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The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana and Alexander, Bk 1)
The Bronze Horseman - Tatiana and Alexander, Bk 1 Author:Paullina Simons Leningrad, 1941: The European war seems far away in this city of fallen grandeur, where splendid palaces and stately boulevards speak of a different age, when the city was known as St. Petersburg. Now two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanov, live in a cramped apartment, sharing one room with their brother and parents. Such are the harsh realities... more » of Stalin's Russia, but when Hitler invades the country, the siege of its cities makes the previous severe conditions seem luxurious.
Against this backdrop of danger and uncertainty, Tatiana meets Alexander, an officer in the Red Army whose self-confidence sets him apart from most Russian men and helps to conceal a mysterious and troubled past.
Once the relentless winter and the German army's blockade take hold of the city, the Metanovs are forced into ever more desperate measures to survive. With bombs falling and food becoming scarce, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love that threatens to tear her family apart and reveal his dangerous secret -- a secret as destructive as the war itself. Caught between two deadly forces, the lovers find themselves swept up in a tide of history at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.« less
This book will be hard to beat. Have you ever read a book that was so good that you almost regret having read it because you know that no other book in the world will ever live up to it, and from now on you are doomed to a life of second class books? Well that is how I felt after reading this book. I finished it, put it on my bookshelf, looked at other books on my TBR pile, sighed with dissapointment at all of the choices (which had seemed so apealing a few days earlier), shrugged my shoulders, reached for The Bronze Horseman, and read it all over again. It is just that good. Blissful torture. Be warned: this book may be the book that ruins all other books for you.
This is one of my all time favorites. Great characters and very vivid descriptions of events in history from WWII. Be sure to read the follow up books "The Bridge to Holy Cross" and "The Summer Garden" They are all good.
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A very interesting and enjoyable read until about 3/4 through. Then the sex got a bit boring. I also felt...particularly toward the end that the dialogue was not really 40's dialogue. But all in all it was a good read.
Very good book and I enjoyed the time period and history. There were times I became frustrated with the pace and the main characters, which is what kept me from giving it 5 stars, but otherwise it is a solid read. Looking forward to starting the sequel.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful I thought this book was. The author swept me up in WWII Leningrad and I could feel, smell and taste along with the characters. After the first few pages I was hooked and immediately ordered the next 2 books in the trilogy.