep an eye out for your review when you get to it. 😊 8mo
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Macnjen
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I liked this story - though it was confusing because past of the story is told in a reverse timeline. The ending was unexpected and there are a few slight holes in the story I would like to have seen resolved but overall I enjoyed it. #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Macnjen

Is there a timeline of events for this book anywhere? I‘m having a hard time remembering the result of events that we learn before we read about the event itself.

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Carolyn11215
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And I‘m hooked from the very first page!!

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jenniferajanes
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My next #audiobook choice. This will fit the bill for the #mmdchallenge category “a book about a topic that fascinates you.”

Jee_HookedOnBookz Do you prefer audio, print or ebooks? 9mo
jenniferajanes @Jee_HookedOnBookz I don‘t have many print books anymore because I live in a tiny apartment now and have no place to put them. I normally use my Kindle and Audible. I have an audiobook going for when I can‘t read my Kindle, and I read my Kindle when I have time to sit down and enjoy. I also like how portable my ebook library is, and I can adjust the font size! What do you prefer? 9mo
Sharpeipup Im just about to start this one myself... 9mo
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jenniferajanes @Sharpeipup I listened to about 30 minutes while I was getting ready for work this morning. It‘s off to a good start! Let me know what you think. 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @jenniferajanes I prefer print books but these days I'm switching between print and ebooks especially now That I'm breastfeeding and when my LO sleeps in my arms it's so much more convenient reading an ebook 😅 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I can't do audio coz I find it so hard to focus...😔 9mo
jenniferajanes @Jee_HookedOnBookz I understand! I remember those nursing days. 9mo
jenniferajanes @Jee_HookedOnBookz No worries! You do you! 🌹 9mo
RvnclawWhovian This was a random buy for me at the Denver airport! Can‘t wait to hear what you think 9mo
jenniferajanes @RvnclawWhovian I‘m interested to know what you think too! I have a lifelong interest in this case and have read several books, both fiction and nonfiction, about Anna Anderson and the Romanov family. 9mo
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Macnjen
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Next book club book! #lisyAtoZ challenge for the letter I. @BookishMarginalia

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RvnclawWhovian
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Had a two hour layover in Denver so of course, I scoped out “Tattered Book Cover Store”. Ended up with this impulse buy. Has anyone read this yet? #tatteredbookstore #iwasanastasia

Hope_a It is quite new, but I am looking forward to reading it. Hopefully you will share your opinion after finishing it. 9mo
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I had an epic #bookmail week last week! First, I got this one with a buy 2 get 1 free sale at Target (the other two are pre-orders that are supposed to come in next week). I‘ve loved Ariel Lawhon‘s previous novels so I‘m really looking forward to this one!

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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!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy! 📚💜🤗 10mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy ! 🎉🎉🎉 interested in your opinion of this book! 10mo
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1001BooksPodcast
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Calling it a day at 20 hours. Our brains are mush, but it was fun. Look out for an upcoming episode documenting our weekend! #24in48

hes7 Nice! 🎉 10mo
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1001BooksPodcast
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Kicking off day 2 about halfway into my 4th book. I‘m at 14.5 hours. This is a lot more intense than I expected! We will see how today goes. #24in48

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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.

Reviewsbylola I agree, it took time to get used to the writing. Very ambitious! 11mo
BethM Oooo I love Anastasia! DNA discounted Anna Anderson right? 11mo
kstadt929 @BethM Weeelll it talks about that a little at the end so I don‘t want to spoil anything!! 11mo
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🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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kstadt929
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I busted out laughing at this one since I know enough minimal German words to know this isn‘t his real name !! 🤣

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kstadt929
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🎭🎭🎭

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kstadt929
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I‘ve been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it and now I finally chose it from my never ending TBR stack ❤️❤️❤️

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R.L.Walker
Panpan

Sadly this book was a disappointment. Had an interesting twist, but perhaps I was hyping up the storyline in my mind.

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Eggs
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#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x Day1
Trying to play catch up😊

KathyWheeler I just bought this. 12mo
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Cortg
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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.

AmyG I don‘t know why...I was surprised by the ending. Must have been because it was well written. 12mo
Cortg @AmyG I thought it was a really clever way to end the story. 12mo
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Cortg
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My reading goal today is to at least get to Part Three!

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Cortg
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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!

Burghbookaddict I really enjoyed this book! 12mo
BridgetteM You can do it! 12mo
tpixie 🍀🍀🍀 12mo
Cortg @BridgetteM @tpixie Thanks for your support! 12mo
Cortg @BurghBookAddict It‘s different in a good way. I‘m curious how the author ends the story. 12mo
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Cortg
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Happy Friday! I‘m hoping to get a good chunk of reading in this weekend. This is our book club choice for next week‘s meet up!

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Mehso-so

I just.... I don‘t really know how I feel about this book but happy I got the chance to listen to it!

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Eggs
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Well done!

elizabethlk I have loved history since I was a little girl, and I think it has something to do with how I have always viewed history as the world's wildest story collection. 13mo
Eggs @elizabethlk Well said! 13mo
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Eggs
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I've had this on hold since August 31; so excited to read! I read only ONE book at a time #tuesdaytidbits @SilversReviews

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Pam.Kokomo
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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!

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UnabridgedPod
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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.

RaimeyGallant Interesting assessment. 13mo
UnabridgedPod @RaimeyGallant Have you read it? 13mo
RaimeyGallant Nope, but I write multi-timeline, so it's good to know where readers might see pitfalls. 13mo
UnabridgedPod @RaimeyGallant Gotcha. Overall, that was one of my favorite things about the book, so when the pattern/tone broke (and it was intentional), I found it to be really jarring. (I can see some people liking it, though.) (edited) 13mo
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JulAnna
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Lunchtime reading. Although the structure can be difficult to follow, this is an engrossing read! 🤓
Happy Friday, fellow Littens!

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JulAnna
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I decided to reacquaint myself with the local library today. Had a great time and a nice book haul! 🤓

TheBookAddict I also have to do that once in a while, because I‘ll go on a borrowing streak and then I‘ll randomly stop going to the library for a while. Then when I eventually go back in there I go crazy and borrow way too many books. It‘s like I forgot that I can borrow books for free from the library and then all of a sudden I remember again. #litsyloveslibraries 13mo
Desha Lol @TheBookAddict I‘m exactly like that too...I‘m so glad both of you do that! I don‘t feel quite so crazy...🤪❤️📚 13mo
Julsmarshall I loved I Was Anastasia! 13mo
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JulAnna @TheBookAddict and @Desha Haha, I really had to restrain myself! No one is crazy here! 💕📚🤪 13mo
JulAnna @Julsmarshall Good to know! I am trying to pick which one I will read first! 13mo
Reviewsbylola I Was Anastasia is great! 13mo
LiteraryinLititz In my opinion, the Spence book is one you could read in chunks between other books. You don‘t have to read it straight through. I loved it! 13mo
TheBookAddict @JulAnna 😆 you have more self control than I, when it comes to books. 👍🏽 13mo
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Jas16
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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

Mdargusch I struggled with this one too. 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I struggled too, but I was glad I finished it!! 💜 14mo
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Hooked_on_books
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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.

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi #Greta

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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.

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taraWritesSci
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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. ?

Jennick2004 Hmm this looks intriguing 1y
laurenbescoby Disney bought 21st century fox last year. Technically makes Anastasia a Disney princess now! 1y
taraWritesSci @miralunasbooknook 😱 I'm gonna go sing all the songs from the movie now. 1y
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Pamwurtzler Good ones!! 1y
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