Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Salon: Celebrating A Birthday With A Giveaway

As we settle back today to relax duringteapot Sunday Salon and discuss the books we’ve enjoyed, there’s a bit of mystery and a giveaway I’d like to share with you. So refill your cup with your favorite brew, get comfortable and let’s talk about a disappearance that happened a long time ago.

Tomorrow - Monday, June 18 - marks what would have been the 111th birthday of Her Imperial Highness Anastasia Romanov. Even now in 2012, one of the greatest mysteries has been the fate of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, the last of four daughters born to the Tsar Nikolas and his wife Alexandra. After the tragic execution of the Russian Royal family in 1918, officials were never able to recover the remains of Anastasia. 

151003534Tales of her supposed escape from Russia have gripped thousands for decades, fueling speculation that a daughter of Russia’s last sovereign ruler survived the revolution that destroyed her immediate family.

Thanks to Julie and the wonderful folks at Sourcebooks, I have one copy of THE LAST ROMANOV by Dora Levy Mossanen to giveaway in honor of the lost Duchess. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. For a chance to win this copy, just comment on this post by 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday, June 22. Be sure to leave your email address, if it’s not included in your profile.

Here’s a brief synopsis of THE LAST ROMANOV:
In a time of Rasputin’s magic and Romanov mystery, a young girl finds herself at the heart of the royal family.

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majesty. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, THE LAST ROMANOV is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood. 
Born in Israel and raised in Iran, Dora Levy Mossanen fled to the United States at the onset of the Islamic Revolution. She is the recipient of the San Diego Editor's Choice award and the author of Harem and the international bestseller Courtesan, which have both been translated into numerous languages. 

She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a graduate of the USC masters of professional writing program. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Have you previously read about Anastasia and the mystery surrounding her? What do you think happened to her? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win the copy of THE LAST ROMANOV. Have a wonderful Sunday and remember to share a book with a friend.


  1. I have read about her, not in fiction but from articles in encyclopedias and on the internet. What a fascinating tale.

  2. I've heard of the mystery too - but I don't know if I've ever read anything about it. :)

  3. No I haven't read about Anastasia before but I have always been faceinated with her story. My parents took me to see the movie "Anastasia" with Ingmar Bergman so long ago. I loved that movie. Later,Life or Look magazine came out with a gorgeous special issue about the Romanov family. It had pictures of the family, the crown and jewels, furs, beautiful gowns worn by the Romanov women. I really want to read this book,


  4. I don't think I've heard of Anastasia's story. sounds very interesting.

  5. I have heard about this story and it is intriguing. what a wonderful giveaway. this novel would be compelling and special. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. this story fascinates me since history of this magnitude is important and changed so much at the time. Thanks for featuring this author and her great book. Anastasia has a mystique about her and much was written about her life. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. When I was younger, I use to love the “mystery” behind Anastasia. I use to love the old movie too. I didn't for the cartoon movie came out about 15 or 16 years ago though.

  8. I've read much about her. Remember, there was a woman in Europe who insisted that she was Anastasia but was proved wrong. Yet she still insisted. One wonders if she did disappear and had amnesia as Ingrid Bergman did yet never regained her memory or did and was too scared to assert herself. I love the intrigue!

  9. i've always been fascinated by The Romanovs, especially Anastasia!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  10. I watch the animated movie every year around Christmas.


  11. It is an interesting mystery of what happened but I think chances are that she was murdered.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  12. Everytime I see a story about her on tv, I'm drawn to it. I would love to read this book!

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com


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