The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra E–pub/Kindle

Ugh they were an integral part of Russian history Instead by means of surviving diaries and letters from the family servants and friends Rappaport paints how the uiet family lived frustrations the girls had about being sheltered from the outside world and even the first blooms of love From each of their births down to their tragic deaths I came away with a deep appreciation for each of their different characters and strengths also a profound sense of loss for what they might have accomplished had they lived What a wonderful read a new all time favorite I personally am without religious faith Some books demand that you be religious to understand how the characters think and behave I just finished The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra The religious faith of the girls and their mother is all encompassing and totally comprehensibleeven to me I really like books like this that let you experience a whole new way of looking at the world around you I saw their world through their eyes You now what hits me Everyone is reading horror stories for Halloween Well this is a horror story too a real oneI enjoyed this book very much and so have given it four stars It is by no means my first book on the last Russian czar and his family I love Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra and highly recommend that too What Rappaport s book has that is lacking from Massie s is a glimpse at the personalities of the four Grand duchesses Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia Having read this book I feel I now them The beginning isn t focused on them I was muttering But this is just the same thing as all the other books on the Romanovs When am I going to be given the details on the girls Be patient it comes Their characters are not simplistically summarized you follow them from their birth to their death Some personality aspects change others remain stable You see how they react in different situations and at different ages You get different people s views of the four girls and their brother and mother and father too Lots of uotes are given so you hear how they responded to each other in varying scenarios I loved hearing how they girls behaved as children and then later as they worked as nurses in WW1 and finally when imprisoned first in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo then in Tobolsk and finally at Ekaterinberg You learn about the whole family It was a very close family Family relationships are a central theme too but you learn much about the girls and their mother than father or son You leave the book with a good understanding of what made each one of them tick and how outside events shaped them into who they were Nature and nurture bothYou also get an easily told story of the historical events You don t get a political analysis of the situation in the Russian Empire You are delivered a character study with the historical events as they unfold If you want go to Massie s book You cannot read this book without being horrified You cannot read this book without getting emotionally invested You cannot read this book without coming to understand the importance of faith and spiritual belief and love of family and country to Nicholas Alexandra and their children Personal decisions and choices affect historyWhen I started this audiobook I was displeased with the narration by Xe Sands She reads rapidly She reads with emotion You hear in her intonation her own emotional reaction to the events She is not giving an unbiased presentation of the lines There is gossip and she reads these lines with just such a tone She sounds herself like a gossip when she relates what is being said about the Romanovs BUT I grew used to the speed As I progressed I began to feel the lines simply HAD to be read with emotional fervor How can you just read without passiongiven what was happening It works because her emotions reflect the author s lines very wellYou cannot read just one book about the last Romanovs This is worth reading and it is easy to follow Its strongest focus is on the girls personalities with all the rest told too It has an epilogue that states what happened after the deaths that is to those who aided them and also those who enhanced their suffering As I a recovering sick person who s had an entire day to ponder over the book sit down to write this review I still find myself grasping at whispy clouds of thoughts I Don T Know don t now to write a review that would honour this gruesome tale of the end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern world Don Bluth s Anastasia its historical inaccuracies notwithstanding was probably the first historical movie I watched and not unlike many obsessed over So much so that I still remember how years later an eleven year old Anya used to hole up in her father s office during summer vacation and pour over articles after articles online about the last Romanovs the Bolshevik Revolution and Anna Anderson And the day I turned seventeen I vividly remember feeling crushed because Anastasia was never going to be older than me nowIn The Romanov Sisters Helen Rappaport effortlessly glides through the last Russian imperial family s history without making it seem like a tedious read which I for one was immensely grateful for I have had an abysmal track record with non fiction and unless it fully engages me I drop books like dead flies Unlike all the historical accounts on the four sisters that I have read over the years Rappaport s novel hits the closest even though she focuses on the imperial family as a whole as opposed to what the title suggests one can t help but applaud how brilliantly she captures the personality of every single sister and make them seem human with uirks personal achievements flaws captures the personality of every single sister and make them seem human with uirks personal achievements flaws etc rather than portraying them as mere spectres of historyThe story of the last Romanovs is essentially a story of love for it was an era when matrimony was a machination to a political alliance and finding a love match amongst imperial families was as rare as experiencing the warmth of a sunny December day in Tobolsk It s a story of familial love of schaste of a warm and happy childhood I dare complain the least having such happiness on earth having a treasure like you my beloved Alix and already the three little cherubs From the depth of my heart do I thank God for all His blessings in giving me you He gave me paradise and has made my life an easy and happy one Nicky and Alix of Hesse whose marriage was a love match in the truest sense were blessed with a healthy baby girl Olga Nikolaevna in the winter of 1895 Olga was the greatest joy to her parents from the moment she was born although the entire empire was disappointed as it was hoping for a male heirimage error uick read Informative Learned a lot I picked it up to see what their story was all about And I was surprised at the amount of impact was both on the world and on them as a familyThe author does a good job at eeping things at just the right level not too complex not too simple She explains all the connections to the British family covers some of the world tensions causing the problems for the Romanov s And their deaths are handled with the right level of respectYou really learn a lot about their marriage the ways the girls were raised and what people s thoughts on love were in the early 20th century About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes *On Goodreads And Then I Send It *Goodreads and then I send it over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me now what you think Vote in the poll and ratings 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Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia World War I and the Russian Revolution Rappaort aims to present a new and challenging take on the story drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters diaries and archival sources as well as private collections It is a book that will surprise people even aficionad. What happened to the Romanovs was haunting I have always had an interest in this family and their and place in history and I thought this book painted a vivid picture for me What was most horrifying about their lives besides the ending was the illness Months of recovery hair loss and temporary deafnesssheesh I recommend every anti vaxer read this book I guarantee you ll change your mind If I had children I d immediately run them to the nearest clinic and vaccine those little ones up then I would give them a mercury chaser just in case Then I would take borrow my friend s time mower and go back in time find Alexander Fleming and iss him on the lips and thank him for inventing penicillin Sure that stuff would ill me now but living without the stuff back in the day was worse than death right before the death happenedBecause the five ids were so ill with measles and other nasty things they couldn t travel and this prevented the Romanovs from a timely escape to England Measles illed them well the guns helpedI did enjoy this book uite a bit I wonder what would have been different if they had survivedsadCalm down it s a joke But seriously vaccinate your ids Need convincing Google Small pox images Having read all of Helen Rappaport s books including her 2009 Ekaterinburg the Last Days of the Romanovs I was delighted to read her latest work The Romanov Sisters concentrates on the story of the Romanov s from a slightly different viewpoint rather than highlighting the relationship of Nicholas and Alexandra or the illness of Alexey and Alexandra s reliance on Rasputin she takes the largely untold life stories of four sisters and examines them in detail Of course the marriage of Nicholas and Alexandra the birth of Alexey and Rasputin are all there but instead of the mere mention of four Grand Duchesses they become individuals possibly for the first time in printWhen Olga was born in 1895 Nicholas and Alexandra were besotted with their daughter After all Alexandra had given birth to a healthy and beautiful child and there was no reason to believe that the son needed as heir to the dynasty would not follow In 1897 with the birth of Tatiana Alexandra did ask what the nation would say to the birth of another daughter obviously realising that public opinion might shift against her if she failed to produce a son If she was concerned then the birth of two daughters Maria in 1899 and Anastasia in 1901 could only have caused her and Nicholas extreme concern However as a couple they adored and loved their daughters It is reasonable to say that had Nicholas been in almost any other situation four royal daughters would have been an asset However with Alexandra alienating the aristocracy by her non participation in society with relatives circling and seeing the possibility of nudging their own sons nearer the throne and with only a male heir able to succeed as Tsar the situation was a worrying one The birth of Alexey in 1904 should have solved all problems sadly as we now it caused new onesIt is fascinating to read that even before the first world war many members of the foreign press were nonplussed by the Russian reaction to the birth of the four Grand Duchesses with some objecting to the discrimination shown the girls One American journal thought four daughters enough to guarantee the security of the succession and their visit to England in 1909 was a triumph where the young girls enchanted press and crowds alike However in Russia the nowledge that Alexey had haemophilia led their parents to retreat in order to hide their secret and the world of the four girls began to shrink amidst widespread unrest As members of the aristocracy bemoaned their lack of contact with society and to blame Alexandra for eeping them almost prisoners in their palaces the healer and mystic Rasputin entered their lives Alexandra was wracked with guilt for giving her precious son the hereditary illness and retreating into solitude and ill health herself the girls often became carers to both their mother and brotherThis book gives all the girls their own personality and makes fascinating reading While both Nicholas and Alexandra tended to treat their girls as younger than their age we read of how they began to receive marriage proposals and to develop crushes on young officers that accompanied the family or on those soldiers they treated during the first world war By 1914 there were no desirable and marriageable royal princesses than Olga and Tatiana and it is Apparent That Both Girls Were that both girls were women by this time naive and unworldly but certainly struggling with crushes and feelings they were unable to ignore However the author also asks the interesting uestion of whether the girls were also deemed less of a desirable marriage prospect by the fear of haemophilia and the instability of Russia plus the isolation of the girls which made them often shy and uncomfortable in society Although Alexandra insisted her girls were too young and inexperienced to be allowed into the St Petersburg society she objected to she allowed them often inappropriate contact with officers in the gilded cage she confined them in and against which they obviously longed to leave although they rarely voiced that wish as they were generally obedient and loving daughtersThis book follows their life from the glittering palaces of Imperial Russia through rare but much loved trips abroad and on to the war and Revolution We Learn Of We learn of the girls nursed the injured how they studied and how they forlornly hung on to every word about life outside of the one they lived in Helen Rappaport really they forlornly hung on to every word about life outside of the one they lived in Helen Rappaport really this time come alive and this is a book to immerse yourself in and which should you have any interest in this period of history which you will enjoy immensely Wonderfully written sympathetic but honest this is a welcome appraisal of the life of the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra often sidelined by history but now shown as the individuals they were and the tragedies they faced with dignity and fortitude This is another success from an author that I admire greatly and whose books are always a pleasure to read and re readI received a copy of this book from the publishers for review Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of Tatiana Olga Maria and Anastasia the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra in this well written account of the girls and their lives at courtI have read a great deal of books on the subject of Russia and the Romanov family and wasn t particularly sure what new information I would gain from this book But I was plesently surprised with the author s approach to the Novel and the research she had done Rappaport s skill at showing life within the Romanov family makes a genuinely new and interesting contribution to the Romanov story I found on reading this book that I gained a better insight into the girls lives and perso Well that was damn tragic and beyond sad 35 Although much in this book was nown to me previously I did like the way this was presented The writing is very readable clear and precise It focused on the family their daily schedules the people they were in contact with and their individual personalities History of course invaded the focus but only when necessary and how it affected the family and what they thought about what was happening I did feel that I received a better understanding of the girls their individual personalities their thoughts and hopes for the future Their first loves or crushes their schooling and the many people including Rasputin who they trusted I never new the extent that they were secluded ept out of the influence of the Russian nobility and I can t help but feel that this did them a huge disservice They were often thought to be socially awkward abroad and by their own people I couldn t help but think that had the two oldest girls been allowed to marry at least two lives would have been saved This book was extensively researched and I very much like that the book did not end of the murder of the Czar and his family but conti. They were the Princess Dianas of their day perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia Romanov were much admired for their happy dispositions their looks the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyleOver the years the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918.

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Nued on to tell the fate of many of those who had supported the family ARC from NetGalley Dutiful members of the newly liberated proletariat munching apples and caviar sandwiches were encouraged to visit the Alexander Palace on Sundays Wednesdays and Fridays making sure first to don the ugly but obligatory felt overshoes to protect the beautiful waxed paruet floors from damage After doing so they would be ushered through the imperial apartments to an accompanying and freuently contemptuous account of their former occupants The well drilled official guides did their best to decry the decidedly bourgeoise tastes of Russia s last tsar and his wife The old fashioned art nouveau style furniture the cheap outmoded oleographs and sentimental pictures the English wallpaper the profusion of nick nacks scattered around on every available surfacereminded visitors of the typical parlor of an English or American boarding house or a second class Berlin restaurant The family themselves were dismissed in the glib phrases of Soviet speak as an historical irrelevanceAs visitors were conducted from room to roomthey could not avoid an increasing sense of Nicholas II not as the despotic ruler painted to them but rather as a dull family man who had crammed his study and librarywith photographs of his children at every stage of their development from babyhood to adulthood Helen Rappaport The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and AlexandraThe most interesting choice Helen Rapaport makes in The Romanov Sisters is what she decides to leave out of the narrative the deaths of her subjects The four daughters of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra were murdered by the Bolsheviks on July 17 1918 along with their parents brother and four retainers This essential fact has tended to dominate the Romanov legacy and to overshadow the lives of Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia Instead of providing any sort of description of their final moments which Rappaport has covered elsewhere in her The Last Days of the Romanovs she opens her book with a hushed tour of the Alexander Palace where the former person Nicholas Romanov had lived with his family She takes us room to room pointing out the things that were left behind In the girls rooms are jewelry boxes combs and brushes exercise books even their baby clothes and christening robes In attempting to create a presence by describing an absence Rappaport delivers a profound statement on their fates than any number of graphically detailed reconstructions of what happened in the basement of the House of Special Purpose Following this sad prologue Rappaport circles back to happier days before revolution and imprisonment and death Rappaport starts the central narrative by providing a mini biography of Empress Alexandra the oft absence somewhat hypochondriacal mother who dominated the lives of her daughters Oft maligned by history Rappaport is perceptive in explaining her if never excusing her From this recounting of Alexandra the story flows chronologically tracing her courtship with Nicholas II their eventual marriage and the births of four daughters all of whom would be outshone by the arrival of an heir Alexei whose hemophilia played a role in the downfall of their familyThe contours of this tale will be familiar to anyone who has read about the Romanovs However the difference between The Romanov Sisters and your typical book about the Russian Revolution is that Rappaport runs the story through Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia Events are depicted as seen through their eyes More than that she attempts successfully to differentiate the girls from one another As Rappaport rightly points out they are often described as a single unit including by their mother Here she strains to carve out a personality for each from a lovesick Olga to a mischievous Anastasia Much of The Romanov Sisters takes on aspects of an idyll There are vacations to the Crimea and pleasant cruises on their yacht Yet the storm is always approaching and almost everything is tinged with the unspoken nowledge of the doom to come For instance Rappaport relates the remembrances of Hallie Wheeler wife of American diplomat Post Wheeler Hallie saw the Romanov children at the orchestra and noted how Alexei received the most attention Her eyes though were on two of the girls Returning to her box after the interval Hallie noticed that Anastasia and Maria had already taken up their places near her side of the railing She was not a beautiful child but THERE WAS SOMETHING FRANK AND WINNING was something frank and winning her she recalled of Anastasia On the flat railing sat the now depleted box of chocolates and her white gloves were sadly smudged She shyly held out the box to me and I took one As the music struck up Anastasia began humming the folk tune they were playing Hallie asked her what it was Oh she replied it is an old song about a little girl who had lost her doll The lingering notes of that lovely song hummed by the young grand duchess and the sight Of Her Chocolate Soiled Gloves That Evening her chocolate soiled gloves that evening stay with Hallie for many yearsIn attempting to steer clear of their deaths Rappaport does go a bit too far The time spent in the Ipatiev House is very streamlined This is somewhat understandable especially since Rappaport has thoroughly tilled this soil in other books Nonetheless certain important aspects with regard to the Romanov girls especially Maria s alleged trysting with a guard are entirely excised This is extremely odd especially in comparison to Rappaport s earlier exploration of Olga s love life The portrait that emerges of Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia is one ordinariness They were born into incredible privilege and wealth yet they were exceedingly normal in their everyday concerns whether that was lovesickness their weight or their schoolwork At one point they had everything but when it was all taken from them they never complained content above all that they should be together as a family Naturally as I read this I saw the opportunities for some of them to escape What if for example Olga had married a foreign prince and gotten herself out of Russia Inevitably though you come to the conclusion that if they had to die they would have wished to die together I m in no position to discuss the canonization of the family by the Russian Orthodox Church I will say though that the evidence of how the girls acted in their final days their acceptance of their circumstances feels like a ind of martyrdom even if it was forced upon them Big historical events tend to overwhelm us It is hard to understand the shape of certain tragedies because it is beyond the imagination to conjure Millions of Russians died in the First World War Many millions mostly civilians died in the Russian Civil War that followed How do you imagine a million of anything much less bodies The Romanovs especially Olga Tatiana Maria Anastasia and Alexei give us a frame of reference We now their names their faces We now some of their thoughts and facets of their character They come to stand for all the victims who died unremembered in unmarked graves We too have to understand through it all that God is greater than everything and that he wants to draw us through our sufferings closer to Him But my country my God how I love it with all the power of my being and her sufferings give me actual physical pain Alexandra Romonova I cannot stress enough what a wonderful book this was For the duration of my reading I was transported back in time through Russia Finland and Britain at the turn of the century Revolution death and hard times were ahead for Russia and its people after 1918 Knowing that this book would not have a happy ending though didn t diminish the pleasure I had at glimpsing what life was like for the private Romanovs a family that incited both controversy and intrigue Rappaport did an excellent job of relating the story of the Romanov sisters by not focusing all of her attention on the great love story that was Nicholas and Alexandra or even the mythical Rasputin tho. Has clouded our view of them leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family we learn that they were intelligent sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with itThe Romanov. ,
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