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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.

Topics: World War II, Family, Russia, Epic, Trilogy, First in a Series, Soviet Union, Love Triangle, Love Story, Joseph Stalin, Military, Sisters, Survival, Secrets, Coming of Age, Soldiers, Romantic, and Emotional

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The BEST book I have ever read!!more
An epic love story. One that I've read several times over and fall in love each time. more
Epic sweeping historical romance, couldn't put it down!more
This is going to be one of those reviews, so prepare yourself right now, okay? This is going to be a three star book review that reads like a rant of hatred, but, honestly, it's not. Every so often, there's a book you like, but that you have a lot of issues with, and you have to be up front about all of them. So, take this to heart: I did like The Bronze Horseman overall, despite my myriad issues.The Bronze Horseman and I were somewhat doomed from the start not to have as happy a relationship as hoped, sort of like Russia and communism. Basically, I looked at this gorgeous, highly recommended book, and I made a set of assumptions. Based on the size, I believed this would be a historical, an epic one, full of feels and delicious historical factoids. I was wrong, which isn't really the book's fault necessarily, but that still colored my enjoyment of it.Though historical fiction, The Bronze Horseman is first and foremost a romance novel. Now, I do not have anything against a good romance novel, but I really do not see the call for an 800 page romance novel. That just feels a mite excessive. A lot of readers are going to burn out along the way, I suspect. The first few hundred pages are romance, followed by some history, then a couple hundred pages of sexy times, and then more war-focused stuff. Readers here for historical will find the romance mind-numbing, and those just looking for sexy times will not appreciate the break to discuss starvation.Unsurprisingly, the bit in the middle where Alexander disappeared for a good chunk of time was my favorite. The romance took a back burner to a depiction of life in Leningrad during the Siege. Simons does a brilliant job portraying the hunger, the desperation, and the hopelessness of that experience. The realities of survival, and how most people didn't, are conveyed unflinchingly.Unfortunately, most of the book wasn't hard-hitting historical fiction: it was a romance that I just couldn't ship. From the beginning, I found Tatiana and Alexander's relationship off-putting, and I still haven't been able to forgive them for what assholes they were for so long. Now, I hope I can eventually so I can enjoy the next books in the series, but, for the moment, I'm very displeased with them.To explain why, I have to delve into some SPOILERS, so now's the time to look away if you don't want things spoiled.Tatiana and Alexander meet when she's just 17 and he's a soldier in the Red Army, several years older. The day they met, she was upset, unable to find food for her family on the day of the declaration of war, and comforting herself with creme brulee ice cream, when a soldier with eyes the color of her ice cream strikes up a conversation. His eye color already had me rolling my eyes with abandon, but it gets worse.Alexander does what any red-blooded (Soviet pun!) soldier would do for a pretty girl he's just seen licking a cone: takes her to buy food for her family from a special store for the military. Once she has what she needs, he escorts her home, only to discover that he has flirted with her sister Dasha in the past. Dasha, who likes to hang around with soldiers if you know what I mean ;), immediately latches onto Alexander, with whom she believes herself to be in love. He exits swiftly, feeling really awkward, and Dasha proceeds to tell Tatiana how perfect he is and Tatiana fails to mention her own attraction to him.Everyday, Alexander shows up to meet Tatiana after work and they fall in love. Meanwhile, whenever he visits her house, he pretends to like Dasha and even brings along his skeevy friend Dimitri for Tatania. To be fair, Alexander just wants to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, but Tatiana is unwilling to hurt Dasha's feelings. This charade goes on forever, and Alexander eventually proposes to Dasha. Head, meet brick wall.All this time, Alexander's hooking up with both sisters, and I basically want to murder all of them. To make things worse, Alexander and Tatiana never have to fucking come clean about the deception to anyone. Conveniently Tatiana's whole family dies except for her, with Dasha the last hold out. Gag me, okay. Ugh. No love triangle should ever be resolved by the death of one of the people in the love triangle. It's the coward's way out. Characters should have to face the consequences of their actions.Instead, Dasha dies and the two reunite and then have mind-blowing sex approximately fifty times a day for a month, until Alexander has to go back to work. While they're enjoying their honeymoon, he berates her for giving to much of herself to others and urges her to never leave his side. Of course, serving others is wrong, but she should do everything for her husband, because, you know, gender roles. Alexander is controlling, codependent, rude, and occasionally violent, not to mention a guy who would cheat on both his fiancee and his love for months. I can't root for that relationship. I just can't. Had I read this when I was a bit younger, perhaps when I was a teen, I would have been swept away by the romance and concern for the main characters, but now, as a jaded adult, I kept hoping for them to obtain comeuppance for their actions. The Bronze Horseman is a well-written romance in a historical setting, but do not come to it expecting to learn much about the Siege of Leningrad. This novel has more in common with Diana Gabaldon than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; that's not a bad thing, but was not what expected or wanted.more
This read in a very young adult kind of way for me and I'm not sure why. You definitely have an element of historical fiction rolled into a young romantic storyline.

Tatitana and Alexander are destined to be together. That's not really a spoiler, you can pretty much tell from the moment they lock eyes across a creme brulee ice cream. However, they couldn't have picked a worse time. Hitler has invaded the Soviet Union and everything about war - the rations, the starvation, the war, and death in general surrounds every bit of their life. Yet...you have to believe in that whole "destiny" thing, which you do.

Even though it's history, you DO find yourself sort of cheering for the young couple, no matter how many obstacles they face. Ridiculous number of obstacles, mind you. As a result, the suspension of disbelief is a little high. Likeable book - and for me, a pretty fast read, even with a boatload of pages.more
One of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read. These novels encompass history from the Russian Revolution and WWI all the way through the Vietnam war and into the 21st century. A powerful tale of romance, war, struggle, and triumph by one couple bound by war and tragedy.more
Tatiana is one of the most amazing characters EVER written. She is so strong, and selfless and the story Paullina Simons told inspired so many emotions. I have a ton of favorite books but this one is the one that I hold closest to my heart.more
I loved this book so much! I don't even know where to start with this review.... This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I laughed, cried, and screamed while reading it. It has consumed my life for days and I can honestly say it was so worth it. I am glad also this is a trilogy, I am not ready to be done with Alexander and Tatiana.more
I would have given it 4 stars but it was looong!more
Very long, but good! Will have to re-read for details.more
Whatever you're currently reading...just put it down and start this book immediately. It's so good--and I'm happy to say is the first book in a trilogy about Tatiana and Alexander. Such a powerful story set against the German invasion of Russia--specifically Leningrad. Can't say enough good things about this book--getting the second book in the trilogy started tonight.more
This series came highly recommended by several friends of mine. I love other epic historical romances like Outlander and The Tea Rose, so it was a safe bet I'd love these novels, too. And overall, I did. The Bronze Horseman is set in Russia during WWII, a setting with which I wasn't terribly familiar (I kept referencing Wikipedia to learn about the history). At the beginning of the novel, I found Tatiana very annoying. She's so innocent and naive; that eventually becomes endearing, but I was frustrated by some of her actions - instead of buying food for her family, she buys herself an ice cream. Once I thought of Tatiana as kind of like Scarlett O'Hara, I liked her more. Tatiana's and Alexander's romance is, well, very romantic. When they finally get together, there are plenty of very steamy scenes. Almost too many, actually. Honestly, how many times can one couple have sex?? I thought Alexander was a great character, ranking nearly as high as Jamie Fraser (from Outlander) for sex appeal. Recommended.more
This is the tale of an unlikely romance in Leningrad during World War II. Tatiana, a young Russian girl, meets Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army, and they fall in love immediately. Their relationship is complicated by Tatiana's family, Alexander's secrets, and the world crumbling around them. I haven't read much about the siege of Leningrad and I learned a lot. Tatiana and Alexander are well written; at times I would be annoyed with them because they were so human and had faults. The Bronze Horseman is a long book that wraps you in its world and releases you only reluctantly at its close.more
There are books that overwhelm your senses by the beauty and finesse of their language, and there are those that depend mostly on the plot (there are rare ones that do both, of course). This book is of the second variety. What I liked about it is an excellent plot, as well as historical evidence of astounding mistakes that Stalin made at the start of and throughout the Second World War. What I didn't care about is the quantity over quality (it's a large volume), repetitiveness, and the fact that almost every character except for the two main ones (who were idealized) carried a huge chip on their shoulders, some ugly trait. That said, the plot does carry the book, and I am looking forward to the sequel that just came out.more
I really liked this book. Many twists and turns. Russian novels have always been my favorite. The only criticism that I have is that when this young couple had an argument, Alexander's dialogue sounded more like a 21st century young adult rather than a 1940 Russian soldier. Overall, it was a great book. Waiting for the sequel to be delivered to my door via Amazon.more
The international bestseller, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons reenacts the horrors of the German World War II attack on Russia and the fates of star-crossed lovers.Take a Russian family of five living in one cramped, narrow room. Add an officer in the Red Army with a secret who seems to play between two devoted sisters. Dose heavily with Hitler’s blistering push into Leningrad. Set it in a cold winter with food rationing, bombings, depravation and desperation. Sprinkle liberally with steamy scenes of forbidden desire. Add a favored son lost in the war. Setting for a page-turning epic novel? Yes. Alexander and Tatiana are bonded not only by love, but by fidelity to Russia evidenced by their esteem of Pushkin’s poem, “The Bronze Horseman.” Their love story is engrossing. The addition of a secret in Alexander’s life adds an enticing twist. They dance around the fulfillment of a passion they deny themselves because of Tatiana’s loyalty toward her sister, Dasha, who is in love with Alexander.Prolific author Simons, born and raised in St. Petersburg, displays a great love and knowledge of her setting. There is immediacy to her writing and she delivers a rip tide epic that will delight lovers of this ilk. The reader is vividly transported into war torn Russia within twenty pages and the momentum builds quickly. You will become emotionally connected to the characters and keep turning pages to learn more of their fates.No novel is without its faults. The dialogue here, although fast paced, is often repetitious. The siege seems to overshadow the development of the main characters a bit. Many descriptions of potatoes, onions and other foodstuffs could have been cut. The love story seems drawn out unnecessarily. All in all The Bronze Horseman is a heartrending, compelling novel for a reader willing to sift through all the detail. For this reader, it was worth it.Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmontmore
A friend lent me this book and I had no preconceived ideas about it. I had previously read one Paullina Simons which I thought was pretty silly but tried this one anyway. I was captivated from the start. Its the sort of book that stays with you when you are not reading it and makes you ignore your family when you are. The historical aspect of the book was done in such a way as to really emphasize the human aspect of what went on, while not making the story mundane. It was beautifully written. Imagine my surprise when I found out there was more.....more
The Bronze Horseman is first and foremost a doomed love story set against the backdrop of the German invasion of Russia and the siege of Leningrad. Tatiana and Alexander fall in love, but can’t show their love to the world for many reasons. Tatiana’s older sister met him first and claims him for herself. Tatiana’s position as the lowest member in her family forces her to step aside and allow her sister to take over But, more importantly, Alexander has a secret, his true identity must not become known, unfortunately there is Dimitri, who knows the truth and doesn’t hesitate to threaten him with exposure if he declares his love for Tatiana. Dimitri claims Tatiana for himself, but really has another agenda he’s following.At first this book seems very long winded but suddenly, wow, all her character building and scene setting pays off and you realize what a fully fleshed book this is. Descriptions of a little girls’ hair falling out, or a young man whose body doesn’t have the strength to heal itself from a cut, brings home the gut-wrenching horror of slow starvation. There was little the Soviets could do to help this city as it was encircled, bombarded and besieged by the Germans. The Bronze Horseman is a book for both your senses and your emotions. Passionate and fearless, Alexander and Tatiana are very intense characters and their love brings out both their best and worst qualities. Seeing how over-possessive and protective Alexander could be, or how stubborn Tatiana could become, made them all the more real. But at the same time, these two totally completed each other.I can understand that this is not a book for everyone. People seem to either love or hate it, I come firmly down on the love side and I can’t wait to pick up the sequels. Paullina Simons has, in the past, been a hit and miss author for me, this time she really produced a hit.more
Wow, did these characters ever annoy me. I enjoyed the story, the blockade of Leningrad made the book impossible to put down, but Tania and Alex, well, I just wanted to slap them both upside the head. She has no faults, is not selfish in any way, shape, or form, even when she should be. I think that her eternal goodness just hurt some of those around her. Alex annoyed me for just going along with whatever she said, he might get mad about it, but still just did whatever she said (especially when it came to her sister). The only character I felt passionately about was Dmitri, just because he was so clearly the bad guy, it was very easy to dislike him. The best part of the book was when it went from Hogan's Heroes to The Blue Lagoon. After Tania escapes from Leningrad and Alex finds her, there is a period of idyll. It is like a fantasy in this war torn country. It was romantic but there was the dark cloud hovering overhead because you knew it was going to end.The whole book was predictable. I called the ending well before it happened, but still read it. This was for my book club, if it hadn't been, I would have put it down. Not because the story was bad, but the characters were so annoying.more
A fantastically woven love story mixed in history. I spent the whole book hoping that everything would just get out of their way. The book was long in parts but I don't think the story would have been what it was without asking the reader to be so patient... again and again.more
This book was incredible! I could not put it down. From start to finish you are completely enthralled in the life and drama Tatiana and Alexander are living together and apart from each other. One of my favorite books of all time. Filled with romance, war, and heartache. I find it so difficult to love the leading ladies in any book but Simons showed me a character I will never forget. The leading man ain't too bad himself ;) Handsdown worthy of several reads. The sequels are quite different though. You can never get this story back once it is over. Read it!more
This was such a good book. I felt like I was in their life. I dreamed about their life. I can't wait to read the next book. Tatiana and Alexander.more
I LOVED this book. It was the best book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down. It was a great story about russia in world war two and a girl that just wouldn't give up. It will stick in my mind for a long while. I loved the way it was written. I can't wait to get this book for my library and read it again.more
 The Bronze Horseman was so much more than just a love story. This book was historical fiction at its finest. It completely transports you into Stalin's Soviet Union during the period of Hitler's invasion in a gripping tale of love and loss which is unforgettable. The characters are so well drawn and the descriptions so vivid it will bring you to tears. Fantastic!more
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The BEST book I have ever read!!more
An epic love story. One that I've read several times over and fall in love each time. more
Epic sweeping historical romance, couldn't put it down!more
This is going to be one of those reviews, so prepare yourself right now, okay? This is going to be a three star book review that reads like a rant of hatred, but, honestly, it's not. Every so often, there's a book you like, but that you have a lot of issues with, and you have to be up front about all of them. So, take this to heart: I did like The Bronze Horseman overall, despite my myriad issues.The Bronze Horseman and I were somewhat doomed from the start not to have as happy a relationship as hoped, sort of like Russia and communism. Basically, I looked at this gorgeous, highly recommended book, and I made a set of assumptions. Based on the size, I believed this would be a historical, an epic one, full of feels and delicious historical factoids. I was wrong, which isn't really the book's fault necessarily, but that still colored my enjoyment of it.Though historical fiction, The Bronze Horseman is first and foremost a romance novel. Now, I do not have anything against a good romance novel, but I really do not see the call for an 800 page romance novel. That just feels a mite excessive. A lot of readers are going to burn out along the way, I suspect. The first few hundred pages are romance, followed by some history, then a couple hundred pages of sexy times, and then more war-focused stuff. Readers here for historical will find the romance mind-numbing, and those just looking for sexy times will not appreciate the break to discuss starvation.Unsurprisingly, the bit in the middle where Alexander disappeared for a good chunk of time was my favorite. The romance took a back burner to a depiction of life in Leningrad during the Siege. Simons does a brilliant job portraying the hunger, the desperation, and the hopelessness of that experience. The realities of survival, and how most people didn't, are conveyed unflinchingly.Unfortunately, most of the book wasn't hard-hitting historical fiction: it was a romance that I just couldn't ship. From the beginning, I found Tatiana and Alexander's relationship off-putting, and I still haven't been able to forgive them for what assholes they were for so long. Now, I hope I can eventually so I can enjoy the next books in the series, but, for the moment, I'm very displeased with them.To explain why, I have to delve into some SPOILERS, so now's the time to look away if you don't want things spoiled.Tatiana and Alexander meet when she's just 17 and he's a soldier in the Red Army, several years older. The day they met, she was upset, unable to find food for her family on the day of the declaration of war, and comforting herself with creme brulee ice cream, when a soldier with eyes the color of her ice cream strikes up a conversation. His eye color already had me rolling my eyes with abandon, but it gets worse.Alexander does what any red-blooded (Soviet pun!) soldier would do for a pretty girl he's just seen licking a cone: takes her to buy food for her family from a special store for the military. Once she has what she needs, he escorts her home, only to discover that he has flirted with her sister Dasha in the past. Dasha, who likes to hang around with soldiers if you know what I mean ;), immediately latches onto Alexander, with whom she believes herself to be in love. He exits swiftly, feeling really awkward, and Dasha proceeds to tell Tatiana how perfect he is and Tatiana fails to mention her own attraction to him.Everyday, Alexander shows up to meet Tatiana after work and they fall in love. Meanwhile, whenever he visits her house, he pretends to like Dasha and even brings along his skeevy friend Dimitri for Tatania. To be fair, Alexander just wants to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, but Tatiana is unwilling to hurt Dasha's feelings. This charade goes on forever, and Alexander eventually proposes to Dasha. Head, meet brick wall.All this time, Alexander's hooking up with both sisters, and I basically want to murder all of them. To make things worse, Alexander and Tatiana never have to fucking come clean about the deception to anyone. Conveniently Tatiana's whole family dies except for her, with Dasha the last hold out. Gag me, okay. Ugh. No love triangle should ever be resolved by the death of one of the people in the love triangle. It's the coward's way out. Characters should have to face the consequences of their actions.Instead, Dasha dies and the two reunite and then have mind-blowing sex approximately fifty times a day for a month, until Alexander has to go back to work. While they're enjoying their honeymoon, he berates her for giving to much of herself to others and urges her to never leave his side. Of course, serving others is wrong, but she should do everything for her husband, because, you know, gender roles. Alexander is controlling, codependent, rude, and occasionally violent, not to mention a guy who would cheat on both his fiancee and his love for months. I can't root for that relationship. I just can't. Had I read this when I was a bit younger, perhaps when I was a teen, I would have been swept away by the romance and concern for the main characters, but now, as a jaded adult, I kept hoping for them to obtain comeuppance for their actions. The Bronze Horseman is a well-written romance in a historical setting, but do not come to it expecting to learn much about the Siege of Leningrad. This novel has more in common with Diana Gabaldon than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; that's not a bad thing, but was not what expected or wanted.more
This read in a very young adult kind of way for me and I'm not sure why. You definitely have an element of historical fiction rolled into a young romantic storyline.

Tatitana and Alexander are destined to be together. That's not really a spoiler, you can pretty much tell from the moment they lock eyes across a creme brulee ice cream. However, they couldn't have picked a worse time. Hitler has invaded the Soviet Union and everything about war - the rations, the starvation, the war, and death in general surrounds every bit of their life. Yet...you have to believe in that whole "destiny" thing, which you do.

Even though it's history, you DO find yourself sort of cheering for the young couple, no matter how many obstacles they face. Ridiculous number of obstacles, mind you. As a result, the suspension of disbelief is a little high. Likeable book - and for me, a pretty fast read, even with a boatload of pages.more
One of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read. These novels encompass history from the Russian Revolution and WWI all the way through the Vietnam war and into the 21st century. A powerful tale of romance, war, struggle, and triumph by one couple bound by war and tragedy.more
Tatiana is one of the most amazing characters EVER written. She is so strong, and selfless and the story Paullina Simons told inspired so many emotions. I have a ton of favorite books but this one is the one that I hold closest to my heart.more
I loved this book so much! I don't even know where to start with this review.... This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I laughed, cried, and screamed while reading it. It has consumed my life for days and I can honestly say it was so worth it. I am glad also this is a trilogy, I am not ready to be done with Alexander and Tatiana.more
I would have given it 4 stars but it was looong!more
Very long, but good! Will have to re-read for details.more
Whatever you're currently reading...just put it down and start this book immediately. It's so good--and I'm happy to say is the first book in a trilogy about Tatiana and Alexander. Such a powerful story set against the German invasion of Russia--specifically Leningrad. Can't say enough good things about this book--getting the second book in the trilogy started tonight.more
This series came highly recommended by several friends of mine. I love other epic historical romances like Outlander and The Tea Rose, so it was a safe bet I'd love these novels, too. And overall, I did. The Bronze Horseman is set in Russia during WWII, a setting with which I wasn't terribly familiar (I kept referencing Wikipedia to learn about the history). At the beginning of the novel, I found Tatiana very annoying. She's so innocent and naive; that eventually becomes endearing, but I was frustrated by some of her actions - instead of buying food for her family, she buys herself an ice cream. Once I thought of Tatiana as kind of like Scarlett O'Hara, I liked her more. Tatiana's and Alexander's romance is, well, very romantic. When they finally get together, there are plenty of very steamy scenes. Almost too many, actually. Honestly, how many times can one couple have sex?? I thought Alexander was a great character, ranking nearly as high as Jamie Fraser (from Outlander) for sex appeal. Recommended.more
This is the tale of an unlikely romance in Leningrad during World War II. Tatiana, a young Russian girl, meets Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army, and they fall in love immediately. Their relationship is complicated by Tatiana's family, Alexander's secrets, and the world crumbling around them. I haven't read much about the siege of Leningrad and I learned a lot. Tatiana and Alexander are well written; at times I would be annoyed with them because they were so human and had faults. The Bronze Horseman is a long book that wraps you in its world and releases you only reluctantly at its close.more
There are books that overwhelm your senses by the beauty and finesse of their language, and there are those that depend mostly on the plot (there are rare ones that do both, of course). This book is of the second variety. What I liked about it is an excellent plot, as well as historical evidence of astounding mistakes that Stalin made at the start of and throughout the Second World War. What I didn't care about is the quantity over quality (it's a large volume), repetitiveness, and the fact that almost every character except for the two main ones (who were idealized) carried a huge chip on their shoulders, some ugly trait. That said, the plot does carry the book, and I am looking forward to the sequel that just came out.more
I really liked this book. Many twists and turns. Russian novels have always been my favorite. The only criticism that I have is that when this young couple had an argument, Alexander's dialogue sounded more like a 21st century young adult rather than a 1940 Russian soldier. Overall, it was a great book. Waiting for the sequel to be delivered to my door via Amazon.more
The international bestseller, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons reenacts the horrors of the German World War II attack on Russia and the fates of star-crossed lovers.Take a Russian family of five living in one cramped, narrow room. Add an officer in the Red Army with a secret who seems to play between two devoted sisters. Dose heavily with Hitler’s blistering push into Leningrad. Set it in a cold winter with food rationing, bombings, depravation and desperation. Sprinkle liberally with steamy scenes of forbidden desire. Add a favored son lost in the war. Setting for a page-turning epic novel? Yes. Alexander and Tatiana are bonded not only by love, but by fidelity to Russia evidenced by their esteem of Pushkin’s poem, “The Bronze Horseman.” Their love story is engrossing. The addition of a secret in Alexander’s life adds an enticing twist. They dance around the fulfillment of a passion they deny themselves because of Tatiana’s loyalty toward her sister, Dasha, who is in love with Alexander.Prolific author Simons, born and raised in St. Petersburg, displays a great love and knowledge of her setting. There is immediacy to her writing and she delivers a rip tide epic that will delight lovers of this ilk. The reader is vividly transported into war torn Russia within twenty pages and the momentum builds quickly. You will become emotionally connected to the characters and keep turning pages to learn more of their fates.No novel is without its faults. The dialogue here, although fast paced, is often repetitious. The siege seems to overshadow the development of the main characters a bit. Many descriptions of potatoes, onions and other foodstuffs could have been cut. The love story seems drawn out unnecessarily. All in all The Bronze Horseman is a heartrending, compelling novel for a reader willing to sift through all the detail. For this reader, it was worth it.Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmontmore
A friend lent me this book and I had no preconceived ideas about it. I had previously read one Paullina Simons which I thought was pretty silly but tried this one anyway. I was captivated from the start. Its the sort of book that stays with you when you are not reading it and makes you ignore your family when you are. The historical aspect of the book was done in such a way as to really emphasize the human aspect of what went on, while not making the story mundane. It was beautifully written. Imagine my surprise when I found out there was more.....more
The Bronze Horseman is first and foremost a doomed love story set against the backdrop of the German invasion of Russia and the siege of Leningrad. Tatiana and Alexander fall in love, but can’t show their love to the world for many reasons. Tatiana’s older sister met him first and claims him for herself. Tatiana’s position as the lowest member in her family forces her to step aside and allow her sister to take over But, more importantly, Alexander has a secret, his true identity must not become known, unfortunately there is Dimitri, who knows the truth and doesn’t hesitate to threaten him with exposure if he declares his love for Tatiana. Dimitri claims Tatiana for himself, but really has another agenda he’s following.At first this book seems very long winded but suddenly, wow, all her character building and scene setting pays off and you realize what a fully fleshed book this is. Descriptions of a little girls’ hair falling out, or a young man whose body doesn’t have the strength to heal itself from a cut, brings home the gut-wrenching horror of slow starvation. There was little the Soviets could do to help this city as it was encircled, bombarded and besieged by the Germans. The Bronze Horseman is a book for both your senses and your emotions. Passionate and fearless, Alexander and Tatiana are very intense characters and their love brings out both their best and worst qualities. Seeing how over-possessive and protective Alexander could be, or how stubborn Tatiana could become, made them all the more real. But at the same time, these two totally completed each other.I can understand that this is not a book for everyone. People seem to either love or hate it, I come firmly down on the love side and I can’t wait to pick up the sequels. Paullina Simons has, in the past, been a hit and miss author for me, this time she really produced a hit.more
Wow, did these characters ever annoy me. I enjoyed the story, the blockade of Leningrad made the book impossible to put down, but Tania and Alex, well, I just wanted to slap them both upside the head. She has no faults, is not selfish in any way, shape, or form, even when she should be. I think that her eternal goodness just hurt some of those around her. Alex annoyed me for just going along with whatever she said, he might get mad about it, but still just did whatever she said (especially when it came to her sister). The only character I felt passionately about was Dmitri, just because he was so clearly the bad guy, it was very easy to dislike him. The best part of the book was when it went from Hogan's Heroes to The Blue Lagoon. After Tania escapes from Leningrad and Alex finds her, there is a period of idyll. It is like a fantasy in this war torn country. It was romantic but there was the dark cloud hovering overhead because you knew it was going to end.The whole book was predictable. I called the ending well before it happened, but still read it. This was for my book club, if it hadn't been, I would have put it down. Not because the story was bad, but the characters were so annoying.more
A fantastically woven love story mixed in history. I spent the whole book hoping that everything would just get out of their way. The book was long in parts but I don't think the story would have been what it was without asking the reader to be so patient... again and again.more
This book was incredible! I could not put it down. From start to finish you are completely enthralled in the life and drama Tatiana and Alexander are living together and apart from each other. One of my favorite books of all time. Filled with romance, war, and heartache. I find it so difficult to love the leading ladies in any book but Simons showed me a character I will never forget. The leading man ain't too bad himself ;) Handsdown worthy of several reads. The sequels are quite different though. You can never get this story back once it is over. Read it!more
This was such a good book. I felt like I was in their life. I dreamed about their life. I can't wait to read the next book. Tatiana and Alexander.more
I LOVED this book. It was the best book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down. It was a great story about russia in world war two and a girl that just wouldn't give up. It will stick in my mind for a long while. I loved the way it was written. I can't wait to get this book for my library and read it again.more
 The Bronze Horseman was so much more than just a love story. This book was historical fiction at its finest. It completely transports you into Stalin's Soviet Union during the period of Hitler's invasion in a gripping tale of love and loss which is unforgettable. The characters are so well drawn and the descriptions so vivid it will bring you to tears. Fantastic!more
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