Review and Giveaway: The Family Romanov

Title: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
Author: Candace Fleming
Publisher: Random House
Published: July 8, 2014
Hardcover, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-375-86782-8
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read.

My thoughts:
Candace Fleming has written several books including Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart and The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. Fleming's latest book tackles one of the most famous families in history: The Romanovs. 

This book covers the early years of Nicholas II--the days of wealth, power, and privilege--and leads to the ultimate downfall of not only him, but his whole family. However the book not only covers the Romanovs, it also takes a look at what it was like for the common man/woman living in Russia during this tumultuous time period. It has first hand accounts as well as many photographs of the Tsar and his family. 

The Romanov family has always interested me. Partly because of the mystery of Anastasia, and partly because this was such a crazy time in Russian history. Candace Fleming does a superb job of not only giving us a glimpse inside the royal family, but also what the people of Russia were going through at the time. It's hard for your heart not to break as you read this book. 

I don't usually describe biographies as a page turner, but this book definitely is! It has all the makings of a great piece of fiction. This book is geared toward younger readers, but I would recommend this to anybody who loves history.

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Thanks to Random House, I have a copy to give away to a lucky reader. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US/Canada only. 

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