I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon


Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was our book club pick for November!  I didn’t get to read the book before attending book club, which gave me a different perspective when I did get a chance to read it!

I had to do some googling for historical purposes as this book takes place from 1918-1920 when under orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police took Anastasia Romanov and her family into a basement in Siberia to kill them.  None survive…..

Then, a couple years later, a woman who looks identical to Anastasia is found in a canal in Berlin.  She even has the same sort of scars as Anastasia.  She is taken to a hospital and when she finally speaks, she claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia!  Some are convinced that this woman is only after the Romanov fortune and call her by a different name, Anna Anderson.  The pot starts to boil when old and new enemies are brought to light.

Is she the real Anastasia, somehow saved from the brutal killings, or is she a brilliant impostor?  If you are up on your history, you may know how this story ends, but this is a great book of deception and uncanny truths of what happened to the Romanov family.

If you’ve read this, let me know what you thought!!  Just a quick note – yes this is the same Anastasia that is in the Disney movie – however – the true story is much more grim…

Available on Amazon – I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

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