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...
  • Angela M
    3.5 stars(view spoiler)[ Even though I knew the story of The Romanovs and their fate, I knew very little about Anna Anderson who for decades claimed to be Anastasia Romanov and worked to prove that she survived the firing squad that took the lives of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. I was pulled in at the beginning, but my interest in Anna’s story waned. Maybe it was because I knew the outcome even though I knew not much else about her. There a...
  • Bam
    I admit to being endlessly fascinated with Romanov family history and with the woman who claimed to be Anastasia. So apparently is Ariel Lawhon, as she weaves together both those stories in her latest work of historical fiction: one, about the last tragic eighteen months of the Romanov family's lives told through the eyes of their youngest daughter and the second, about Anna Anderson who claimed to be Anastasia. Anna's story is told backwards chr...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 engrossing stars to I Was Anastasia! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Being approved to read an early copy of I Was Anastasia was like winning the lottery to this historical fiction fan. Not only because of my love for the genre, but also because of my interest in Anastasia. Not because she was a princess necessarily, but because growing up I remember discussions about Anna Anderson and if she was or was not the real Anastasia Romanov. Ariel Lawhon ambitiously ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    You might have heard about Anna Anderson and her claim (to fame) to be Anastasia Romanov. But, if you haven't, then I suggest you google her and read up on her life. Anna Anderson's life was very interesting and it has btw been made into a movie with Ingrid Bergman and a miniseries with Amy Irving. I've seen both since I find the Romanov's a captivated subject.I was curious to see how of Ariel Lawhon would construct the story since much has happe...
  • 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 ...
  • Amy Leigh
    This cover is gorgeous but that isn't even what attracted me to this book. It was Anastasia. I first fell in love with Anastasia when I saw the animated movie about her. I love reading anything about Anastasia and this historical fiction wasn't just intriguing, it was impossible to put down! There is, of course, some brutality when you read about what happened to the Romanov family. If you've never read anything about Anastasia I would highly rec...
  • 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...
  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
    Review to come!
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Deanne Patterson
    Is she or is she not? That is the question surrounding Anna Anderson who insists she survived the massacre of her family in the basement. She claims to be Anastasia Romanov, the Russian Grand Duchess. She bears an uncanny resemblance to her and has many scars on her body that she says prove her identity. Back then dna testing was not available to prove or disprove her story.Fascinating yet horrifying this historical suspense is based on research ...
  • 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...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    A sad, fascinating account of a woman's claim to be Grand Duchess Anastasia whose family was massacred in 1918. Recommended.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Amy Bruno
    LOVED! Review to come.
  • Thamy
    I got this book to read for the same reason most readers my age will: I was a fan of the animated film, fell in love with Anastasia's fantasy, even watched the musical before it was on Broadway. I'm not sure whether thatwas -the- reason for my disappointment but it was certainly one of them.This is basically the biography of Anna Anderson, the girl who for many years and even after her passing was taken for Anastasia, the lost Romanov princess. L...
  • Tammy
    I have always been fascinated with the Romanovs assassination and Anastasia's story so I was excited to read I Was Anastasia. Wow. What a ride! Forward and backward in time, this book had me in it's spell to the very last page!
  • 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.
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Ariel Lawhon has cemented herself as a powerhouse historical fiction author with her third novel, I WAS ANASTASIA (releasing March 27, 2018 from @DoubledayBooks #partner)...I was blown away by her debut novel, THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS and held my breath that she could deliver again with her second novel, FLIGHT OF DREAMS. Then I crossed my fingers that her third book would be anywhere near as good as her first two. She definitely deli...
  • Erika Robuck
    Ariel Lawhon’s I WAS ANASTASIA is a masterpiece. The style is experimental–a non-linear narrative, where each section falls back in time, a bit at a time. From the US in the 1960s, to Berlin in the 1930s, to New York in the 1920s, to Russia: 1918, 1917. One month earlier, two weeks earlier, one day earlier. Though time runs at reset flashbacks, I never felt lost; Lawhon’s storytelling is grounded and assured.The changing time periods, the d...