When tsarist soldiers fire at a group of peaceful village protestors and kill his young bride, Pavel dedicates his life to overthrowing the Romanovs. Pavel's underground group assassinates the Grand Duke, changing the life of the Grand Duchess Elisavyeta forever.
Grief-stricken, Elisavyeta gives up her wealth and becomes a nun dedicated to the poor people of Russia. When revolution finally sweeps Russia, she is the last Romanov captured, ripped from her abbey in the middle of the night and shuttled to Siberia. It is here, in a distant wood on a moonlit eve, that Pavel is left to decide her fate.
©2008 R. D. Zimmerman; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] robust historical....The author's extensive knowledge of Russia allows him to invigorate the narrative with telling details that bring the aristocrat Ella, who eventually became an Orthodox saint, convincingly to life....this is a compelling journey through momentous events that wraps up with a fine, deeply moving finale." (Publishers Weekly)
I love this book. My family is Russian but this was a whole side of the revolution that I knew nothing about. I love historical novels that are well researched like this one.
The matching of the sex of the character to the voice reading.
It is hard as both main characters were amazing and touching.
No but I may as they moved me.
The last two chapters drew me to want to listen again and again
A wonderful historical novel that opens a new way of understanding the historical events that led up to the Russian revolution of 1917. Good readers
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
After reading numerous books on the Romanovs, this book gave a whole new view of the final years of the Russian dynasty. The story of Grand Duchess Elisavyeta eclipses the dozens of books focusing on the weak last Csar Nikolas and his delusional consort Alexandra, Elisavyeta sister. If she'd been the Csarina, Imperial Russia might have had a chance for survival. An amazing woman! What enhances this audiobook are the narrators who breathe life into the two main characters. Stefan Rudnicki gives Pavel so many dimensions with his believable, sympathetic, and moving Russian accent while Gabrielle de Cuir's Elisavyeta has a soft strength which draws the reader into her suffering and triumphs. Well-researched and entertaining. I would love it Robert Alexander would do more in the Russian history genre.
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