Book Review

‘The Romanov Empress’ by C. W. Gortner

tre cwgSTORY: Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in the final years of its long reign.

Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage—as her older sister Alix has done, moving to  England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir and becomes empress once he ascends the throne. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie—now called Maria—must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.

Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has lead her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.

REVIEW: To read any story by C. W. Gortner is to immerse oneself into the complex and opulent world he painstakingly creates. I can’t even begin to imagine the hours it took to research the material for this amazing story. But I can tell you that it was worth every minute because the story is filled with not just details and history of the family but also of the country not many of us know.

If you ever read and loved “War and Piece” then this story is definitely for you. You’ll find that this story is as much as exciting and poignant as the other.

The Romanov Empress is well written, fast paced and truly enjoyable to read.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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