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Sarah-Laney By Sarah-Laney Completed

In the summer of 1918 a tragedy echoed across the world when the Russian Imperial Romanov family was murdered by communists leaving much of the country crying out in mourning.  Yet, there was a myth that one daughter, the youngest daughter; the Grand Duchess Anastasia had escaped. Though many disbelieved, for some this would prove to be more than a rumor and it would change their lives forever.

Annalisa Peterson, a senior in high school, is dying to get out and move as far away from her family as possible. Not that she has had a rough childhood, but she wants to get away from constantly being expected to be the perfect A student and consistently having to visit her great grandmother who doesn't seem to like her, and oh yeah, doesn't speak a word of English.

One final class assignment could change everything that she's ever known, and could literally re-write history. To find out the truth about her family's history, it isn't long before she's digging through old papers, books, photographs, and even travelling to Russia; not to mention getting her heart tangled up with the enemy along the way.

As Annalisa finds out more and more, she's quickly discovering that once the real truth is out, her entire life will be turned upside down, and life will become much more dangerous for her, and those around her. 

Secrets are revealed. Questions are answered. One thing is certain; Annalisa never thought that her senior year would end like this.

  • anastasia
  • drama
  • family
  • friendship
  • mystery
  • romance
  • romanov
  • russia
  • suspense
  • youngwritersprize
D_M_Smith D_M_Smith Jan 12, 2016
Actually, I'm pretty sure it's 1916. The assassination happened during WWI...which was over in 1917.
Sidoora Sidoora Dec 10, 2015
Haven't read the book in over a year! I am excited to read it once more
Killingshadows Killingshadows Jul 17, 2014
You're prologue and brief plot outline holds so much promise I'm really excited for what's to come !
blondieblu blondieblu Apr 27, 2014
that's great news! I'll have to move my reading list around a bit so I can read "ROOTS" in its entirety before it's gone!
- - Oct 12, 2013
Ive seen a movie that sounds exactly like this. Weird. Anywho, Im going to continue here.
Sarah-Laney Sarah-Laney Jun 20, 2013
@AmandaMable13 haha thanks so much, i hope you enjoyed the book over the holidays then. =)