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The Last Tiara – tekijä: M.J. Rose

The Last Tiara (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: M.J. Rose (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Last Tiara
Kirjailijat:M.J. Rose (Tekijä)
Info:Blue Box Press (2021), 437 pages
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The Last Tiara (tekijä: M. J. Rose)


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Two women going down two seemingly different paths, one tale told from the past, the other a little first down the road, each path parallel each other, eventually becoming interwoven into a bittersweet tapestry of heartbreak, loss, and love. And it all links to one thing: a tiara.

It's a premise that had me instantly intrigued, and for the most part The Last Tiara held my attention, but there were several things that bothered me about this novel, particularly the scenes of intimacy. I'm one to use my imagination in those instances of intimacy, and prefer fade-out scenes or language that alludes to what transpires, and do not necessarily care to hear details, so when the moments in this novel got graphic for me I skipped ahead. I understand that intimacy is a given, especially given the timeline, but it made me very uncomfortable, and really brought down the novel as a whole in my mind.

There was also quite a bit of repetitiveness that started to feel tired, and I really struggled to connect with several of the characters, the reason why still unknown in my mind. All the men were fairly self-assured, but all the women came across as insecure, immature, and overly emotional which frustrated me to no end. Don't get me wrong, these traits aren't necessarily bad in and of themselves, especially if there is some form of growth that comes from a life lesson, but I didn't feel any depth or change whatsoever. You would think there would be at least one strong female, but sadly none stood out to me, and this is another point that broke my heart.

What did redeem this novel for me was the historical details, which were masterfully integrated and you can tell were meticulously researched. Honestly, without this fact, I don't think I would've rated it as high as I did. Other than the history, the only other thing that kept me reading was the overall mystery of the tiara. How could I not read on and find out the whole story behind it??

As far as the ending, I was pretty pleased, especially with the twist, which was a pleasant addition, even though I did have a feeling it was coming. I've heard from some readers that the dual timeline was a bit bothersome for them, but it didn't bother me a bit, and felt like it added a layer of dimension that was much needed. I also enjoyed the author's writing style, as well as her talent for capturing the readers imagination, I just wish the emotional relationships could've felt more developed, the intimacy could've been toned down, and that I could've better connected with the characters.

*I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Blue Box Press through NetGalley. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest, and my own. ( )
  cflores0420 | May 31, 2021 |
Content Rating: 16+
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Published: February 2, 2021, by Blue Box Press

The Last Tiara, written by M. J. Rose, is a beautiful story that weaves the touching relationship between mother and daughter while intertwining 1915 Russia and 1948 America. The Last Tiara is expertly research and well written. Ms. Rose writes this book with sharp attention to historical detail but also laced with romance and mystery.

Isabelle Moon is a young architect in post-WW2. She is living and working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she is transforming the secrete cities tasked with making the first nuclear bomb back into livable cities. On December 9, Isabelle gets a frantic phone call from her aunt informing her that her mother was hit by a car and has died. Isabelle then rushes home to New York to morn her mother. When she returns to her job, she begins to feel lost. When an opening becomes available in New York, Isabelle jumps at the opportunity. She moves back into the apartment she shared with her mother. While renovating their shared apartment, she stumbles upon a tiara stripped of all its gemstones. This begins her journey of discovering what her mother’s life was like during the fall of the Romanov’s rule.

This story alternates between mother and daughter and between their respective times. I have always been obsessed with all things Romanov, so that part was a real treat for me. I also loved that the author wrote with wonderfully rich historical detail. Although this didn’t necessarily add to the plot, I feel that it added to the enjoyment of the whole book, and I learned a bit of history. I thought the mystery element was well developed and thought out, and it did keep me guessing throughout the whole book. I would have liked to see the author develop the two main characters a bit more. But overall, The Last Tiara is a well-written book that I enjoyed and would recommend it.

** I kindly received The Last Tiara by way of Net Galley, Blue Box Press, and M.J. Rose. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. ** ( )
  PageTurnerReviews | May 4, 2021 |
So this is a 4.5 upgraded to a 5. I’m a big fan of this genre and I love mid century era novels set in the backdrop of the first or second World Wars. So, I found this story intriguing from early on, when we meet Sofiya Petrovitch, a young woman born in Russia around 1900. With the outbreak of WW1, Sofiya and her friends, who also happen to be Russian Royalty, are conscripted into nursing and they attend to the many wounded soldiers coming back from the front. It is here that Sofiya meets the love of her life, a young Russian soldier who just happens to have amnesia. While their love story is a fairytale early on, nothing can last forever and as war ravages Russia, Sofiya and her beloved are forced apart. She eventually finds shelter in America and her beloved is eventually imprisoned. The storyline shifts forward 30 years and we meet Isobelle Moon, Sofiya’s daughter, who lives in New York City. Isobelle is a woman without a family history because her mother spent her whole life keeping it hidden, and after Sofiya’s untimely death, Isobelle is left to find that history on her own. A renovation of her mother’s room yields one clue that could unlock her past, an old tiara, long picked clean of any gems that could be considered valuable. With nothing else to go on, Isobelle vows to uncover the tiara’s importance and what secrets it may hold about her mother’s past. While the pace can be a little slower at times, the plot is always interesting, weaving important historical events and figures with the fictional characters of this tale. I quite enjoyed this story. If I could wish for anything else to add to this tale, I wish we knew more about what happened to Isobelle’s father. There isn’t much here, and it would have been interesting to know what happened to him. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | May 3, 2021 |
MJ Rose always grabs you on page one and holds you in thrall until the end of every book she writes. This one was no different. I am fascinated by any story that is set in Russia during the Revolution and this is another great one. Memorable characters that you will hate to leave behind. A true gem of a book with a gorgeous cover. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
The Russian Revolution plays a large part in this tale of love, betrayal, family, jewels, secrets, privilege and glass ceilings. Like Russian novels, this one has twists, turns, blind corners and secrets galore. Sofia, a young art restorer in Tsarist Russia, is friends with the Tsar’s daughters, Olga and Tatiana. All three volunteer as nurses as WWI encroaches on St. Petersburg and their life of wealth and privilege. In hospital Sofia meets a young soldier who suffers from amnesia. That is where the joys and struggles and secrets begin only to later crop up in 1948 in New York City.
The main characters are, with one exception, clearly drawn and true to themselves throughout. Rose has done her homework and it shows in her descriptions of Tsarist Russia and later the New York architectural, fine jewelry and social scene. Her descriptions of Faberge and the gem studded works they created are spot on. Her depiction of women in the field of architecture shows the glass ceiling in stunning detail.
A lovely novel that book groups will enjoy discussing.
4 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Feb 12, 2021 |
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