A well-researched, interesting read.. The author studied Russian at Leeds University and is a specialist in Russian and nineteenth-century women's history. Her expertise is evident as she uses many family memoirs and first hand materials to tell the stories of these four Grand Duchesses of Russia.
The four main characters, Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria come to life for the reader. The excesses and the deprivations are vividly portrayed.. This book gave me a new look at their mother, Alexandra, England's Queen Victoria's granddaughter. I felt that she was the Mother who was always nearby, but still absent from their lives. Conversely, Nicholas came across as the Father who was often away, but still present in their lives.
I highly recommend this book if one is interested in this era and locale.The book's publication date is June 3, 2014. It can be pre-ordered from several sources.