The Romanov Sisters - Helen Rappaport

The Romanov Sisters

By Helen Rappaport

  • Release Date: 2014-06-03
  • Genre: History
Score: 4
From 152 Ratings



"Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." People magazine

"The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters' thoughtfulness and intelligence." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Days of the Romanovs and Caught in the Revolution, The Romanov Sisters reveals the untold stories of the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra.

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.


  • The Romanov Sisters

    By Jerseyb6
    I feel the research on this book was the most complete and extensive as I've very seen. I don't think there was a stone that could have been left unturned in finding facts about this obscure family and their short lives. I feel I know them personally now, and look forward to Helens book on Queen Victoria.
  • Feel as if I know them now

    By Annie caha
    Like a lot of other readers, I to have read so much of the other family members. I literally could not stop reading this. So much information on the Sisters, I'm so glad to know more about them . It is with a heavy heart knowing what lies ahead of them. Great Book
  • The Romanov Sisters

    By Cali-Meow
    Captivating & heart wrenching account of these innocent souls!
  • Very Insightful

    By VIIIFan
    Very insightful book into the Tsar and his family! Highly recommend the read! Couldn't put it down.
  • Loved It

    By Foster forever
    I have read a great deal about Nicholas, Alexandra, Alexi, and Rasputin, but know almost nothing about the four girls. This book fills in those blanks in the last royal family's story.
  • Excellent

    By carocross
    Very interesting to read about these girls' lives instead of their tragic end.
  • The Romanov Sisters

    By MdnItly
    Great book, well written and hard to put down. Very informative and captivating.