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Dora Levy Mossanen

International Bestselling Author

The Last Romanov

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Published by: Sourcebooks Incorporated
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 9781402265945

 

Synopsis

IN THE TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majesty. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past—maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

Praise

"A master storyteller works her powerful magic yet again…Like the bestsellers “Harem” and “Courtesan,” Mossanen’s latest novel is deeply rooted in an exotic time and place, ornamented with the observed detail that comes from her exhaustive but discerning research, suffused with authentic historical drama, and populated with irresistible men and women who come fully alive on the page, all of which are her trademarks as a novelist.  For those of us who have been waiting for Mossanen’s next book with pleasure and anticipation, our patience has now been rewarded.”
— Jonathan Kirsch, Book Editor, Jewish Journal

“Crackles with tension and imagination—an engaging story splashed upon a broad canvas.  Mossanen mines an emotional landscape, rich in myth and characterization, offering an innovative perspective on what may have happened to the Romanovs.  Savor the magic and enjoy the journey.”
— Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key and The Columbus Affair

 “You will be sucked into a story that holds you to the finish…a great book for a reading club or discussion group.”
— Blogcritics.org, by Leslie Wright

“The Last Romanov spins a magically-laced, bejeweled look at the end of Russia’s Romanov family, as seen through the preternatural eyes of the long-lived woman bound to their fate. From the sumptuous halls of the Alexander Palace to the cramped back-alleys of the Jewish ghetto, this haunting tale of prophecy and redemption sweeps us into an opulent world of glamour, myth, tragedy, and unforgettable humanity.”
— C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

“With the assured hand of a master story teller at the height of her game, Mossanen leads us deep into the intimate world of the last Romanovs.  She weaves history and magic into a riveting page-turner that brings to life the enduring mystery of a gilded court teeming with unforgettable characters, who interact with history to create a vivid, engrossing tapestry that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.”
— Robin Maxwell, Bestselling author of Signora da Vinci and The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

“A lyrical, magical, and utterly captivating story of redemption and the triumph of the human heart.  The Last Romanov brings a tumultuous era of history to rich life, and re-creates in sumptuous detail the world of the Imperial Russian court. Darya’s story will hold you spellbound.”
— Anna Elliott, author of Georgiana Darcy’s Diary

A thrilling, exotic soujourn in the opulent drawing rooms of imperial Russia as the Bolsheviks tighten their noose, recounted by a member of the doomed imperial family’s inner circle. Unimaginable luxury and abasement and the magical properties of nature form the backdrop to stories of love and enduring loyalty despite a drumbeat of tragedies. The beautiful, opal-eyed Darya, veiled in butterflies, lives on hope and ambergris to reunite with her lover amid the chaos of the Soviet Union and to discover whether the heir to the Romanov throne survived.”
— Jenny White, author of The Winter Thief

“Like its heroine’s inexplicable opal eye, THE LAST ROMANOV, by Dora Levy Mossanen shimmers with tantalizing mystery and brilliance. Readers will delight in sharing the journey of the bold and self-possessed Darya through the corridors of the Russian Imperial palace during the final days of the Tsar’s reign as she cares for the young and sickly heir, finds herself the beloved muse of a celebrated Jewish artist, and grapples with Rasputin’s revelations about her ancient past. Filled with rich period detail, THE LAST ROMANOV is a testament to the enduring power of love and honor, but most of all, hope.”
— DeAnna Cameron, author of Dancing at the Chance

“You are slowly seduced like a great lover with untold secrets, fascinating family interactions, hidden relationships, steamy passion and mystical characters.  Engagingly satisfying from start to finish.”
— Moll Anderson, author of The Seductive Home and Lifestyle Expert 

"Mossanen has a gift for bringing the atmosphere of an era to readers in a mystical, lyrical manner that quietly sweeps the readers away. Building on the mystery surrounding the execution of the Russian royal family, she has created an unforgettable cast of characters, including the beautiful old woman who believes she has uncovered the last Romanov. Her journey, told in poetic prose, is one of redemption and magic, glory, suffering and passion. Truly an intriguing read. — 4 Stars!"
— Kathe RobinRomantic Times


Backstory

When I embarked on writing my first two novels, Harem and Courtesan, I did not know where and how my story would begin, nor did I know when and how it would end.  Yet, I was intimately familiar with my main characters, with their looks, their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and their many eccentricities.  I also knew they were determined individuals, even if I was unaware yet of the extent of their bullish tenacity.  Having been blessed with a colorful cast of eccentric family members, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, I’ve gathered a treasure-trove of fodder to draw from, all types of traits that would find home in my protagonists, men and women, who led me through the ups and downs of their lives, surprising me at every page.  And I utterly enjoyed the element of surprise, the excitement of not knowing what they would do next and how their story would unfold.

But the way I came to write The Last Romanov was quite different.

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