I wanted to like this story -- it had all the elements that would have made it perfect for me. The last days of the Russian empire are my favourite time in history. But that may have been the problem...I have read too much to enjoy this for what it is. And maybe it's well-researched, but very few of tje facts line up with the other reading I have done on the period and that annoyed me. On the whole, I was glad it was a Kindle freebie, I would have been much more disappointed had I paid actual money for this.