In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Romanovs' deaths, Saving Anastasia tells the story of Russia's last Imperial Family, beginning where other novels come to a devastatingly sad close: the family's execution on July 16-17, 1918.
What if Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov survived? And what if she wasn't the only one?
Maxim Letov may not remember his parents, but he has no doubt who his real family is. When the Romanovs rescued him from the streets as a child, he became one of their own: a secret member of their family, in name, if not in blood. Maxim worships Uncle Nicky, adores Aunt Alix, and blushes whenever he catches Grand Duchess Tatiana's eye-but no member of the Romanov family is as special to Maxim as the youngest Grand Duchess, Anastasia, Maxim's best friend and confidant.
On July 17, 1918, Maxim watches in horror as Russia's royal family-his family-is executed before his eyes. Helpless to stop it and terrified for his own life, he clings to a single hope based on an impossible rumor: Anastasia is alive.
The last memory Anastasia has is of a man whisking her away, the smell of blood and gunpowder coating her every thought. She's alive, but a life with her captors, Rasputin's deranged family, isn't one worth living. To them, she is nothing more than a political pawn, one they will use to restore their tarnished family name by drawing the remaining Romanov relatives out of hiding.
Together, Anastasia and Maxim embark on a deadly cat-and-mouse game to try to flee Russia.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How historically accurate is Saving Anastasia?
I've lost count of the hours I spent researching the different conspiracy theories, perusing diary entries, reading articles and non-fiction accounts, studying floor plans, and so on. There's so much information - and much of it conflicting - about the downfall of Russia's last Imperial Family. I tried to remain true to fact wherever I could.
With that being said, Saving Anastasia is very much a work of fiction full of speculation and my own version of a 'happily ever after' for Anastasia Romanov. You could categorize this story as 'alternate history".
2. What inspired you to write an Anastasia Romanov retelling?
Remember that animated film? The one from 1997? I do. In fact, I was a tween when it came out and latched onto the story. The speculation, the mystery, the conspiracy theories surrounding Anastasia surviving something so so horrible... it all fascinated me.
Over the years, I've read one Anastasia story after another. I soon learned the film was far from the truth. Actually, author Jackson Pearce wrote about that here. Another thing I realized was that all the retellings I got my hands on ended with the family's devastating death. No one in children's literature has explored the 'what if' realistic tale of Anastasia surviving the Bolshevik's brutal attack. So, I did. And I hope I wrote a version that'd make the grand duchess smile.
3. You write for children and adults. Which is this?
While there are some darker elements in Saving Anastasia, the themes and characters' voices are suitable for a readers as young as middle grade, but will also appeal to teens and even adults, many like myself who remember the Anastasia film from our earlier years.