The story of the Romanov family, and their execution, has intrigued people for a long time. We don’t know all of the details of the events that surround the abdication of Tsar Nicolas and the subsequent deaths of he and his family, so speculation has run rampant. Nadine Brandes has told what is known, and added what she imagined could have happened, in Romanov.
Once I started reading Romanov, I didn’t want to stop.The plot was intriguing and, at the end of each chapter, I was eager to read on and find out what happened next. Nadine did a great job with the descriptions of both the characters and surroundings. It is easy to picture what they look like and imagine the story as it progresses.
Besides being a great story, the book also deals with several themes. Due to the hardships they face, the Romanov family has to make decisions about how they will react, and they struggle with forgiveness, humility, and whether or not to let the circumstances overwhelm them. Trusting Jesus to provide guidance and wisdom is prominent. A selection of discussion questions that address the themes is included at the end.
Romanov has a mix of history, action, fantasy, and romance that makes it a great book. With the different genres in it, there is something for nearly all readers. I really enjoyed it and fully recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.