The Romanov Empress A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna E–pub New
A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas kI admit that I ve only read two of Gortner s historical novels and enjoyed them both but this is far far better than most historical novels I ve read including his In fact I d go as far as to say that Gortner is approaching Alison Weir territory The Romanov Empress presents a peek at the era from 1862 through 1918 narrated by Tsarevna and eventual Tsarina Maria Feodorovna formerlynown as Dagmar of Denmark Keep in mind that this is an imagined account so there are a few very few modifications of the facts For factual biographies of the Romanov Dynasty I would suggest anything written by Robert K MassieThe Romanov Dynasty ruled Russia for four hundred years and thought themselves to rule by divine right Entitled doesn t even begin to describe the excessive extravagance and royally haughty attitudes of this powerful family The chasm between the haves and the have nots was the percursor to the eventual demise of the Romanov family ruleWe see Maria Feodorovna develop from an uncertain teenage bride in a foreign land into the strong domineering and fiercely patriotic matriarch of a powerful family The names and familial connections can be a little confusing nothing like Tolstoy as people come and go and come back again but Gortner provides family trees which I found myself referencing every once in a while just to be sure that I had the relationships right There is also a map which furnishes a visual of the cities and palaces that populate this novelFrom French couture opulent gems and blindingly brilliant balls to arranged marriages revolutions war and murder you will find The Romanov Empress to be fast paced and fascinating If you like historical fiction don t miss it If you like your Russian Revolutions without all that unpleasantness about starving peasants and Bolshevik firing suads this is the book for you It follows the life of Empress Maria wife to Alexander III and mother to the doomed Nicholas II She was born Dagmar of Denmark called Minnie a minor princess in a royal line of diminished circumstances When her father unexpectedly inherits the Danish throne Minnie is arranged to marry the heir apparent of Russia Nicholas but he dies before they are married She then marries his younger brother Alexander in what starts out as a marriage of duty rather than one of love However over time Alexander and Minnie grow to love one another and Minnie embraces her role as the Empress of RussiaThe first half of this book covers the period from Minnie s engagement until the death of her husband Tsar Alexander III The second half covers the years of her son Nicholas II s reign up until Minnie is forced to flee Russia in 1918 The first half is better reading That s because Minnie starts as a young outsider learning how to be a Tsarina in the backwater of imperial Russia but ages into an entrenched entitled royal who does little besides complaining about her grown children This book really seems to want its readers to hate Alexandra Minnie s daughter in law and Nicholas II s wife And goodness nows Alexandra was a hysterical idiot But despite this book s clear intentions I "FOUND MYSELF SYMPATHIZING WITH HER OVER "myself sympathizing with her over who uite resembles a mother in law from Hades at times Minnie as petty and controlling with her family and clueless about the peasantry while always believing *she s in the right I did enjoy her enduring frenemy relationship with her sister in law Miechen But *s in the right I did enjoy her enduring frenemy relationship with her sister in law Miechen But once Minnie s husband dies there s nothing to ground her character and her narration starts to read like gossipWho nows how much of the Maria Feodorovna from this book is real and how much is the author s creative narration But if author Daisy Goodwin could write ueen Victoria of all people into a sympathetic character I tend to think the failings of Minnie s character in this book rest suarely on C W Gortner s shoulders I think readers of light historical fiction and Romanov fans will enjoy this 35 stars Overall This book is amazing A story of love power history passion and war centered on the Romanovs An incredible account of the life of Maria Feodorovna but also a detailed account of Russian history from 1862 1918 This is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time Epic in scope with exuisite writing and depth of characters I highly recommend to lovers of historical fiction the Romanovs Russian history and anyone looking for an enthralling story of a strong woman 55 or 910Summary This is the story of Maria formerly Minnie Feodorovna who is the mother of the last tsar of Russia She is born a Danish princess becomes engaged to marry Tsarevich Nicholas Nixa until he dies from meningitis His dying wish is that she marry his younger brother Sasha Minnie agrees and the story follows her life as she grows accustomed to the opulent life
OF THE RUSSIAN COURT FALLS IN the Russian court falls in with Sasha and subseuently Russia 5 huge stars to The Romanov Empress Historical fiction fans will not want to miss CW Gortner s latest novel I would also offer if you enjoy perfect storytelling involving an enthralling and strong woman this book is also for you The Romanov Empress is narrated by the mother of Russia s last tsar Maria formerly Minnie Feodorovna is born a Danish princess however while her family has rank due to title it is low on funds Her story begins when she is a teen and her sister Alix is about to marry the Prince of Wales son of ueen Victoria I find ueen Victoria especially fascinating so it was intriguing to hear about her from Maria s point of view Maria also is set for a royal marriage to eep her family s status and while it is not an easy or simple journey especially for her heart she marries the Romanov heir who later takes the throne The descriptions of the setting as she arrives in St Petersburg were absolutely mesmerizing Later Maria s husband dies and her son Nicholas is now the ruler of a disintegrating empire that is struggling in every way She attempts to guide her Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar this novel brings to life the courageous story. On but her efforts are futile with Nicholas wife and Rasputin having the emperor s ear The Romanov Empress is epic in its scope and the writing is exuisite while also being highly readable The rich setting is replete with opulence and grandeur balanced with war and extreme turmoil I savored this reading experience and Maria is a memorable and inspiring historical figure who falls in love with Russia and does her best to honor and uphold it It is a story of family sacrifice strength and ultimately love Thank you to Random HouseBallantine for the complimentary copy The Romanov Empress is now availableMy reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom Don t you nowThey re talkin bout a revolutionIt sounds like a whisper Talkin Bout a Revolution Tracy Chapman Songwriters Tracy Chapman Danish princesses the daughters of the man who would come to be Denmark s King Christian IX Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar Minnie or Dagmar to her father and her older sister Alexandra Alix were both predestined to marry into royalty Alix of course would marry first and married Edward VII Albert Edward nown to his family as Bertie the son of ueen Victoria Minnie meets and ultimately is courted by Nixa Nicholas Alexandrovich Tsarevich of Russia and a courtship ensues and suddenly she finds herself busy preparing for a new life Nixa had chosen me for me I d not made it a simple task but in the end he won my heart not because he was the tsarevich but because of who he was inside I fell in love with Nixa Romanov himself with his gentle spirit and noble soul Plans are being made letters exchanged professional portraits are taken and exchanged and romantic that he is he sends her a box of books Russian fairy tales poetry novels by Tolstoy and a Russian primer Purchases were made for her trousseau in order that she could travel to my nuptials dressed in the latest styles All was going smoothly when the telegram arrived She notices first the uiver in her mother s voice when she says her name Something has happened Her Nixa has been thrown from his horse and the situation has worsened He has asked to see her and they must leave uickly he has spinal meningitisAlong the way praying for a miracle for his recovery she thinks of the life together they have planned but can t envision can t bear to think of a life without him Nixa understanding his duty to his country as well seeks to obtain a promise from Minnie to marry his brother Sasha from whom he extracted a matching promise Eventually she concedes wanting to offer him some solace in his last minutes Maria Feodorovna as she came to be nown to the world but still Minnie to family marries Sasha Tsesarevich Alexander of Russia Minnie becoming Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna of Russia In time she will come to be the mother of the last Russian tsarIt is a time of much change although serfdom had already been done away with there is much anarchy and the people want It is a country at the start of those that have everything they need and everything they want while others live in poverty And while Maria has grown somewhat accustomed to her opulent lifestyle she is moved by the conditions While she never was as poverty stricken as *Some Of These People She Did Not *of these people she did not up in an affluent home As much as she tries to persuade Sasha to improve the conditions of the poor he can
T Concern Himself With Such Things Politics And Policies Through concern himself with such things Politics and policies through generations the lavish luxury revolutions designer ball gowns manipulations the gems dissention the palaces the poverty It s a land on the brink Enter Rasputin and piece by piece it all goes to hell through massive manipulationEverywhere around her it *SEEMS MARIA CAN T MAKE ANYONE *Maria can t make anyone what is happening but nothing will stop her from trying and her frustrations abound This is the first book I have read by CW Gortner who has painted a lovely picture of this woman from her earlier years to her later years and this time and place in history It s a look at a life that was at times fraught with peril and at times filled with love It certainly is not your average life and I felt that it was a very thorough perhaps sometimes overly so look at this very uniue time and place in history covering the years 1862 through 1918 Years filled with power struggles and revolution and while there may be a few adjustments amendments or adaptations to this fictionalized account it is clear after reading this that the author has clearly done his researchPub Date 10 JUL 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books Fantastic Nicholas II and his family will always be one of history s greatest tragedies Revolutions don t come about from one event they come from many many years of strife It was interesting seeing these events unfold through Minnie s eyes She was a formidable woman that was as devoted to Russia as she was to her family Gortner is a fantastic writer that puts life into his characters and enables history to come alive through his writing Highly recommend This is a journey through Russian history from 1862 1918 the court of the Romanovs who considered themselves ordained by God to rule It s compelling and dramatic and a fabulous way to read history through CW Gortner s portrayal I wish I could think of words better than compelling and dramatic to describe this book but in truth it is these things It s the story of the Romanov dynasty but in essence it s Maria Feodorovna s story She was spirited intelligent beautiful stubborn a devout wife and mother and a woman whose place in Russian history is firm heeding her mother s advice that Even from behind the throne a woman can rule A Danish Princess from a royal family of not much means she was not accustomed to all of the amenities of royalty until her father s fate changes but importantly hers as she is engaged to be married to Tsarevich Nicholas Nixa until he succumbs to meningitis His dying wish that she would marry. Of Maria Feodorovna one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women who witnessed the splen. His younger brother Alexander seals her fate as she marries Sasha grows accustomed to the opulent life that the court offers falls in love with her husband and Russia This is a story of power of love of family revolution and war from the height of Romanovs to their fall Lovers of historical fiction especially Russian history shouldn t miss this I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through NetGalley A compelling fictional story based on the life of Empress Maria Feodorovna and narrated by the mother of Russia s prior tsar She was the Princess Dagmar of Denmark before marrying the heir to the Russian throne She goes by Minnie and at the tender age of nineteen begins a life that will take her down many pathsI was fascinated with the ambiance of the time period in Russia Luxurious living the royal jewels and all the Russian culture to the heartbreak of disease and war this was such a captivating story I loved following Minnie s life in Russia from the palace to the fight to save their empireMinnie ultimately had to face many struggles and she proved to be such a strong woman and a bold leader She will witness the collapse of the Romanov dynasty and try to hold her family together The politics the strong family bonds as well as all the inner family drama added to the intrigue of this absorbing tale set in a turbulent historical time period It is well written and richly detailed I enjoyed reading about the Romanov Dynasty Review will post to my Blog on July 242018 as part of blog tour review will post on publication date July 102018 5 tragic starsYou can find my reviews here Over the last week or so I have been so very fortunate to have read two fantastic historical fiction novels one about Patsy Jefferson and now this wonderful novel about the Russian Empress Maria FedorovnaMaria Feodorovna Dagmar of Denmark was a Danish princess Her parents were of royal blood yet somewhat impoverished Through the lines of succession Dagmar s father became the Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss king of Denmark and his children went on to be married to various rulers or to lead various European countries Dagmar was I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review All my opinions are my own My thoughts are scattered on this a bit so bear with meInitial reaction SO GOOD WowReview Sometimes I just wanted to shake these people for the decisions they made From a certain point you can see why they did what they did and the circumstances that brought everything about but stillMakes you wonder if Sasha had met with his father before he was murdered would it have changed anything or made things worse Would they have reached a compromise I m leaning towards no considering what was going on at the time but whonowsWould Sasha have still burned his father s papers regarding Duma and a constitution Perhaps I can see the reasoning in his head behind what he did but I still mentally Don't Hex with Texas kicked him in the balls and threw him into next TuesdayWould anything have helped saved them Were things falling into place as they were meant to If certain things had happened a different way or not happened at all would it have made a difference Or was the path set from the beginning Were they powerless to stop the wheels from turningMaybe some would say the family was cursed I haven t read much on all the Romanovs yet I was fascinated by the story of Anastasia when I was younger after I watched the animated film and her possibly surviving the family s massacare I remember looking up things on the internet and printing out articlespictures Wondering what she looked like as a grownup what her life would have been after surviving but Alexandra was setting my teeth on edge in here uite a few times More than once she reminded me of my sister in law I could tell you stories all day long about her and I was aching to tell her offA couple of times I wondered if she was an introvert or just naturally standoffish She didn t strike me as shy but I could be wrong Calculating a couple times yes and the type to treat everything as a State Secret That Nobody Must Know and Keep Out of Our Business again I have relatives like this at least with MinnieMaria Maybe she was jealousintimidated of her mother in law and just wanted her out of the picture so she didn t have to be in her shadow Or she wanted to be the only one influencing her husband toeep everything around her in controlWho nows what was going on in her mind I admired Minnie s restraint in dealing with her sometimes my brain to mouth filter probably would have failed than once if I was herIf I m wrong be gentle as I ve said I haven t read much on the whole family yet Hoping to do that soon I m just stating things that came into my head during my time with this book I have looked a few things up here and there while reading to see pictures and to get bits of info and whatnot whatnot but as of now that s all so farThe writing captivated me from *The Beginning It Felt *beginning it felt you were there with Minnie every step of the way I admired her for persevering and not backing down She wasn t a perfect woman but she was certainly something There times I didn t
*know how she *how she it together ept herself goingThe author did a wonderful job of depicting the complexities of the times and the court once again I say I am glad not to live back then navigating the waters of that system always having to watch your back so to speakThe tension in the air during Nicholas reign was well done so thick you could cut it with a Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation knife Once everything started going downhill it had the feeling of natural disaster that wouldn t be stopped for anythingNear the end younow what s coming and you Pajama Party kind of brace yourself in a way despitenowing the outcome and that it won t change just for you Makes you sad and angry for various reasons What Minnie thought privately who nows but can t blame her for holding onto the hope they somehow survivedWould highly recommen. Dor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final year. .