The Romanov Sisters
by Helen Rappaport
I wanted to shake up my reading list a bit so I tried to find a book that is not something I would typically read. I am also quite vocal about how bored I get in reading historical themed novels and am not really into biographies, so now, here I was trying to hit two birds in one stone. Hehehe.
The Romanov Sisters is an in-depth narration of how Tsar Nicholas II and his family lived, from their rise to power to unwanted demise. It told the tale of how the Romanov family lived from the Tsar’s marriage, to the growth of their family up until the very end. It focused more on the personal life of the sisters and how they socialized with the people surrounding them. More like a diary of different milestones in the lives of the children. Reading on through the chapters were personal accounts from people who have known them, diary entries and letters that showed that despite their status, the Tsar and Tsarina tried their best to give their children a happy and ordinary life. Which makes me wonder, how much does Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and Alexei know about the current events in Russia (and/or the world) during their life? Were they aware of the political tension in their country and the reasons why their father abdicated the throne?
Overall, I think this was a good read for people like me who would like to start reading non-fiction books. The narration was clear and precise, and it was not as boring as I thought it would be. I know after this, I’ll be going back to my favorite genres but it’s good to discover and learn something new every once in a while.