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Bellagrand

byPaulina Simon

Paperback | March 31, 2014

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From Paullina Simons who brought you the unforgettable The Bronze Horseman comes the much-anticipated new novel.Never forget where you came from. At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston's Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his. The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away. As America races headlong into the future, much will be lost and much will be gained for Gina and Harry, whose ill-fated love story will break your heart.

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 lives in New York with her husband and children.
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Title:BellagrandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.5 inPublished:March 31, 2014Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from incomplete with unsympathic protagonists I had not read the Bronze Horseman Trilogy prior to picking up this book so I did not realize it was a prequel. It felt incomplete and hollow. Harry cares about only himself and Gina keeps pushing through a marriage that was simply not working to her and her son's detriment. The author has to find a way to get to how Alexander ended up in the Soviet Union but it's forced and unrealistic.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good not great A lot questions were unanswered within the trilogy, but Paullina Simons did a great job writing this prequel to fill in a few gaps. It's a good book, but compared to the triliogy, it's not as great.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting prequel to "The Bronze Horseman", this kept me interested from first to last page. The historical aspects of the USA in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were nicely woven into the story. It left me wanting to reread "The Bronze Horseman" to see exactly how Paullina Simons had woven the two books together.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never disappointed If you have read the bronze horseman trilogy then this book is a must read! By far my favourite author out there!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I was hooked from the first page. Could not put it down. Could not believe the amazing and maddening characters, the ability if the author to portray the complexities of the characters so well. I wanted to stop reading because I could not stand what this man was doing. Could not believe Gina. Was aghast at every page. And I could not stop reading because I had to get to the end and see how it ended....
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I was hooked from the first page. Could not put it down. Could not believe the amazing and maddening characters, the ability if the author to portray the complexities of the characters so well. I wanted to stop reading because I could not stand what this man was doing. Could not believe Gina. Was aghast at every page. And I could not stop reading because I had to get to the end and see how it ended....
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prequel to Bronze Horseman If you love Alexander and Tatiana you will read this
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prequel to Bronze Horseman This book is amazing the way it leads up to "The Bronze Horseman" just now waiting for "Lone Star' which I believe finally knit's the two together. Altogether a wonderful collection!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prequel to Bronze Horseman The Bronze Horseman, the epic love story of Alexander and Tatiana by Russian born, American author, Paullina Simons is my favourite teenage love story; the trilogy, one of my favourite series of all times. Paullina has a talent for beautiful prose and writing characters and stories in a way that makes you really FEEL for the people – yes, people, not characters, that’s how real the stories seem. And so in late 2012 when a prequel was released telling how Alexander Barrington’s parents, Harold and Gina (Jane), met and fell in love in Boston in the early 20th century the book could have been called Great Expectations, such was the antipation for this novel. I carved out a few days to read Children of Liberty and then afterwards I was in a total slump, not because I had a book hang-over but because I had a book blah. Despite the wonderful prose I could not feel the love between the main characters; I could not understand the attraction. ☹ So I picked up other books, continued with my own writing, while I waited and hoped that the next one would move me like her other breathtaking books. I’m pleased to say Bellagrand has – but not for the reasons you might expect. And even though this book did not make me fall in love with Gina and Harry, even though it did not break my heart over them it certainly made me FEEL – which for me is paramount – and what I felt most was the heartbreak of a lone sister. Esther. It was interesting how that came about. The story is largely told from Gina’s point of view, with only the briefest snippets from Alexander’s as bookends and just a sliver of Esther’s, but that was all it took. In a café in Casuarina, heavy tears coursed down my cheeks as I read her last agonising conversation with Alexander. If you have read The Bronze Horseman you will understand everything. If you have not, then I’m not sure how much you will enjoy this book. Earlier this week I spoke to a friend, also a TBH Fan, who was half way through Bellagrand. Her words: ‘Man it’s depressing. Does it get any better? I know they have to go through all this stuff to get to Russia but sheesh!’ She’s right. Even though the last few chapters build to an absorbing climax the book was not uplifting and, I admit, I like a happy ending, or at least an ending that has some degree of hope and promise implied. And I also like my antagonists to redeem themselves in someway. So although I didn’t love this book – I did love a lot of the minor characters and Gina too for most of the time. I hated her agreeing to go to Russia.Yet without that, there would be no Bronze Horseman.☹ Such a bind. Ultimately, I think Bellagrand made me love the TBH series and Alexander even more, because of his mother’s sacrifice. I’m glad he got to live the American dream, because for his rudderless mother it was tragically too short.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prequel to Bronze Horseman I really enjoyed this book. The Bronze Horseman is one of my favouirte books of all time, and though it is not ideal to read the series in the order that they have been released, as Bellagrand is a preqel, it still works. The characters are great, and worth reading how it all started . I love Paullina's writing style, all her books are well worth reading.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Prequel to Bronze Horseman Was disappointed by this book. I loved the bronze horseman trilogy but this was nowhere near as good. Dragged on with a thin plot and the characters were frustrating
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bellagrand Very well written, love the way she makes us feel about the characters. It leaves a bit for you to fill in for yourself before The Bronze Horseman but still really good.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bellagrand Very good. I love Paullina's books, all of them !
Date published: 2013-12-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for 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 discernible characters rather than ciphers" Victoria Moore, - Daily MailPraise for 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