The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman

A Novel

Book - 2009 | First Avon paperback edition.
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Called "a Russian Thorn Birds," The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is a sweeping saga of love and war that has been a monumental bestseller all over the world. The acclaimed author of Tully, Simons has written a stirring tale of devotion, passion, secrets, betray, and sacrifice. "A love story both tender and fierce" (Publishers Weekly ) that "Recalls Dr. Zhivago" (People Magazine), The Bronze Horseman is rich and vivid historical fiction at its finest.

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.

Publisher: New York : Avon A, [2009]
Edition: First Avon paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780061854149
Branch Call Number: FIC Simon
Characteristics: 810 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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kmosley2 Apr 08, 2016

This book needed a good editor.

beauty2005 May 15, 2014

tear jerker with a satisfying ending

triptophan Mar 31, 2014

I wouldn't recommend this romance because it is too long. The novel is over 800 pages and I was getting bored. The Bronze Horseman wasn't fast-paced. It was slow- moving like a turtle crossing the street on a one-way street. I found myself skipping pages to get to end because I was curious to see how the author ended the story. But, don't waste your time. This story is a complete drag.

hania4987 Mar 31, 2014

I am a little ambivalent about this book. The story begins on the day that Hitler turned on Stalin and millions of people were in the way. This story follows one family during the siege of Leningrad as you witness confusion, then splintering, then devastation. So far, it's good but not great.

chicobonbon Jul 11, 2013

One of my favourite books. I can't be sure how many times I've reread this book and each time I get caught up in the characters and the writing.

A beautiful love story set against the harsh backdrop of Leningrad under siege. Wonderfully written and compelling character development. This book left me with a book hangover for days. I needed to have more of Tatiana and Alexander and good thing--there were two more books!

May 14, 2013

This book was so hard to put down. Would highly recommend it if you like Romance Fiction set during historical periods (WW2)
This novel is a page turner, loved it!

Feb 11, 2013

Tatiana lives with her parents, grandparents, sister and brother in a two room section of a residential building in Soviet Russia. Hitler turns on Stalin, bringing the war to Russian land. Tatiana meets a handsome and charming Red Army soldier, only to discover her sister Dasha has been dating and is in love with him. Tatiana knows she must no longer think of Alexander that way. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done.

While The Bronze Horseman is primarily a love story, there is a lot more to it. Simons portrays life in a Leningrad under siege- rationing of food and supplies, the constant bombing, the crime, the hardships, etc. It also briefly touches on the paranoia under the Communist and Soviet governments.

The characters are developed extremely well and the story is phenomenal; Simons is an outstanding writer. There are also really hot sex scenes, which is always a plus. There really is not a lot more to say about this book, however the fact that I stayed up until 3:15 AM to read should be proof enough that I highly recommend this book.

Jan 14, 2013

It is a long read, but one of coming of age (and innocence) while you follow Tatiana and her life in Leningrad, Russia, just before WWII. Her family including her grandparents and twin her brother and her older sister, Dasha, living in small shared quarters together. While food supplies are dwindling and weather is harsh. The demands on the civilians even harsher. There is love, hate, loss and reunion, but forgiveness is hard or is it learning the truth even harder. Alexander, a Soviet soldier who meets Tatiana, but is involved with her older sister creates complicated relationships and sacrafices. Will they survive?

Dec 11, 2012

A definite page turner. Well written with great characters.

Sep 17, 2012

difficult to put down. wonderful story, beautifully written.

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