Friday, February 8, 2013

It's been too long

since I read a good book.

I feel like I have been choosing the wrong books and forcing myself to read them.
Which just turns into me not reading at all.
Until last week. I picked up a good book.
As soon as I finished I wanted to share it with Book Club Friday.

So what is the name of the book I loved?
Taken from the Good Reads website:
It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. What neighbors and even her children don’t know, however, is that she is not who she claims to be—the widow of a Russian immigrant of modest means. In actuality she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, known as Tania to her parents, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

And so begins the latest entrancing historical entertainment by Carolly Erickson. At its center is young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family’s private enclave outside the capital. Tania is one of four daughters, and the birth of her younger brother Alexei is both a blessing and a curse. When he is diagnosed with hemophilia and the key to his survival lies in the mysterious power of the illiterate monk Rasputin, it is merely an omen of much worse things to come. Soon war breaks out and revolution sweeps the family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment in Siberia. Into Tania’s world comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from certain death.

I thought the book was wonderfully written and I loved the historical side. I didn't realize I was such a historical fiction fan until after reading this. That genre will definitely be on my list next. It was also nice to read a new author that I had never heard of- which can be risky, but also can payoff. 

What are you reading? What genre do you prefer?

1 comment:

Shoshanah said...

I love reading historical fiction! It's probably one of my favorites. I haven't read this one, or in general many books set in Russia, but I'm pretty sure I read one of Carolly Erickson's books a few years ago.

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