Welcome to my stop on the The Lost Daughter blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
I’ve read a few books about Anastasia’s life and the “what ifs,” and The Lost Daughter is about Grand Duchess Maria, Anastasia’s sister.
In 1918, Grand Duchess Maria Romanov is nineteen and the daughter of former Tsar Nicholas II. She lives with her family in isolation and fear. She innocently flirts with the guards occasionally, which may save her life.
In the second timeline taking place in the 1970s, Val Doyle’s father confesses, “I didn’t want to kill her” as his last words. She finds clues connecting her father to Grand Duchess Maria and possibly what happened to her.
Ok, ok. Gill Paul has long been recommended to me by my friends, and now I see why. There is an enthralling quality to her storytelling that sweeps you right in and doesn’t let go.
I’m holding off on too many details because that is part of the magic. Maria is a character in three dimension, with a beating heart, and one you will adore. I loved the travels the book took me on, including Australia and China, and of course, Russia.
Overall, The Lost Daughter is an emotional and riveting story answering the “what if” we’ve all wondered. If only it were true.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
â€¢ Paperback:Â 496 pages
â€¢ Publisher:Â William Morrow Paperbacks (August 27, 2019)
If you lovedÂ I Am AnastasiaÂ by Ariel Lawhon you won’t want to miss this novel about her sister, Grand Duchess Maria. What really happened to this lost Romanov daughter? A new novel perfect for anyone curious about Anastasia, Maria, and the other lost Romanov daughters, by the author ofÂ The Secret Wife.
1918: Pretty, vivacious Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, the nineteen-year-old daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas II, lives with her family in suffocating isolation, a far cry from their once-glittering royal household. Her days are a combination of endless boredom and paralyzing fear; her only respite are clandestine flirtations with a few of the guards imprisoning the familyâ€”never realizing her innocent actions could mean the difference between life and death
1973: When Val Doyle hears her fatherâ€™s end-of-life confession, â€œI didnâ€™t want to kill her,â€ sheâ€™s stunned. So, she begins a search for the truthâ€”about his words and her past. The clues she discovers are bafflingâ€”a jewel-encrusted box that wonâ€™t open and a camera with its film intact. What she finds out pulls Val into one of the worldâ€™s greatest mysteriesâ€”what truly happened to the Grand Duchess Maria?
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About Gill Paul
Gill PaulÂ is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. She has written two novels about the last Russian royal family:Â The Secret Wife, published in 2016, which tells the story of cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russiaâ€™s last tsar; andÂ The Lost Daughter, published in October 2018, that tells of the attachment Grand Duchess Maria formed with a guard in the house in Ekaterinburg where the family was held from April to July 1918.
Gillâ€™s other novels includeÂ Another Womanâ€™s Husband, about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales;Â Women and Children First,Â about a young steward who works on theÂ Titanic;Â The Affair,Â set in Rome in 1961â€“62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while makingÂ Cleopatra; andÂ No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854â€“56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.