Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Preview: Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap


Book Stats from Amazon:

  • Reading level: Young Adult – ages 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904207
  • Genre: YA Historical Fiction

    Book Blurb from Bloomsbury:

    In Susanne Dunlap's dramatic new novel, the fate of Russian tsarina Anastasia Romanov-long thought to have perished with her family during the Russian revolution-takes a different turn.

    "Will I never see you again either?" I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That's how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.

    "Perhaps we will meet again," Sasha said, softening his voice. "But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It's your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!"

    For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?

    Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life—and love story—of Russia's last princess.

    Author Bio:


    Susanne Dunlap graduated from Smith College and later earned a PhD in music history from Yale University. She has taught music history at the college level, and is the author of two historical novels for adults. The Musician's Daughter was her first novel for young readers.

    Find out more about the author at her website which also links to her blog.

    Purchasing links for Amazon are US/UK/Canada The Book Depository Euro/AUD.

    This book was received from Bloomsbury for review. Thanks Anna!

    I love historical fiction because I get history via a novel. Being so bad at history,  within a fiction format its so much easier for me to digest. Review coming soon!

    Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.

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