Anastasia's Book of Days
July 17, 2017
From the vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe to the creation of the nation we know as Germany, the life of Anastasia Burkart reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland. Based on Anastasia' purported diaries, this novel presents her life story, of a real woman who passed the family name down through the generations.
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This first-person narrative focuses closely on Anastasia’s relationships and what it takes for her to survive. She is a compelling narrator, alert, practical, and shrewd.
Maynard touches on many relevant topics—religious divisions, smallpox inoculation, the guild system—within the context of the narrative, revealing substantial research and knowledge without burying readers in an excess of information. . . .
Maynard delivers an engrossing and well-developed novel that should appeal to fans of women’s