The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

Jennifer Laam

St. Martin's Griffin

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A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter—smuggled out of Russia before the revolution—continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequences

In her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women: Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte. Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne. As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her. Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra.  After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her. Once elevated to the Romanov’s treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie. Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer. Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officer’s interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy. Then as Veronica's passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reader learns just how these three vastly different women are connected. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is thrilling from its first intense moments until its final, unexpected conclusion.

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LOS ANGELES
PRESENT DAY
“I’m trying to change your life for the better,” Jess said. “Just listen for one minute, will you?”
Veronica Herrera rubbed her bare left ring finger, a nervous tic she’d indulged too much lately. For a short while, she felt like a well-adjusted thirty-eight-year-old woman enjoying another glorious Southern California morning. She’d thrown on a dark green sundress, rather than one of the black outfits she usually favored, and walked to the café on Tujunga Boulevard.

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Praise for The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"Weaves a lively tale...Laam [tells] her story with verve and imagination." —Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

"Laam has not only created a captivating tale, but has woven a delicate and resonant fabric from the timeless threads of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption."—Pam Jenoff, international bestselling author of The Ambassador’s Daughter

"Well-researched, clever, and compelling...Jennifer Laam is an emerging novelist to watch."—Roberta Rich, author of the international bestseller The Midwife of Venice


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Jennifer Laam

Jennifer Laam earned her master’s degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is her first novel.

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The Secret Daughter of the Tsar
Jennifer Laam

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250028686
ISBN10: 125002868X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250040916
ISBN10: 1250040914
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$26.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250028693
ISBN10: 1250028698
352 pages
$9.99
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