This is a fascinating account of life inside the Russian court of Emperor Nicholas II. Working as a nanny for the Grand Duchesses, Margaret Eager was able to travel with the royal family and be part of their household for six years.
The first part of this book was mostly just descriptions of places and of how things were done, from royal ceremonies to the management of the children. As the book goes on, happily we get more anecdotes that really bring these people to life. There are many adorable stories about the children and things that happened as they grew, but there was also some shocking tales about life in Russia at that time. I thought this book was very well rounded in its selection of stories.
My only complaint is that it ended very abruptly. In literally two sentences, Eager went from working for the family, to leaving them. Some kind of summing up or epilogue would have been nice.
If you like history, particularly Russian history and/or first-hand accounts, give this book a try.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**