Published (first published December 1st 2003)
ISBN 1863254676 (ISBN13: 9781863254670)
When American journalist Michael Sheridan jumps into the Whangpoa River to save a woman he met in one of Shanghai’s taxi clubs, his life is changed irrevocably. A Russian refugee, Anastasia Romanov bears an extraordinary resemblance to the princess of the same name, who was rumored to have survived the brutal murder of her family at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries.
The fate of the youngest daughter of the last Russian Czar has become one of the most talked-about mysteries of the time. But Michael’s Anastasia is suffering from amnesia and remembers little of her life before Shanghai.
Unraveling the mystery of Anastasia’s identity and past takes them both from the streets of Shanghai to the decadence of pre-war Berlin and London, from Bolshevik Russia to New York just before the Wall Street crash. Michael is the only man who has ever helped Anastasia without wanting something in return – but can she give up the chance to be a princess for true love?
Another Colin Falconer book, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the second one I have read, but I enjoyed it.
Anastasia is sold into slavery not once, but twice, and expects Michael to bail her out, however he actually ‘sold’ her on one occasion, but he does come to her rescue, because there is something about the enchantingly exotic woman that intoxicates him, and he always finds himself not far from where Ana turns out to be.
Colin shows that he really does carry out careful research when he investigates a story because never once did this story feel fake, or that a detail was missing. While everyone knows that the real Anastasia did suffer the same fate as her family, you almost wished that the Anastasia of Colin’s book would actually be the real Russian Princess.
The details of the story are rich, and I felt myself sitting, listening to the bustling streets of Shanghai, to the poor and desperation of Berlin and finally the rich life of pre-depression US.
A love story with a difference, and a surprisingly open ending.