The Lost Daughter Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret...
From the number one best-selling author of The Secret Wife, The Lost Daughter is a sweeping, moving story of the tenacity of love and the power of forgiveness. Spectacular, enthralling and romantic, Gill Paul's latest novel will stay with you forever.
1918. With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of the Romanov family hangs in the balance. When middle daughter Maria captures the attention of two of the guards, it will lead to the ultimate choice between right and wrong....
Fifty-five years later...
Val rushes to her father's side when she hears of his troubling end-of-life confession: 'I didn't want to kill her'. As she unravels the secrets behind her mother's disappearance when she was 12 years old, she finds herself caught up in one of the world's greatest mysteries.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 25 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 October 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 86,278 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
5,760 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
28,040 in Historical Fiction (Books)
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Gill Paul is an author who weaves contemporary and historical stories - this is her sixth historical novel - I've read all of them and this her best by far. She's explored the Romanovs before in her novel The Secret Wife which I loved and I couldn't imagine that she could better it - but she has. The novel is a sweeping epic which takes in 50 years of Russian history. She tells an extraordinary story - which is totally believable - in fact I do wonder if Gill knows something from historical archives that we don't! I really like her contemporary character Val - she's likeable and complex and a survivor and as a reader you really care for her. Maria Romanov is given humanity - she's a brilliant heroine. It's a love story and a mystery and a gripping thriller all rolled into one. Enjoy.
Gill Paul again takes us into two differing timelines and back to Russia and also Australia this time. I've always been fascinated by the Romanovs and also Rasputin and that era so this one appealed to me straightaway, of course. While it is fiction, it would be so nice to think at least one of the princesses survived......let's face it, all the protagonists are long-dead now and so we'll never really know. My "favourite" has always been Olga. I've read many differing mentions of who people thought was the most attractive of the four and I've always thought Olga was. My favourite character in this was Peter-he was just lovely.
It was interesting reading about what happened to simple Russians after the family's execution......you have to wonder why it ever happened as it did nothing to help their people in the least. It sounded an horrendous time to have lived over there.....and I use THAT term very loosely !
A couple of times she had me sniffing away, especially in her Afterword.....the very last passage had me howling......I like that in this one there were a couple of photos as well.
The ONLY error I think was not having an apostrophe with enquiries' desk but I could be wrong there.
If you've not read this author you really must give her a go.......her writing is truly interesting and keeps you fascinated the whole way through. You can thank me later !