I recently finished “I Was Anastasia” by Ariel Lawhon. It is related to the tragedy of the Romanov family along with the rumors spread that Anastasia survived.
Russian, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Levin, 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: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled, schierviring and senseless, from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to a hospital, where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman clam ins to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
The questions swirling around Anna Anderson’s past and the mystery of Anastasia Romanov’s fate char a saga that spans half a century and touches three continents. Every bit as vivid and climatic as it is poignant and enchanting, this novel brings a piece of legendary history to life.
This book has two perspectives- on from Anna’s point of view and another from Anastasia’s point of view. You get to experience the tragedy of the Romanov family and see the events afterward. Anastasia Romanov’s is told in the 1st person- that makes it easy to connect to her story and the tragedies that happened to her family. This storyline is the easiest to follow due to being told in order.
With Anna Anderson’s point of view, I struggled a bit more. Her events are told in backwards order. That makes it hard to know how everything we hear about is even connected. You can feel for Anna Anderson, but it is really hard to understand how all those events connected. Those were the most problematic parts of the novel.
It is an interesting book to read if you are even interested in the Romanov family. I got to know more about Anastasia’s family.