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The Last Grand Duchess: A Novel of Olga Romanov, Imperial Russia, and… (edition 2022)

by Bryn Turnbull (Author)

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"Powerful and haunting . . . an intimate and unforgettable tale that transports the reader to the heart of Imperial Russia." --Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba  This sweeping novel takes readers behind palace walls to see the end of Imperial Russia through the eyes of Olga Nikolaevna Romanov, the first daughter of the last tsar  Grand Duchess Olga Romanov comes of age amid a shifting tide for the great dynasties of Europe. But even as unrest simmers in the capital, Olga is content to live within the confines of the sheltered life her parents have built for her and her three sisters: hiding from the world on account of their mother's ill health, their brother Alexei's secret affliction, and rising controversy over Father Grigori Rasputin, the priest on whom the tsarina has come to rely. Olga's only escape from the seclusion of Alexander Palace comes from the grand tea parties her aunt hosts amid the shadow court of Saint Petersburg--a world of opulent ballrooms, scandalous flirtation, and whispered conversation.  But as war approaches, the palaces of Russia are transformed. Olga and her sisters trade their gowns for nursing habits, assisting in surgeries and tending to the wounded bodies and minds of Russia's military officers. As troubling rumors about her parents trickle in from the front, Olga dares to hope that a budding romance might survive whatever the future may hold. But when tensions run high and supplies run low, the controversy over Rasputin grows into fiery protest, and calls for revolution threaten to end three hundred years of Romanov rule. At turns glittering and harrowing, The Last Grand Duchess is a story about dynasty, duty, and love, but above all, it's the story of a family who would choose devotion to each other over everything--including their lives. Looking for more historical fiction from Bryn Turnbull? Don't miss The Woman Before Wallis. For fans of The Paris Wife and The Crown, this stunning novel tells the true story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward's heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.… (more)
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Title:The Last Grand Duchess: A Novel of Olga Romanov, Imperial Russia, and Revolution
Authors:Bryn Turnbull (Author)
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Somehow innocent and sweet, as told through Olga's eyes, even though we all know the treacherous and horrifying end. Interesting and captivating. And so sad - of course it is. Definitely worth a read.

An interesting look at the last days of the Romanovs, told through the eyes of their oldest daughter, Olga.

Heavily reliant on historical research, and based in part on Olga's own diary, which somehow survived the slaughter of the family.

Olga is rather innocent and naive. We see the sad tale through her eyes, as if through a veil. She tells us what happens, but we don't really know what is going on behind the scenes. Innuendos and hints, but no real understanding.

As a young woman, with a romantic nature, we live the days before and after, through Olga's romances and her work as a war nurse.

The ending is subtle, and apt. And they are gone to the mists of time. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Sep 1, 2022 |
This book follows Grand Duchess Olga as the Russian revolution imprisons her family. The book alternates with a younger Olga, who works as a nurse during WWI. This book was a bit bland. It seems like every other book that I have read about the grand duchesses. Overall, 3 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jun 7, 2022 |
Turnbull, Bryn. The Last Grand Duchess. digital. 2022.

Rasputin and Anastasia have long captured the world's imagination and are often the first two figures thought of in the doomed Romanov family. Bestselling author, Bryn Turnbull flips the script however, and instead focuses on the eldest Romanov child, Grand Duchess Olga Romanov, in this moving historical drama. Olga comes of age as a young woman during a very tumultuous time in Russia, her family's way of life is on the way out and she is struggling to come to terms with her family's place in it. The Russian people love her and her family, they are just and fair rulers, aren't they? As war looms, Olga and her sisters trade the glittering palace life for nursing and do what they can to help the wounded soldiers, but will it be enough for the Russian people. Equal parts gleaming and romantic, readers cheer on Olga's romantic exploits, while hoping that she will somehow escape her fate. The Last Grand Duchess slowly gets darker and gloomier, as the tragic end that readers know to expect, creeps closer. Expertly narrated by Mary Jane Wells, whose cadence and accent lends itself well to the esteemed Romanov court. A new take on an overtold and tragic story. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 27, 2022 |
I have a soft spot for the Romanovs, so I had to pick up this book centered on the Grand Duchess Olga, the oldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. I appreciated the author largely sticking to the facts (the lives of this family are too well documented - too much invention is obvious) and instead applies creative license to Olga's relationships, particularly the romantic ones. This makes for a good read, albeit one that leads toward an inevitably tragic ending. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Feb 26, 2022 |
This novel follows one of Nicholas’ daughters, Olga. She is a normal young lady with love interests and hidden secrets. She is very sheltered and the only time she is outside the palace without her family is when she is at her aunt’s lavish tea parties or when she is nursing the wounded soldiers.

After her father’s abdication, Olga realizes her life will never be the same. She also understands the terrible danger her father’s decisions has placed her and her family.

Give me a book about the Romanovs and I will almost be guaranteed to love it! And this book has a different take! It was more about the Romanovs as a family. This made their tragic death more appalling and heartbreaking.

This also shows the tragedy of Tsar Nicholas’ reign. How removed from the Russian people he really was. I knew a great deal of this. But Bryn Turnbull makes it so real. And I felt the loss of this royal family deep in my heart.

Need a fantastic book about the last royal family of Russia…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Feb 11, 2022 |
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"Powerful and haunting . . . an intimate and unforgettable tale that transports the reader to the heart of Imperial Russia." --Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba  This sweeping novel takes readers behind palace walls to see the end of Imperial Russia through the eyes of Olga Nikolaevna Romanov, the first daughter of the last tsar  Grand Duchess Olga Romanov comes of age amid a shifting tide for the great dynasties of Europe. But even as unrest simmers in the capital, Olga is content to live within the confines of the sheltered life her parents have built for her and her three sisters: hiding from the world on account of their mother's ill health, their brother Alexei's secret affliction, and rising controversy over Father Grigori Rasputin, the priest on whom the tsarina has come to rely. Olga's only escape from the seclusion of Alexander Palace comes from the grand tea parties her aunt hosts amid the shadow court of Saint Petersburg--a world of opulent ballrooms, scandalous flirtation, and whispered conversation.  But as war approaches, the palaces of Russia are transformed. Olga and her sisters trade their gowns for nursing habits, assisting in surgeries and tending to the wounded bodies and minds of Russia's military officers. As troubling rumors about her parents trickle in from the front, Olga dares to hope that a budding romance might survive whatever the future may hold. But when tensions run high and supplies run low, the controversy over Rasputin grows into fiery protest, and calls for revolution threaten to end three hundred years of Romanov rule. At turns glittering and harrowing, The Last Grand Duchess is a story about dynasty, duty, and love, but above all, it's the story of a family who would choose devotion to each other over everything--including their lives. Looking for more historical fiction from Bryn Turnbull? Don't miss The Woman Before Wallis. For fans of The Paris Wife and The Crown, this stunning novel tells the true story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward's heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.

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