The Romanov Empress
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“A country where the man of God helps the emperor never dies. This is true” - Alexandra Feodorovna
Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress, Maria.
Her husband's death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him, Maria faces opposition from Nicholas's strong-willed wife, Alexandra. As the wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria faces her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.
I loved this journey through Russian history form 1862 to 1918. I found it to be a compelling and dramatic portrayal of the Romanov dynasty through the narrative of Maria Feodorovna. Maria was a beautiful, independent and spirited woman who was devoted to her family. It’s a love story as well as a story of the fall of the Romanov empire. I learned more about Russian history and the Romanov empire which I throughly enjoyed! I would recommend this for all historical fiction lovers especially fans of Russian history.