REVIEW: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Title: The Bronze Horseman (find it on GOODREADS 🙂 & BUY it @ Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble)

Author: Paullina Simons

Release Date: April 2001

Series: The Bronze Horseman Series

Book 2: Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2)

Book 3: The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman #3)

Genre: Historical Romance ❤

Synopsis:

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad..

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana–and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects–a secret as devastating as the war itself–as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

MY FEELINGS!! 🙂

The Bronze Horseman was seriously one of more epic and REAL stories I’ve read. First off, it’s historical fiction. In RUSSIA. During the WAR. I mean, how much more dire can that get? That being said, this book gave me hope. Tania and Alexander’s story gave me hope of survival and hope for success. The way they never gave up on each other was priceless, and I only wish that I will someday experience that kind of relationship with someone 😉

What I LOVED about this book? That Tania and Alexander made it whole, TOGETHER. They made the story into the epic romance that it is. BUT..YEP…there’s totally a love triangle, which basically made me go:

This entire story was around that epic love triangle. Dasha (aka Tania’s sister)…Tania….Alexander. *sigh* drama overload. BUT, it was the best kind of drama. I was basically grinning like a 5 year old every time Alexander and Tania were together, and then Dasha would enter and I would frown like my candy was being taking away from me (and I am a total sugar freak).

The thing was, though, I had faith that everything would work out for those two, although it was a little more gruesome than I wanted it to be :/ BUT let’s talk about TANIA shall we? I absolutely LOVED watching her constantly grow in this book. Her growth throughout the book and her determination kept me reading, with hope, tears, laughs, and a whole lot of slapping my bed in despair (:  At the beginning of the book, she really was a child. She yearned for ice cream, and was controlled by her family. But as the book goes on, she really begins to grow into her womanly self. She gains the confidence and courage that makes her a ridiculously strong character, but at the same time, she retains her selfless and slightly naive character, which just made me even more (most of the time 😉 ) Tania was seriously one of the purest heroines I’ve read about. Her love for Alexander was so unrelenting and their love story was one to last through the war. FOR SURE. *soaring heart*

AND ALEXANDER. oh my…that is what I call a BADASS MAN. What I loved most about him was his willingness to give Tania his strength, and his ever-present support and the constant affection. yup. i totally wanted me some alexander.. he made go like this:

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME 🙂

Honestly, though, I think the fact that made this book such a emotional roller coaster, and an AMAZING one at that, was that the main characters really lived off of each other. I mean, the way Alexander stood up for Tania while her family was basically taking all her food, and how he never gave up on looking for her… And Tania: her innate kindness really made her love her. Yeah, of course I got frustrated sometimes because she was just so darn selfless. I mean, I was completely like TAKE HIM FOR YOURSELF at some points of the books. At times, though, *SIGH*. There were seriously hard times, but the fact that both of them stayed alive gave me hope, for them and for their life together 🙂 How sappy..but I mean, this book made me that way 😉 Reunions, losses, hope-filled weeks, torturous waiting..everything you could ever imagine feeling, I felt in this book!

For six weeks Tatiana had been going to get her family’s rations, and it had never entered her head to eat the bread five people were waiting for.

And through it all Tatiana was STAR-ving

And through it all she missed Alexander.

Again, a love story to last the ages. BUT BEWARE THE ENDING. 😉 sorry…can’t say anything else (no spoilers here..but it was brutal..oh well…there’s always the second book 😀 ) SERIOUSLY, guys, this is one of the best historical romances I’ve read. It was real, believable, yet the emotional ride that every fantasy should be…READ IT. and fall in love with their characters like I did.

5 beautiful butterflies to this wonderfully epic read!

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CHECK OUT THE NEXT IN THE SERIES TOO!!!

Book 2: Tatiana and Alexander 

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Synopsis:

Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again

Add it on Goodreads!!! 🙂

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Book 3: The Summer Garden

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Synopsis:

TThe epic and monumental love story Paullina Simons began with her adored international bestseller The Bronze Horseman comes to a breathtaking conclusion. The Summer Garden is the third volume in Simons’s magnificent trilogy—a Russian Thorn Birds—which follows a love that survived the terrible siege of Leningrad during World War Two, a heartbreaking separation and a glorious reunion in America, only to be supremely tested by the hatred, fear, and uncertainty of the Cold War. You will never forget the lovers Tatiana and Alexander and their story of enduring love and commitment, and you will cherish every moment spent in The Summer Garden.

Add it on Goodreads! 🙂

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