The Tsarina's Daughter

Carolly Erickson

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From the bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette comes a dramatic novel and powerful love story about the last Russian imperial family.


It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. What neighbors and even her children don’t know, however, is that she is not who she claims to be—the widow of a Russian immigrant of modest means. In actuality she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, known as Tania to her parents, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

            And so begins the latest entrancing historical entertainment by Carolly Erickson. At its center is young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family’s private enclave outside the capital. Tania is one of four daughters, and the birth of her younger brother Alexei is both a blessing and a curse. When he is diagnosed with hemophilia and the key to his survival lies in the mysterious power of the illiterate monk Rasputin, it is merely an omen of much worse things to come. Soon war breaks out and revolution sweeps the family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment in Siberia. Into Tania’s world comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from certain death.

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Chapter One

My story begins at the extreme edge of memory, on a snowy January afternoon when I was six years old, and it seemed as if all the bells in all the churches of St. Petersburg were ringing at once.

I remember my father lifted me up so I could see over the top of the balcony railing, and I felt the freezing wind on my face and saw, through the greenish-yellow fog, a crowd of people such as I had never seen before.

The mass of people, all singing and shouting and waving flags and banners, seemed to stretch as far as I could see, all across the Palace Square and

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Praise for The Tsarina's Daughter

Praise for The Tsarina’s Daughter

“Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar.” —People magazine


“A top-notch narrative …Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family’s fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping.” —Publishers Weekly


“Erickson . . . never lets harsh fact impede a good story. . . . Although the particulars of the Romanovs’ fall are familiar from other treatments, including Erickson’s biography of Alexandra, the suspense never flags . . . More entertainment than history, but all the better for it.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov . . . escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia's royal family in 1918. . . . Despite knowing the real Tatiana's fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version's survival. A sure winner.” —Library Journal


“Lovingly told, The Tsarina's Daughter is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day.” —Romance Reviews Today


“This historical novel is the romantic story of doomed Tatiana Romanov.” —OK! magazine (4 of 5 stars)


“[C]lever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman's coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author’s superb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


Praise for The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette


“I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers.” —New York Times Book Review


“Fascinating . . . highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)


Praise for The Secret Life of Josephine


“Rollicking good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Erickson has a deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail.” —


“History comes to life . . . thanks to Erickson's amazing talents.” —Romantic Times (4.5 of 5 stars)


“Fans of Erickson's earlier historical fiction will enjoy this latest concoction.” —Library Journal

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About the Author

Carolly Erickson

Among Carolly Erickson's twenty-five critically acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling books are biographies, histories and the recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Hawaii.


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The Tsarina's Daughter
Carolly Erickson


Romantic Times Book Award

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St. Martin's Press
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429960878
ISBN10: 1429960876
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages

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St. Martin's Griffin
August 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312547233
ISBN10: 0312547234
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages

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