My Review of “I Was Anastasia” by Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon, Author of “I Was Anastasia” started with a unique premise of writing about two historical figures, Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson. The author teases us at the beginning of the story to read and see if we believe that Anastasia Romonav really survived. I appreciate the hours of historical research that the author has spent. I was really looking forward to this read.
The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The characters are described as complex and complicated. I found that the timeline in this novel was confusing. There were many chapters and places that would say: 4 days before, 3 days before, 7 weeks after. I also found it difficult to relate to the two characters, Anastasia Romonav and Anna Anderson. Some of the events were not clear.
Also this is my bias, and I feel I have to mention it for those who love animals. There is vivid and explicit description of what happened to the beloved pets. If I had been aware of this before hand, I would have had the choice to read or not read. I am an animal lover, and perhaps it is not fair to mention this, but I would have preferred that knowledge before hand.
I would recommend this novel for those readers that appreciate novels of Historical Fiction especially dealing with Anastasia Romonav. I also would like to mention that not every reader appreciates the same genre or the same book in the same way. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.