Early praise for I WAS ANASTASIA:

“A young Tsarina traveling towards tragedy and an aging Grand Duchess penniless and betrayed. Twin stories so gripping you will believe history itself can be rewritten. Written with masterful intensity and moments of true human compassion.” — Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War

“Ariel Lawhon is a masterful storyteller; I WAS ANASTASIA is a wild ride, extravagant with its vivid sensory experiences and page turning suspense. Inspired by history, and infused with imagination and intrigue, this novel satisfies with every twist and turn. I was both captivated and enchanted; I will carry this story—from it’s beguiling opening to its catch-my-breath ending —  in my heart and imagination for a long, long while.” — Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and The Bookshop at Water’s End

“The fate of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the last Tsar, is an old mystery that never gets old. In the hands of Ariel Lawhon, it springs to life again, challenging everything we believe about what we remember and who we are. Was Anna Anderson really the only survivor of the Romanovs or was she a persistent fraud? Somehow, Lawhon, a masterly writer, not only leads her readers to ponder this riddle, but to care about it as well. This is a deft and deeply moving saga.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“I don’t know what’s most impressive about I WAS ANASTASIA: the wildly inventive structure, the ferocious heroine (or is it two?), or the dark, twisted questions it raises about the stories we tell—both to others and to ourselves. Ariel Lawhon has written a gorgeous, haunting puzzle of a book that will grip you until the final page.” — Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

“I WAS ANASTASIA is a wild train trip through time. The doors swish open here, then there, scenes sometimes racing by, sometimes drifting far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson. Every view is tantalizing, surprising, compelling, and utterly fascinating. Ariel Lawhon unfolds a complicated story with skill, style, and compassion.” — Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“A wildly unique look at the dual mysteries of Anastasia Romanov and her possible imposter Anna Anderson results in a brilliant reimagining of two fascinating lives. Complex, exciting, and beautifully written, Lawhon never disappoints. Her impeccable research and lush prose make I WAS ANASTASIA compulsively readable. A fantastic novel.”  — J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of LIE TO ME

“I WAS ANASTASIA crackles with authenticity. Lawhon focuses a glittering, sharp-edged lens on the intertwined reality of Anna and Anastasia, bringing the reader closer to their story than any other writer or filmmaker has ever dared. Intimate and heartbreaking, brittle as Siberian ice, yet intricate as a snowflake. A mesmerizing triumph.” –​ Laura Benedict, Edgar-nominated author of the Bliss House trilogy

“In I Was Anastasia, Ariel Lawhon vividly reimagines both the stories of Anastasia Romanov and of Anna Anderson, the woman who claims to be Anastasia years later. Beautifully written and masterfully plotted, Lawhon deftly interweaves these two women’s lives into a gripping and richly detailed historical novel with the pace of a thriller. I was absolutely captivated.” — JillianCantor, author of MARGOT and THE LOST LETTER



“Ariel Lawhon has real vision and the writing chops to back it up. She weaves the voices and lives of the Hindenburg’s doomed–and surviving–passengers together in intricate fashion, linking them at startling intersections that bind them into a single, riveting tale. It’s a fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination–I could not put it down.” — Sara Gruen, New York Times Bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and AT THE WATER’S EDGE

“In FLIGHT OF DREAMS, Ariel Lawhon masterfully re-imagines the infamous Hindenburg tragedy in uniquely human terms, and the result is a spectacular page-turner of class and distinction. Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novel is wonderfully satisfying – historical fiction at its best.” — Alex George, internationally bestselling author of A GOOD AMERICAN

“A magnificent, tour-de-force story, FLIGHT OF DREAMS will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theorist who’s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg. Simply spectacular—I’ve never read anything like it. Lawhon has written the book of the year. She’s a writer to watch—now, and for many years to come.” — J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND

FLIGHT OF DREAMS enthralls, taking the reader on the doomed last flight of the Hindenburg with a story so vivid, it is impossible to pull away. Mystery, romance – it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale.” – Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of THE DRESSMAKER and A TOUCH OF STARDUST

“It’s a sign of an extremely talented writer who can take a story that’s been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that is so compelling and exciting. Even the manner in which the novel is structured adds to the tension of the story.” — Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS ARCHITECT and HOUSE OF THIEVES



“The 1930 disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater, one of New York City’s most fascinating and enduring mysteries, is brilliantly explored. With its richly drawn cast of characters–ballsy showgirls, corrupt politicians, dirty cops, a scorned wife, an ambitious maid, a scheming mistress–and deftly conjured, twist-laden plot, Ariel Lawhon’s sparkling and finely-researched novel will entrance fans of historical fiction and nonfiction alike.” — Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose.

“In a setting most often viewed through the lens of mobster or police investigator, Ariel Lawhon’s The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress delves instead into the history of three women who, while certainly under the outward thumb of the men who hold sway over them, understand their own power and use it to protect not only their personal interests, but at times their very lives. Lawhon’s engaging style, both film noir-ish and intensely emotional, delivers a haunting peek into the political and criminal underbelly of 1930s New York.” — Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress offers a vivid portrait of 1930s New York City and an engrossing mystery that will keep you turning the pages well past your bedtime. But at its heart this novel is a story about forgiveness–who deserves it, who gets it, and how, either way, we go on.” — Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife

“Ariel Lawhon has concocted a stylish homage to noir in The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress.  This fun, fast-paced novel has it all: speakeasies, gangsters, show girls, and not one, not two, but three women scorned.  A real page turner.”  — Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife.

“A fun, fast book with lots of dark surprises! The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress made the real world fall away, transporting me to another time and place, full of speakeasies, dancing girls, mobsters, and mayhem. Lawhon’s great gift is in creating vibrant heroines to cheer for — the socialite, the starlet, the Spanish maid, all instantly sparked my sympathies, and had me ripping through the book to find out how they would manage to survive the dark grip of the powerful men who populated their world. Enjoy this wild trip to dangerous 1930, and wrap your brain around an imaginative new solution to one of the mysteries of old New York.”  — Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

“A gangster’s showgirl, a wounded wife, a rich man’s maid, and the true-life, never-solved disappearance of a New York City judge, all come brilliantly to life amidst the Boardwalk Empire-like strut of Prohibition, in Lawhon’s sparklingly imagined novel. Vivid and unsettling, with a finale as startling as the pop of a gun.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow