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The Last Tiara

by M.J. Rose

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  • Bill B
    Good Historical Fiction
    This is my first book by Ms Rose. I’m impressed. Very good historical fiction tackling numerous subjects and having two strong heroines in it’s dual storylines.
    You tell me that part of the book is set in Russia during the revolution and I think “confusion and a boring plot”. Not here. The setting is detailed and well done. The story is fast paced and the characters are interesting. I always wanted to read the next chapter
    When the story moves to NYC in the late 40’s, early 50’s it is equally well done. The glass ceiling for women in business, the development of Oak Ridge and the A bomb are going to interest you and probably many book clubs. ,
    It’s everything you want in historical fiction, good story, good setting, you learn something.
    Good job M.J.
    I highly recommend it.
  • Barry E. (Boynton Beach, FL)
    Just a pleasure
    Having never read any of MJ Rose's works I went in not knowing what to suspect. What I found was a historical mystery well written, heart wrenching full of witticism, romance, and informative. Rose's command of how a women thinks when used was superb and her definitions of many nuances of interpretation of life experiences were most interesting. I found myself taking some notes, looking up words, and just overall enthralled with the story.
  • Mary B. (Laguna Woods, CA)
    2 romances and a mystery
    This book tells the story of a painting restorer in Russia in the 1920's and her daughter's search for answers about her parents after her mother dies in 1948 having told her very little about her life before immigrating to New York. There are interesting facts about the Hermitage and the Bolsevics and about the difficulties women faced as architects in 1940's. The mystery is how the mother came to own the last tiara Faberge designed and made for the Tzar.
  • Carol R. (North Mankato, MN)
    History, mystery and romance
    I found myself drawn in to the mystery of the Faberge-designed Romanov tiara found in the walls of a New York apartment. The story is told in alternating chapters by mother, Sophia, and her daughter, Isobelle. This technique was effective in filling in the backstory of Sophia's life in Russia during WWII and her subsequent move to New York City with her daughter, Isobelle. Both are actually strong women, but I felt Isobelle's character was portrayed as reluctant and hesitant, despite the fact she worked as an architect (a man's occupation at the time). All-in-all, this is a good read and held my interest as the story unfolds to reveal the details.
  • Maribeth K. (Milton, NY)
    A Glimpse into Lost Tiara
    This is a delightful mystery juxtaposed with a mother character at the end of the Russian Romanov era and her daughter in post-World War II New York City. While light on historical detail, the story evolves to keep the reader engaged, anticipating how the lost tiara's past relates to its current state and meaning. The story has unexpected twists and turns that add to its suspense. The characters are developed in such a manner that the reader feels their emotional states and conflicts. This is an easy read for those who enjoy historical fiction combined with a mystery/thriller.
  • Diane S. (San Jose, CA)
    The Last Tiara
    I thought the book was pretty interesting. But the main character Isobelle was extremely insecure and frustrating. To constantly read about her insecurities irritated me. I enjoyed learning a little about the Romanovs and how they hid their jewels. That was amazing. I would have enjoyed learning more. The other characters were interesting. It was a good book.
  • Kristen K. (Atlanta, GA)
    History, Mystery & Romance
    The Last Tiara was an enjoyable read. The story is historical fiction, a mystery and a romance rolled into one page turning novel. The story takes you from post-World War II New York to Russia in the 1920s and 30s. Chapters alternate between a mother and her daughter. Both of these characters were admirable women. The daughter had to solve a mystery to understand her mother's life in Russia. The fact that this mystery involved a tiara that once belonged to a daughter of the last Czar of Russia could have made the story unbelievable but the way it unfolded made it seem very real and definitely keeps you interested in finding out what is going to happen next. This book lends itself to getting comfy on a rainy Pandemic day and losing yourself in a captivating story.
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