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The Romanovs

01 Aug

I have just finished reading two fantastic books

and both were related to the Romanov family.

The one I’ve very recently finished was called, “Romanov”

and was written by Nadine Brandes.

(I have loved all of Nadine’s books).

“Romanov” is a mix between fiction, fact and fantasy.

The story starts with the Romanovs imprisoned in Tobolsk

and progresses very quickly to Ekaterinburg.

Within the story, there are mystical magical elements

that relate quite nicely to the cultural background.

As things are ‘wrapping up’ in Ekaterinbrug,

(I won’t spoil the ending for you, if you don’t know the Romanov story),

the author has you part ways with the factual account

and what you are expecting,

and takes you deeper into the mystical with a truly fictionalised ending.

At first I was confused when this happened,

but, I assure you, it was worth continuing.

I really liked the ending.

And, as with all of Nadine’s books,

there’s a very strong Christian theme running throughout.

This book focuses on loving your enemy

and I would say forgiveness as well.

I really enjoyed this book.

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However, I think I particularly enjoyed the book

because I was familiar with the history of the Romanov family.

I’m not sure I would have appreciated it quite so much without knowing a little of the history beforehand.

I actually think Nadine gave a rather glossy impression of the family

but perhaps that’s part of Nadine’s lesson for us – giving them grace and forgiveness.

For a really good book about the history of the Romanovs,

you can’t go past Candace Fleming’s book, “The Family Romanov”.

I read this aloud with my boys and it’s edge-of-the-seat reading.

Candace paints a more sombre, perhaps closer to the truth view of the family and events surrounding them.

The book starts at the beginning of Nicholas Romanov’s story,

before Nicholas was the Tsar and before he was married.

Candace also describes how the Tsars and nobility lived,

and contrasts it with stories of how the peasants lived.

Of coures, these two groups eventually clash and Candace relates how the country unraveled into revolution.

The infamous Rasputin and his interactions with the Romanov family is also included.

You can’t have the Romanov story without this man.

The last section of the book tells of Nicholas’ abdication

and the family’s imprisonment in Siberia.

And of course I can’t tell you the ending,

but my boys were shocked and not expecting it.

This story, and the book that tells it, is fascinating.

Well written history is always a delight.

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So, if you are interested in the Romanov story,

read Candace Fleming’s book, “The Family Romanov”,

and if you need a happier ending

follow it up with Nadine’s book, “Romanov”.

Both were wonderful books to read.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2019 in History, My Library

 

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