I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia

In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess, a beloved daughter and revered icon, or is she an imposter, the thief of another woman's legacy? Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik...

Details I Was Anastasia

TitleI Was Anastasia
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia

Reviews I Was Anastasia

  • Debra
    "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." -Sir Arthur Conan DoyleMost people know the story of the execution/assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and the rest of the Romanov family in Elakterinburg, Russia at the hands of the Bolsheviks following the Russian revolution. Most have also heard of the woman (Anna Anderson) who claimed for years to be Anastasia Romanov and that she survived the br...
  • Tammy
    Those unfamiliar with the Anastasia Romanov/Anna Anderson story will find much to like in this fictional novel. It’s an effective introduction to the bizarre controversy surrounding two historical people. My experience was a bit different. As others have mentioned, Anastasia’s story is told chronologically while Anna’s story is told in reverse order. Given that this is well worn material, I understand that the author chose this structure fo...
  • Susan Meissner
    I adored this book. It was cleverly constructed, expertly researched, deeply moving and I couldn't wait to get to it at the end of the day, which is when I read for pleasure. Highly recommend, folks.
  • Cindy Burnett
    The story of whether Anna Anderson was actually Anastasia Romanov has fascinated me since I was young. When discoveries were made relevant to this story, I followed them closely. Naturally, I was very excited to read I Was Anastasia, and I knew how the book would turn out (I am choosing my wording carefully because I do not want to spoil the ending for those unfamiliar with the tale). While I enjoyed the book, I had significant trouble following ...
  • Dianne
    After the entire Romanov family was brutally slaughtered by a drunken firing squad, the family’s bodies were spirited away, hidden from the world. When all seven bodies could not be accounted for, the rumors began, and a young woman became the vortex of decades of guesswork. Was Anna Anderson really Anastasia Romanov? Is it possible she survived the slaughter of 1918 only to have an attempted suicide thwarted when she was fished form a frigid c...
  • Lori
    I hate to not finish a book, however, we are in the process of moving and this is just not holding my interest. I’ve struggled to get 50% through and have no desire to fight my way through the rest. This story’s timeline bounces around a lot which is extremely distracting & I made the huge mistake of Googling the people mentioned which ruined the story for me. I’m a Googler when it comes to true events... it usually enhances the story for m...
  • ☮Karen
    Remember the thriller recently written completely in a reverse timeline, and readers either tolerated it or hated it? I didn't mind it too much, once used to it. Well, in this book only half of it goes backwards in time, but it bothered me anyway. The chapters alternate between Anna Anderson's story and Anastasia's. The Anastasia chapters slowly lead up to when the Romanov family is executed in 1918, and Anna's go from 1970 to around the time of ...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: https://flashlightcommentary.blogspot...I Was Anastasia marks my first experience with author Ariel Lawhon. I discovered the novel while compiling The Morally Questionable Green Hat and made note of it as the premise reminded me Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986). I was familiar with the history behind the novel, but I didn’t have any real expectations when I picked it up and was more than a little surprised w...
  • Tracey
    WOW! Just, a 5+ stars WOW!A big Thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing and the author Ariel Lawhon for an advanced ebook copy. “Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess.” This book was just exquisite! When I was around 12 years old I became interested in the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia/Anna Anderson story. And just young enough and romantic enough to believe Anna ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed!
  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
    Review to come!
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4.5 A Tale of Two Women Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeYears ago when I was a teenager I saw the movie Anastasia with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brenner. It captivated me. As I sat in my living room watching this Black and White film, everything about it was a wonder. The acting, the subtle romance between Yul Brenner and Ms. Bergman... I was hooked. I then found Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanov and the Fall of Imperia...
  • Tracey
    WOW! Just, a 5+ stars WOW!A big Thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing and the author Ariel Lawhon for an advanced ebook copy. “Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess.” This book was just exquisite! When I was around 12 years old I became interested in the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia/Anna Anderson story. And just young enough and romantic enough to believe Anna ...
  • Irene
    Brava, Ariel Lawhon, you have created a truly remarkable book--both in theme and in structure and, without revealing too much, in the amazing ending. Who wouldn't be interested in Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia? She's still an enigma and a mystery and the idea that she may have survived the massacre of the entire Romanov family is such a romantic notion. My mother-in-law was acquainted with Anna Anderson t...
  • r3ad3rsan0nym0us
    This is me reading at night for a bit on my kindle an ARC from @netgalley # partner (thanks for the opportunity to read and Review)Anna and Anastasia, are they one in the same? I didn’t know anything about the Romanov family before reading this book but now I'm certain a history lesson is in order. I need to know who they are and what happened to them. The author does a wonderful job of telling a story that could have been hard to follow since ...
  • J.T.
    I loved this book so much I endorsed it officially! A wildly unique look at the dual mysteries of Anastasia Romanov and her possible imposter Anna Anderson results in a brilliant reimagining of two fascinating lives. Complex, exciting, and beautifully written, Ariel Lawhon never disappoints. Her impeccable research and lush prose make I WAS ANASTASIA compulsively readable. A fantastic novel.
  • NerdyBookishBeauty
    Beautifully written. I love how this story progressed and how strong Anastasia was portrayed. I enjoyed how the progression of the book was present to past. Lahon showed her soul with this book! I received this beautiful story from NetGalley for my honest review.
  • Amy Bruno
    LOVED! Review to come.
  • Lauren
    Oh man. This book. I’m not going to lie - it took me a solid 100 pages to really find my groove but I promise it’s so intricately and wonderfully done. It’s worth it to push through the partial story in reverse that seems so tedious and confusing at first to be totally drawn into these two stories. Lawhon took a subject that I knew very little about and not only taught me but left me feeling invested in the lives of these women before me. I...
  • Jennifer
    DNF @ 20%Unfortunately I have to throw in the towel on this one at roughly the 20% mark. This book was just not for me as I had a very difficult following the story / time line and could not keep track of all of the characters. This seems like a really great historical fiction book and would typically be right up my alley. But I found myself confused more often than not and I was just not enjoying the book.Thank you to Doubleday and Edelweiss for...
  • Katherine Gypson
    SPOILER ALERT: It's almost impossible to review this book without spoilers. Takeaway for those who don't want it spoiled - historical novel that sacrifices depth and character development for a gimmicky structure. DISCLAIMER: I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Ok, if you want to know more, scroll downThis is my first experience reading Ariel Lawhon and I'm deeply disappointed. I've been reading ...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    A sad, fascinating account of a woman's claim to be Grand Duchess Anastasia whose family was massacred in 1918. Recommended.
  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    A special thank you goes out to Netgalley/Doubleday Publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way affected by being given early access to this book. I don't even know where to start with this book. It is seriously a work of art. I have never read anything by this author but after reading this book, I will look up more of her work. She managed to write in second person and first person in suc...
  • Tracy Thomas
    I GIVE THIS BOOK, A GLOWING FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!First and foremost, Thank you Double Day Books for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of this honest review. I was a huge Anastasia nerd in high-school, I was fascinated by the whole history of events. I had always held up hope that Anastasia was alive, and that she had escaped that horrid night. So when I was pursuing Netgalley one night, and I saw this book pop up, I had to have it! I...
  • Linda Quinn
    A marvel of historic fiction, there's nothing I can say about this book without a spoiler alert. I didn't like the non-linear timeline but I can see why the author chose it.
  • Pammycats
    I Was Anastasia: A NovelBy: Ariel LawhonI received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I’ve been interested in the story of the Romanov’s for a long time. I’ve read just about everything out there on the subject. Sadly, no matter how many books I read, the ending to this storied family is always the same. Each author is determined to paint the scene in that cellar. They are universally determined to elicit as much emoti...
  • Davida Chazan
    Murder, intrigue, court battles, and a mysterious woman whose story captured the attention of the world for over five decades, starting with the Russian Revolution. This is what you’ll find in Ariel Lawhon’s newest historical fiction novel “I was Anastasia” and you can read what I thought of this book in my review here. http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2018/03/...
  • Ashley Stringham
    I received this book from Net Galley for free in exchange for an honest review. I was a kid when the animated Anastasia movie came out, so the story has always intrigued me but I never knew how it all turned out. This was a great way to find out. The narrative was basically two storylines, one going forward, the other backward, meeting at the point where you discover the answer. It was an interesting way to tell the story and didn't take me long ...
  • Leah
    Told in two parts (that of Anna Anderson, beginning in the 1960s and going backward in time to 1920 and Anastasia, detailing the Revolution chronologically), I Was Anastasia keeps the reader guessing: was Anna Anderson really Anastasia? Anna certainly has the right look, the memories only a family member would have, the body now riddled with scars.For the mini review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of “I Was Anastasia” by Ariel LawhonAriel Lawhon, Author of “I Was Anastasia” started with a unique premise of writing about two historical figures, Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson. The author teases us at the beginning of the story to read and see if we believe that Anastasia Romonav really survived. I appreciate the hours of historical research that the author has spent. I was really looking forward to this read.The Genres...