The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What if Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas II had escaped execution and lived? What would her life have been like? Would she ever have revealed her identity or let her secret die with her?
Flash forward to the 1970s. Val Doyle’s estranged father has passed on and left cryptic, haunting words on his deathbed. Who was this solemn, oppressive man that barely raised her?
This is the sweeping saga of one woman’s fight for the survival of her family. It is a story of motherhood, love, hope, heartache, endurance, and redemption. Exquisitely written, the novel follows the parallel stories of two women decades apart.
I could not put this book down. It was a beautiful story empowering two female characters to overcome the impossible barriers of their times. Narrated as both a mystery and an epic, this is a novel for those who love stories about women finding out how strong they really are. You will be routing for both of them the entire way through. Highly recommended.