"I don’t know who wrote this review "For anyone obsessed with the Romanovs, this is the best book you’ll ever find", but oh my God! This book has beloved, sweet Maria having SEX with a soldier who plans to rescue her (typical, ridiculously inaccurate old story repeated numerous times), but I flipped when I read “Olga was defiled on the Rus”. OLGA, TATIANA NOR ANASTASIA WERE DEFILED ON THE RUS THIS IS A LIE THAT WAS PURPORTED BY THE BOLSHEVIK GUARDS. DISGUSTING! Also, in the opening chapter the author writes Russia was praying for seven years prior to Maria’ birth for an heir; Nicky and Alix wed in 1894, Maria born 1899 - this speaks volumes to the historical veracity.
I think perhaps what upsets me most—besides Olga being sexually assaulted—was that writers think—consciously or unconsciously-a woman’s life story is not worth telling if she didn’t fall in love, or have sex, or make out. "Marie" writes she’s happy she wont die a virgin.It just makes me sad that a beautiful amazing story like Maria’s is water-downed in not only a bland characterization, but as girl almost wholly concerned about love and sex, as if that is what makes her a real woman. (also, wouldn’t the real Maria have been smart enough to know having sex can result in pregnancy and endanger the lives of her family? Not that the real Maria would (she wouldn’t!), but besides the impossibility of privacy at Ipatiev and Maria’s prim Victorian upbringing, there’s no way can see her risking her family’s lives or possibility of a pregnancy just so she wont die a virgin)
The author mentions Helen Rappaport and Greg King as sources. In Rappaport’s new OTMA biography, she omitted the mention of this unfounded salacious rumour of Maria being caught in a “compromising position” with a guard, after Rappaport wrote of the baseless rumour (she uses the word *”alleged”*)in her Ekaterinburg book. As if Maria was worrying she was going to die a virgin.. Also, Greg King and Penny Wilson’s book “The Fate of the Romanovs” talks of the Bolshevik allegations OTMA was sexually assaulted, but they themselves have said on APTM that in their research they found it UNtrue.
Books like this, “Tsarina’s Daughter” and “Anastasia’s Secret” portray Maria, Tatiana and Anastasia, respectively, as bland characters unlike in personality to their historical basis, having unprotected and thoughtless sex like a 21st century uneducated girl. Sex doesn’t bother me in ANY way as long as it’s legal and safe, but portraying OTMA like this is so inaccurate - and having Olga sexually assaulted is INSULTING to her memory!
Save your cash on better Romanov books i.e. this one about Maria!!: The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller —a virtually if not completely accurate retelling of OTMA, with NO fictionalizations, lauded as a great novel by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist (the true voice of Maria is heard, the book is told alternately in each of Maria, Olga, Tatiana, and Anastasia’s voices! Miller vividly tells Maria’s unique tale of traveling across Siberia to Yekaterinburg).” (quote from a review)
NOTE: this author also STOLE Ally Kumari/Alenka’s ( imperial-russia) artwork to promote her book without crediting Ally or asking permission