I took a long time to acquire this book as it is expensive and I had understood that it one of the dullest Romanov books around. While it's not exciting it is a must for the Romanov enthusiast.
This is largely due to Marie's genealogy. She is impeccably connected: her father, the Danish Prince who became King of Greece, was Minnie's brother. Her mother was KR's sister. Her brother, Greek Georgy, was with Nicholas II when he was attacked in Otsu. Marie was Dimitri P's maternal aunt. Her relatives by marriage included the Kaiser's sister and Miechen's only daughter.
She married Sandro's brother George M. This unhappy marriage led to a separation, which ultimately saved her life, with Marie and her 2 daughters relocating to England. During WW I she established a hospital in Harrogate; this is where Occleshaw thinks Tatiana was hidden after being spirited out of Ekaterinberg. Her husband was killed at the fortress of Peter and Paul in 1919 with some of the other grand dukes.
The book is like a series of postcards from the peripatetic lifestyle of pre- and post- WWI Greek royalty. It was a life spent moving between Athens, Corfu, Rome, St Petersburg, Sandringham and Copenhagen. It's interesting for its intimate, domestic detail rather than for any grand narrative or insight into her interior life or the political situations. She is a circumspect commentator with overt criticism reserved for certain Greek politicians and later, George Buchanan and the British role in the Revolution, in general. She does assume that the reader is familiar with contemporary events, most notably the abdications and expulsions of the Greek royals. For Romanov afficionados there is a wealth of detail on various Romanov characters and on the building of her Crimean home, Harax. Most notable is the book's inclusion of some of her husband's letters, smuggled out of Russia and Finland. They are valuable primary sources and are not found in other books and collections.