My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a big history lover, I was extremely excited to come upon this book. I was always interested in Romanovs downfall, and it was very interesting to hear about it from the point of view of the matriarch of the family herself.
The book is mainly focused on the life of Dagmar of Denmark, later known as Maria Feodorovna. The story begins with the wedding of her eldest sister, later the Queen of England, and ends with her exile from Russia more than 50 years later.
Although the book is set as Dagmar’s biography, it contains many historical details about Romanov’s reign and opens readers mind and welcomes them into the royal world of Russia’s last emperors. I’ve learned many interesting details that I have not come upon in countless articles I’ve read about last Romanovs. Therefore I highly recommend this book to any historical fiction book lover.
While reading the story of Maria Feodorovna, I was quite taken aback by her character. Her strength, dedication to Russia and the house of Romanov, and ability to survive are just a few of many reasons that made me admire her.
Thank you, NetGalley and Random House for a free copy of this fascinating novel.