This week’s Booklist review has made me a happy camper.
<<Homer Simpson victorious fist pump>>
Issue: September 15, 2013
The Secret Daughter of the Tsar.
Laam, Jennifer (Author)
Oct 2013. 352 p. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paperback, $14.99. (9781250028686).
Debut novelist Laam seamlessly interweaves the stories of three different women from three different
times and places into a cross-century thriller. Veronica, a stymied PhD candidate in present-day Los
Angeles, desperate to dig up some new information on the Romanov dynasty, falls under the spell of an
enigmatic man of mystery, who just may have blood ties to Nicholas and Alexandra. Lena, a trusted
servant in the Russian imperial court on the eve of the Russian Revolution, is entrusted by Czarina
Alexandra with an explosive, history-altering secret. Charlotte, a former ballerina who unwittingly holds
the key to the Romanov legacy, fights for survival in Nazi-occupied Paris. Romance and intrigue abound
as each woman struggles with the burdens of history. Laam does a nice job of pacing as she fits the puzzle
pieces together before the satisfying big reveal.
— Margaret Flanagan