There is one great love in everyone's life. For Ducky, Princess Victoria Melita, hers was a Romanov cousin, a member of the doomed Russian royal family. Her father is Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son. Her mother is Grand Duchess Marie, the daughter of Tsar Alexander III.
Ducky seems doomed to be a pawn on her grandmother's dynastic chessboard. But Ducky is not so easily controlled. In an era when death is considered preferable to divorce she fights for the freedom to be with the true love of her life. From disgraced exile in Paris to the glitter of St Petersburg and the mud and carnage of the Eastern Front, she forges her own path.
As Russia descends into the chaos of 1917 and the Romanov dynasty falters, Ducky is right at the heart of events. Exiled once more, she tells us her story.
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Absorbing historical novel
Brilliant narration of a fascinating story. The huge cast of characters, many of whom have multiple names and titles are kept distinct by the skilled narrator.
This true story loses nothing of its intrigue during the book even though the eventual fate of the Romanovs is well known.
Even after a long journey I was none too keen to turn it off and get out of the car! I would recommend this book it to anyone interested in a true family saga. It's compulsive listening!
Ducky was flawed but warm and good hearted. A real life Victorian I knew little of. Learning of the highs and lows of her life allowed me to develop a real understanding of her.
Far too long for that but I was always keen to listen to '5 more minutes'
Treat yourself..you won't regret it.
- Avid Reader