The story of the love that ended an empire. In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. #booksaboutrussia
This was an incredible story-takes place during the siege of Leningrad in WWII. Based on the author's grandfather's first hand experience. A beautifully written story of friendship amidst horrifying events. #booksaboutrussia
TThe Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire by Linda Lafferty ~ this book was rich in detail and deeply engrossing making the reader feel that they were with Ivan on his travels in the palace of Esma Sultan. Her confessions and his change of heart were believable and made me carry on reading, but then end was rushed and it spoilt the story that the author had so carefully spooled. I really enjoyed the setting and loved the characters of Ivan and Irena.