5 – “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons

I’m not sure if there are words to describe how wonderful this book is.  Before I begin, here’s the book summary from Goodreads.com.

“From the author of the international bestseller Tullycomes an epic tale of passion, betrayal, and survival in World War II Russia. 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 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.

Mesmerizing from the very first page to the final, breathtaking end, The Bronze Horseman brings alive the story of two indomitable, heroic spirits and their great love that triumphs over the devastation of a country at war.”

I think that summary best sums it up and yet doesn’t come close to the heartbreakingly amazing story that it is.  Not only will the story pull you in almost immediately, but Simons writing is just fantastic.  I couldn’t help but love Tatiana and feel her love and frustrations throughout the story.  I fell in love with Alexander just like Tatiana.  You can’t help but love these two and feel for them and all that they go through.  It has been some time since I’ve been so attached to a book and its characters.  This book will become a part of you.  I feel like I could write forever about how wonderful it is…but it would never do it justice.  I’m so looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy, Tatiana and Alexander and The Summer Garden.

I would absolutely recommend this book to any and everyone.  I loved it so much.

Up Next: I haven’t decided if I will delve into His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis yet or if I’ll go with another pick for my book club, A Thousand Peaceful Cities by Jerzy Pilch.  We’ll see.

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