This book is actually one I DNF-ed. But I’m going to talk about it anyway.
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon begins with Ana Anderson, a woman in a lawsuit trying to prove she is Anastasia Romanov. I requested this book on NetGalley since I’m always a fan of Romanov history. Why, I don’t know. But I was looking forward to reading this.
The first thing I didn’t like about this book was the time hoping. The book shares two narrators, young Anastasia in the time before her family’s murder and older Anastasia trying to prove her identity. The book jump from present day back to 1917, the present day, then 30 years later, 3 years later. It was just all jumbled and didn’t make sense whatsoever. I just didn’t flow with the rest of book.
The second thing I didn’t really care for was the treatment of poor Ana. Every person that comes into her life is trying to exploit her in some way or another. Or even to destroy the proof she has that she is Anastasia. I would cringe so much that I finally decided to put it down.
Over all, the book is interesting and an intimate look at the Romanovs during the revolution. The rest of the book is just bleh. It’s slow and didn’t hold my attention at all. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I did not.