Which is how I've come to love Carolly Erickson's "historical entertainment" as she calls them. My first introduction to this style of historical fiction/biography was in Erickson's book: The Secret Life of Josephine - Napoleon's wife (well, one of them!). It was a fascinating insight to the woman behind one of Europe's - and indeed the world's - most interesting historical characters.
So, it wasn't long, before I picked up another of Erickson's books, this one was The Tsarina's Daughter - and it was equally as good. It's the story of the Russian dynasty in pre-revolutionary Russia. Tania - also known as Daria (for reasons that are explained in the book) is the daughter of Tsar Nicholas ll and Tsarina Alexandra. As an individual she is slightly removed from the imperial family for she has a curiosity about life outside of the palace. This curiosity, however, brings with it implications of its own.