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 ❤
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!
CHECK OUT THE NEXT IN THE SERIES TOO!!!
Book 2: Tatiana and Alexander
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Book 3: The Summer Garden
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