TITLE: I Was Anastasia
AUTHOR: Ariel Lawhon
GENRES: Historical Fiction
LENGTH: 13 hours
PUBLISHED: March 27th 2018
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.
Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson.
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.
Taking a woman by force makes a man no better than the rooster in Tobolsk. It simply makes him an animal.
I finally got around to read I Was Anastasia. And let me tell you, I was so excited! I had been waiting for this even before it was released. I love everything that has something to do with the Romanovs. With that said, I have to say that I was sadly disappointed with this.
The biggest problem I had with this book was all the hopping around from this time to that time. Reading this as an audiobook didn’t help with that at all. I wasn’t able to easily hop back to check where we were at that moment, not like I could do with a physical copy. In my opinion this could have been done without that many time/place changes.
There’s two different storylines going on. One is Anastasia and her family’s story from their time being prisoners. The other one is Anna Anderson’s. She’s a woman who was found drowning from a canal in Berlin.
It was really an interesting book! It’s all pretty much left for the reader to decide if indeed Anna Anderson is Anastasia Romanov. There’s a lot of things that speak for Anna’s behalf, to support her telling to be Anastasia. But there is also some things that make you doubt her, is she really telling the truth or is it all just one big hoax. And I like these types of books. It makes you think and be the private investigator, trying to wrap your brain around every little detail thrown at you.
what I also really liked is the narrator! I love it how she actually spoke in Russian accent whenever she was reading Anna’s lines. Not so much when narrating Anastasia’s but I think it’s because she’s speaking Russia, not English.
All in all it was a good book and yet another one that made me cry at the end. The Romanov’s last moments are truly horrible and get e every time even though I know how their lives ended. It always makes me think how horrible species we humans are. But the confusion about different times and places all the time was just too big of a let down for me.