The Bronze Horseman
A magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the international bestselling author of TULLY and ROAD TO PARADISE
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|Library of Congress
||World War, 1939-1945, Campaigns, Russia (Federation), Fiction
Description of this Book
Set in Leningrad in 1941 against Hitler's invasion of Russia, this story tells of the impossible love between a Russian girl, Tatiana, and a young officer named Alexander. It is a love that could tear Tatiana's family apart and it carries a secret that could mean death for anyone who hears it.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Praise for Paullina Simons Tully 'Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next! Read it and weep -- literally' Company Tatiana and Alexander 'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair ! It also has -- thank goodness -- a welcome sense of humour and discernable characters rather than ciphers.' Victoria Moore, Daily Mail The Bronze Horseman 'Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre, while Tolstoy's War and Peace carries off the literary honours ! it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga ! She is able to make some powerful statements about the durability of the human spirit, but never at the expense of descriptive passages refulgent with power and beauty' Barry Forshaw, amazon
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Leningrad, June, 1941. Germany invades Russia and the lives of the seven members of the Metanov family, living in a two-roomed apartment, change forever. Only the youngest, 17-year-old Tatiana, will survive the siege of the city. Along with having to endure the cold, hunger and illness, she is bearing a secret; the love between her and the boyfriend of her older sister, Daria. Meeting the soldier, Alexander, by chance in the street, their instant attraction for each other is concealed, at Tatiana's insistence. Only when Daria dies can their love be enjoyed, but even then, the lovers' survival depends on the secret of Alexander's family background never being revealed; a secret known only to themselves and to the jealous, unreliable fellow soldier, Dimitri. Simons was praised for her debut novel Tully in 1995 and for her subsequent books. At over 600 pages there might be a better, shorter novel buried somewhere inside this book but in spite of that, if you have room in your luggage for such a weighty tome, this will make a superior beach read. (Kirkus UK)
||Another emotionally compelling tale that celebrates undying love as two young superheroes overcome bombing raids, starvation, and treacherous friends in Leningrad under siege by the Germans. As in so many other oversized books of its genre, the lovers here are at the mercy of a plot that strains credulity as it ratchets up the tensions and exploits the passions. When Alexander Belov and Tatiana meet in the summer of 1941, he's an officer in the Red Army, while she's a 17-year-old factory worker living in a crowded apartment with her elder sister Dasha, her twin brother Pasha, her parents and grandparents. Alexander is courting Dasha, but Tatiana and he are soon in love. It's a love they can't declare, however, because Alexander has a dangerous secret-and a dangerous friend. Alexander in fact is really an American who, as a child in the early 1930s, came to Russia with his idealistic parents. They soon soured on Communism, and, as the Trials began, were arrested. His mother was shot, his father died in prison, but not before Alexander persuaded classmate Dimitri, whose own father was a prison guard, to allow him to see Dad one last time. In return, Alexander promised to take Dimitri to America whenever they found an opportunity to escape to nearby Finland. But Dimitri, with more lives than a cat, is a bad guy and threatens throughout to betray Alexander whenever Alexander seems to be reneging on their plans. When the siege begins, Tatiana is badly wounded in a bombing attack. Recovered, she starts working at a hospital, and, though her family dies one by one as the food supplies dwindle and winter sets in, she survives. Somehow she escapes the city to enjoy a lovers' idyll with Alexander-only to return to face even graver threats. A page-turner in spite of its clunky and cliche-ridden self. (Kirkus Reviews)
Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She has worked as a financial journalist and translator. She lives near New York with her husband and four children. Visit her website, paullinasimons.com, for more information about her bestselling novels.