Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted by I’d Rather Be At The Beach you can reach it here.  Easy to participate.  Include your book title and author, a picture of the cover, and quote the first (or first two) paragraph(s) from the book.  Leave your link at the blog site along with a comment on what is posted there.  Learn about other books people are reading by visiting their blogs and noting their excerpts.

Today’s First Chapter, First Paragraph is from I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon.  It is actually an introduction although it is named Fair Warning.

If I tell you what happened that night in Ekaterinberg I will have to unwind my memory—all the twisted coils—and lay it in your palm. It will be the gift and the curse I bestow upon you.  A confession for which you may never forgive me. Are you ready for that? Can you hold this truth in your hand and not crush it like the rest of them? Because I do not think you can. I do not think you are brave enough. But, like so many others through the years, you have asked:  Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess. Or am I an impostor? A fraud. A liar. The thief of another woman’s legacy.

I am hosting this Tuesdays’ Tantalizing Teasers which is easy to participate in.  It may not appear every week but when it does, it will always be on Tuesday.  To participate, show the title, author, and cover, and choose a random (or not) quote to share with other readers (two or three sentences), and leave a comment with the link to your own tantalizing teaser for the day.  Here’s my quote from the above book:

This proof of her ability to speak Russian leaves him flustered. “I don’t know what you’re talking about—”

“You are clearly ignorant, [replies Anna] but please don’t make yourself a liar as well.  Your libelous book, The False Anastasia, is lying on top of today’s paper in the bag at your feet.” p.82

Would you keep reading?  Have you read this book already?  Share your thoughts and leave a link to your own post.  Enjoy your day!


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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9 Responses to Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

  1. Yvonne says:

    Interesting one. I never read this author before.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Beth F says:

    I too have read at least one other book by this author and really liked it. Based on the opener and the teaser, I bet I’d like this one too.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I have enjoyed this author’s other books and would keep reading.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Vicki says:

    Not my usual genre but I would keep reading a bit more and go from there.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing, and here are today’s excerpts: “BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND””


  6. Your selected book has been on my wish list, and I even had a library copy at one point, but had to return it before I had a chance to read it. The opening paragraph draws me in, so now I have to find the time to fit it into my reading plan. Nice cover, too.


    • mysm2000 says:

      This is a book that sent me researching on the internet and purchasing other books on the subject. I had lost touch with all the developments to the puzzle and was fascinated to find out the facts and how well-researched this book is. Hope you enjoy it.


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