When Carolyn Meyer decided to embark on the writing of the diary of young Anastasia Romanov, the last grand duchess of Russia, (Royal Diaries: Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess of Russia (1914), I wonder just how much research was thrown her way. The life of young Anastasia, though only in her teens at her death, has captivated the world since 1914 and, thanks to brave authors like Meyer, continues even now to bring the ambitious teenage Romanov to life.
Written in the form of a diary, Meyer allows us to see Anastasia and her sisters Olga, Tatiana, and Marie through her eyes. She writes of OTMA often and explains so well the closeness and teasing of this normal royal family. She also speaks of her father’s love of country as she, no more than a child, can understand it. And of dear sweet Alexia, her brother and future czar of Russia, she explains his ailments in terms that even the children reading the book should understand, along with the heartache she feels as she watches him suffer for merely being a boisterous child.
The true heart of the diary is hearing what very well could have been Anastasia’s personality seeping through the pages. Any girl who reads this tale will feel as though they are speaking to a friend. Written in dialogue from 1914, the entries are heartfelt and wonderfully descriptive (especially when Meyer describes the many travels the royal family takes!) and use verbiage not usually found in novels for modern girls. Russian vocabulary is passed on and described again as if speaking to a friend.
I believe this book would be a wonderful read for any young girl. In Royal Diaries: Anastasia, the last Grand Duchess of Russia (1914), Meyers has supplied a wonderful history lesson in a beautifully written format.