3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
easy to read,
By A Customer
This review is from: Romanov Autumn: Stories from the Last Century of Imperial Russia (Hardcover)
I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the author's approach of having several short vignettes about various Romanov characters, their homes, even their servants. It is an easy book to dip into and you can read the chapters out of sequence, thus reading about your favourites first! Funnily enough, whereas in her last book on Prince Leopold I found her own drawings rather irksome (see reviews), in this book they are enchanting and form a beautiful beginning to each chapter. The only thing that I found difficult was the author's insistence on going against tradition and calling the Grand Dukes and Duchesses with the title 'Grand Prince' or 'Grand Princess' - she justifies her actions well in the introduction but nevertheless it does irritate, as does her insistence on not using the Anglicised versions of their names, eg Ekaterina instead of Catherine, Pavel instead of Paul etc. Call me old fashioned....! Nevertheless, once you get over that hurdle this is an absorbing read.