I received this for my birthday after lots of pleading. As a history lover, I didn't know much about the Russian family, my little knowledge spanning from the incorrect 1997 Anastasia film. So when I read this, I was delighted to be immediatley sucked into the privileged life of the Tsar's youngest daughter. Anastasia appealled to me as a girl with big dreams and a big heart, idolizing her Papa, the Tsar, arguing with her sisters and caring and playing with her sickly little brother. I was afraid for her during the First World War, I laughed with her during the one brilliant summer,I sighed at her irritable mother and ultimately became, in my head, a Grand Duchess. This novel is a truthful amazing insight to how the famed Anastasia saw the world as it undergoed war and revolution, only to end on one tragic night with the sound of a gunshot. What happened to such compelling characters disgusts me, after all, they were completely innocent!I have reread this novel almost seven times and each time I find myself annoyed with the Empress, smitten with the Tsar, insulted by Olga and Tatiana, joyful by Maria and happy by Alexei, as if I was Anastasia. If you want an interesting, heartfelt read, then pick this up and let yourself sink into the unravelling plotline that is a four year account of a life of a Romanov, who might of died innocently age seventeen with her helpless family, but still continues to live in memory and mystery!