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I Was Anastasia: A Novel

Written by:
Ariel Lawhon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2018
13 hours 3 minutes
“Compelling and utterly fascinating…drifts far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy?
             Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. 
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 
     As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
     The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
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Cathy S.

Very good! Such a fascinating story. I loved the narration. It really made the book come alive. The only disappointment was the ending. But, of course, we don’t really know, do we?

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Kristyn L.

Very interesting story. I couldn't stop listening, crazy and sad to know this is based off a true story and still with so many questions unanswered. The narrators were excellent and the varying time line kept it engaging and intriguing! I Def recommend

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Myriah H

An interesting story, well written.

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Fabulous. Best possible book to HEAR. Hope it’s up for awards. It deserves to be on multiple levels- story, history, intrigue, writing and narration. I didn’t want it to end and immediately looked for more from the author. Thankfully there are 2 more in audio!

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