HE’S THE ONLY ONE ALIVE WHO KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. WHAT DARK SECRETS WILL THIS ANCIENT RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT REVEAL ABOUT THE FINAL DAYS OF NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA?
Though the events are almost a century old, the imprisonment and execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family still hold an aura of mystery that fascinates. In haunting prose, Robert Alexander retells the story through the eyes of Leonka, once the kitchen boy to the Romanovs, who claims to be the last living witness to the family’s brutal execution. Mysteriously spared by the Bolsheviks, the boy vanished into the bloody tides of the Russian Revolution. Now, through Alexander’s conjuring, he reemerges to tell his story. What did the young boy see in those last days of the Imperial Family? Does he have answers to long-standing questions about secret letters smuggled to the Tsar, thirty-eight pounds of missing tsarist jewels, and why the bodies of two Romanov children are still missing from the secret grave discovered in 1991?
(Story synopsis from book cover, Penguin Book edition)
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander was the May novel choice for the Pi Phi Pages book club read. With this being a historical fiction novel, I was of course very excited for this book. In addition to my affinity for historical fiction, the mystery that surrounds the Romanov is always one that is fascinating. Continue reading