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Another problem I have with it is her daughter - Sasha, now Zoya at work is described as a woman you wouldn't want to cross - so why can't she take her own daughter in hand? Why does she walk all over her? Feb 20, Chrissy rated it it was ok. Reading this book, I remember why I stopped. Really, I only picked this one up because of the Russian Revolution aspect of it. While that part of it was interesting, the book dragged and dragged A little too melodramatic for me.
Aug 04, Shelly rated it liked it. I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I really enjoyed all of the historical aspects of the book, especially the parts about the Russian Revolution. I liked Zoya' s personality and the rest of the characters as well.
I realize it was a major part of the story to have Zoya go through a lot of difficult things, but I wish there would have been more of a happy ending for her.
Feb 20, Liz rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorites. I'm not a huge D. Fictional characters fit so seamlessly into actual historical events and she describes it all so beautifully. Almost makes you wish you had been there to see it and enjoy the ride of highs and lows along with the characters in the story.
Preciosa historia de Anastasia Romanof. Why did I do this to myself? Why did I convince myself I'd like this? HOW did I convince myself I'd like this? Fellow reviewers who wrote things like "I usually don't like Danielle Steel books, but I liked this one a lot", I blame you, but only partially. I should have been smart enough to know what I was getting into with THIS 'gem' of a sentence on page one: You l Why did I do this to myself?
You literally just said she felt "grown up" and "like a little girl" in the same sentence. Which IS it? It gets worse. So, so much worse. So, the alleged plot of this clunker is that a young countess named Zoya, a cousin and best friend of the Romanovs, flees during the revolution and becomes a ballerina in Paris to support herself.
Okay, sounds promising. Minus the whole actually working as a ballerina thing, it sounds a little -- a very little, but enough to pique my interest even without the Romanov subplot -- like one of my favorite books, A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. This is what I wanted to read this thing for. It sounds right up my alley. I'm not -- or at least was not -- bias against Danielle Steel, even though I usually don't go for her brand of 'gushy Romance' novel.
I should have been, though. Because she does nothing with this premise. At first, despite the bad writing, it was promising, as the interaction between Zoya and Marie wasn't the worst thing, and it was kind of nice to see a Romanov sister besides Anastasia, especially one as overlooked as Maria, in the spotlight. I mean, the way Steel wrote it had problems -- such as using Marie's troubles as a springboard for Zoya's emotions rather than establishing them separately in any way.
She even sums up Zoya's personality as "Being like Marie" aside from quirks like 'feistiness' so that she DOESN'T have to worry about building her personality up beyond that. In fact, Zoya really acts nothing like Maria Romanov probably would in literally ANY situation she fell into, but whatever.
I also give Steel some kudos for not writing Alexandra as a shrewish bitch pardon my French, friends, but a LOT of writers are guilty of this sin , and actually making her very kind and likable while not veering too far from the mistakes we know she made historically. I, however, retract all kudos because she makes almost every other woman besides Zoya, the Romanov girls, Zoya's grandmama, Alexandra, and maybe that one female boss Zoya has later in the story, a completely hate-worthy shrew!
After Zoya visits the Romanovs and gets given a puppy, because puppies while the girls besides Maria have measles, Steel makes a weak attempt to build up the characters of Zoya's brother and father as these really admirable, likable people.
For about two chapters. Then kills them off. I don't know how I feel about this, because on the one hand, it's horribly done, on the other I seriously didn't think she'd have the guts to kill them off and leave Zoya-sue without their protection. So I kind of admired Steel initially for being this brutal and hoped it meant she would have the strength to put her characters in real peril and make me as a reader care about them.
I didn't want Game of Thrones levels of murder going on, but I was hoping for some deathly drama to take away from the bad writing, to at least give the story a point. And in a small way I did get that. On the other hand, just no. The build up was weak and the deaths were way too fast -- like blink and you'll miss them fast. Worse, I really don't think she should have killed off Zoya's mother in a fire right after killing off her brother and father.
It would have been more interesting if we were forced to deal with her shrewishness it's the author's own fault for making her that horrible as she and Zoya and the grandmother traveled to Paris. Instead she dies and we get 'loving but tough granny' nursing Zoya who has time-release plot convenient measles. I kind of liked Zoya's goodbye to Marie when they go to the Alexander Palace for the last time and Marie has now got the measles herself and Zoya has to lie to her about leaving the country, but it wasn't written in an emotional way at all.
Just being told "Zoya was sad" or "Zoya was crying" wasn't enough for me. This scene has no tone, no atmosphere. So from there, Zoya is poor and recovering from measles while in Paris. And you know what?
This would have been kind of interesting from Zoya's perspective. If the author had written it as a blur in her mind, or as muddled scenes our heroine only half understands. But, nope. Steel instead just changes POVs. Okay, that's her choice, but how she does is just BAD. She sometimes doesn't even end a paragraph before changing whose head we're in. I got the feeling she thought she was writing in an omnipresent tone, except that's NOT how you write omnipresent!
What Steel does is literally head-jumping and exposition dumping. This is how a fifth grader or a fourteen year old girl with her first laptop I should know, I used to be that girl, many years ago writes. This is not how a professional book should read. And I could forgive Steel if she just used this during Zoya's illness.
It's a cheap cop-out, but maybe she couldn't find another way around it. We jump from head to head like we're on a freaking pogo stick. So, ballet time? Yeah, Zoya does ballet for her job to support herself and granny, but we're told this, not shown it.
And then the company she works for travels away and she doesn't want to leave her grandmother so goes to another company but she doesn't like them and we don't really see them either. We get more scenes of grandmamma whining about how 'improper' it is for Zoya to be a dancer than we do of Zoya dancing.
Well, grandmamma and the only servant to escape with them die, and Zoya gets rescued by 'dashing hero' coughcough loser! Don't get too attached, he's only one of three 'dashing' guys who adores our heroine in this book. He does nothing endearing aside from one scene where he gives them a samovar. Otherwise he's a creeper. But of course he's the hero and after abandoning her 'for her own good' he 'saves' Zoya from her horrible life and yay they're rich and happy as the day is long.
Well whoopee! Never mind that the Romanovs died. Or that Pierre Gilliard was a character for a while a couple chapters, as he delivers the news to Zoya and then is never seen again.. So story over? Happy ending? Not in this freaking book! Zoya faces a new challenge. The servants loved her husband's first wife, and don't want her, so we are in the plot of Rebecca apparently.
For a whole page or so. Because it's Olga the tsar's sister to the rescue for about a page to reveal Zoya's true identity and make the New York snobbies love her! Except that explains nothing as to why the servants would let up on her. But hey, we're getting Olga as a character? Nope, she's gone. Well two kiddoes later, Zoya's husband loses all his money and dies of a heart attack. Blah blah blah fire, blah blah blah poor, blah blah blah one kid is an angel and one kid is a brat guess which one, the boy or the girl?
It's obvious, isn't it? Okay, book, you're OVER, wave buh-bye. Because new husband boyfriend whose mother is an unlikable shrew, go figure dies in world war two. And Zoya's all alone And her daughter's mean Can I just take a break here and whine about what a horrible character Zoya's daughter is? I mean, not ONE redeeming quality in this girl. The only explanation we get is that she was 'a little spoiled' as a kid. Okay, but so was Zoya and even though she IS kind of a horrible person, the book isn't trying to portray her as such so you're kind of not explaining your point AT ALL.
Also, apparently being 'a little spoiled' means you cannot live happily ever after. You will end up divorced like Zoya's first daughter-in-law, shrew number who's even counting at this point? Zoya gets another boyfriend, he's also a loser. Because Zoya only goes for losers.
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The one guy who kind of wasn't, waaay back in Paris, was described as "too ugly" sensitive, Steel, real sensitive, just gotta hit us with how ugly people can't find love because they're sooo ugly, great moral. He's married but it's okay because he and his wife aren't close. There's nothing morally wrong with his cheating on her for sure!
Then his wife finally dies I'm not kidding the book itself says "she finally died" Zoya just says no thanks. Zoya raises grandchild, blah blah blah. They maybe go to Russia, blah blah blah. The end. So as you can see I really disliked this book. I can't say the author did no research, as SOME of the stuff about the Romanovs was vaguely correct, but I can say she put this research to no useful purpose for her story.
The love stories all suck, the writing is bad, and while I can't speak for Danielle Steel's other, ergo more recent, books, this one does not make me want to read them.
In fact I never want to read anything by her again after this. Even if a topic of her books piques my interest, I'll probably pass. I'm done. This was just unbearably bad. I don't know if the target audience like this bored housewives before Fifty Shades of Gray was a thing?
Or they weren't smart enough to read V. Andrews in the 80s so they settled for this instead? I would actually go so far as to say it's the worst Romanov book I've ever seen, even worse than the one where Alexei has a cell phone.
At least that book was short -- this thing was pages! Glad this is over. May my next read be better -- though really I can't see how it could be worse. Jun 06, Mehmet rated it it was ok.
Sep 08, Natalie rated it really liked it Shelves: I first read this book about 7 years ago. I had this thoughts Russia and always dreamt of moving there just so that I could attend Christmas mass and feel the snow and all that.
This is the only Danielle Steel book I ever liked and reading it a second time gives me reasons why. She kept repeating things it started to annoy, I was here for the story, I just realized that. I always wanted more. I still want more. I want love like this. Not a Danielle Steel fan, but I remembered liking this one First time I've read it again and still liked it, but oh the over the top melodrama.
I understand and was fine with everyone getting killed in Russia because of the revolution Very well written and it, happily, was a very quick read. Now on to something less like a bad soap opera.
Si les autres personnages manquent de profondeur, elle est tout simplement admirable. Sep 24, Alisha Alisha rated it liked it Shelves: I can't remember how I came across this book but it was the historical setting of Imperial Russia and the Russian Revolution, World War One in Paris and then New York in the twenties that gave me the impression that the story would take me on one heck of an adventure. Then my aunt who never reads spotted the book and started talking about how good the author is and I'll be honest, that's when my first doubts started to creep in.
But nonetheless, I went on reading with an open mind. For the first I can't remember how I came across this book but it was the historical setting of Imperial Russia and the Russian Revolution, World War One in Paris and then New York in the twenties that gave me the impression that the story would take me on one heck of an adventure. For the first quarter of the book I was intrigued and then I got to two thirds in to find that all of those pages had been building up to nothing. Ten years of the story just squashed into three or four pages.
So at this point, I'm wondering what this story is. It's certainly not a love story or romance, and there isn't enough substance for it to really be a decent historical fiction or a tale of adventure. It's hardly even a fictional memoir. I really wanted to like Zoya; it had potential but it just fell short in so many ways. I had to claw my way through the final quarter of the book which was depressing and didn't even need to be written. It was also a little ridiculous how every rich man she came into contact with instantly fell in love with her and promptly expressed it.
That said, there were parts of it that I enjoyed. I like that it brought the reality of death, bad luck and believable characters. I also enjoyed the protagonist, Zoya herself. Read again? No, I'm giving my copy to the charity shop.
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Will the characters stay with me? I doubt. This wasn't a very good book. A few pages in, though, I wasn't sure I could continue. This is a world where everyone's gorgeous or handsome, is loved for no reason, and has to be thrown adversity after tragedy just to have something for the author to write about. I get that good fiction tends to have some great event that propels characters forward, but it has to ring true and make sense. Not in this book. And you have a f This wasn't a very good book.
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And you have a fairly good idea of who's going to die next as soon as you meet them. It gets a little eye-rolling halfway through. In this book, it was hard to get past the overly described clothes, people, and scenery that weren't really relevant.
From what I gathered from other reviews, this is the way this author operates. Obviously she has an audience, but If you didn't see the s TV movie, or want to read the book version of it, Zoya's set in the beautiful backdrop of Russia, during the World War I Europe for this magical and classic Danielle Steel historical romance. Zoya, a cousin of the Tsar, fled Russia to find safety in Paris France. While her world changed before her eyes, she joined the local French ballet, and when things settled down in her life, she moved to New York City.
During the Great Depression, she lost everything she had in s If you didn't see the s TV movie, or want to read the book version of it, Zoya's set in the beautiful backdrop of Russia, during the World War I Europe for this magical and classic Danielle Steel historical romance. During the Great Depression, she lost everything she had in stock. Her career and the man in her life saved her. As she rebuilt her life from the bottom up, she held onto the things she held so dear to her heart--her family.
From the s to the s, her legacy lived on through her family to withstand the hands of their time.
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No hay trama, no hay desarrollo de los personajes, muertes al por mayor e innecesarias. Starts December 22, 11 Jan 01, Zoya 1 10 Nov 20, Readers Also Enjoyed. About Danielle Steel.
Danielle Steel. Since , Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In , she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over consecutive weeks. Twenty-one of Ms. Steel's novels have been adapted for television, each earning high ratings and critical acclaim, including two Golden Globe nominations for JEWELS, a four-hour mini-series that starred Anthony Andrews.
In addition, Ms. Steel is the author of the "Max and Martha" series of books for young readers. They are ten illustrated storybooks written to comfort the young as they face problems, such as a new stepfather, new baby, new school, loss of a grandparent, and other crucial dilemmas in a child's life. She has also written the "Freddie" books, four of them, about real-life situations in children's lives, like a visit to the doctor and the first night away from home.
In , Ms. Steel was decorated by the French government as an "Officier" of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, for her lifetime contribution to world culture. She was awarded the second highest rank of the Order. Steel also has a passionate interest in emerging contemporary artists. She has had an art gallery for several years, and and continues to sponsor and organize free lance art shows and events to show the work of emerging and mid-career artists.
She has a degree in design herself.
In addition to her writing, Ms. Steel has varied philanthropic interests. She founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which funds organizations involved in mental illness and child abuse. The second was established to assist the homeless. She has won numerous awards for her personal work with mentally ill adolescents and children.
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