The Bronze Horseman

Paperback | September 8, 2009

byPaullina Simons

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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 “<_st13a_street _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_address _w3a_st="on">Recalls Dr. Zhivago” (People Magazine), The Bronze Horseman is rich and vivid historical fiction at its finest.<_o3a_p>

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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 Wee...

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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...

Paullina Simons is an internationally bestselling author whose novels include Bellagrand andThe Bronze Horsemanwas born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she immigrated 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 wi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.33 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006185414X

ISBN - 13:9780061854149

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Story Ever! This has been my favourite book for over 10 years now. Paullina Simons did a fantastic job writing this series, and I have yet to find a story better than this one!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An instant love This was an instant love for me. From the beginning to the end I was totally captivated by the writting style and the story. Tatiana and Alexander are just some of the most real and beautiful characters I'be ever read from an historical fiction you can literally feel all that is happening to the as if it was happening to you. I totally recommend giving it a go, it's a great book an a great start to a trilogy!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is Amazing! This is my favourite book of all time. It made me go through every emotion. It was so beautifully written and the story was truly breath taking. Highly recommend the series.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book of All Time!!! This series is my absolute favourite. You can really connect with how the characters feel and this book takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. Absolutely love this book.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Beautiful I bought the whole Bronze Horseman series and I must say, The first book was absolutely beautifully written. I have never read a book with such detail that I felt like I was there with Tatiana the whole way. With love and loss, this book was a real tear jerker for me. I have read the other books to the series but this one takes the cake for being the more interesting and most beautifully written. I've recommended this book to everyone I know.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Romance! I have an insatiable appetite for historical romance. Epic love stories that usually take place during the war. There’s just something about overcoming difficult situations that make the romance even that much more remarkable — unforgettable. The passion is more intense. I’m convinced that the added danger elevates it to another level. The Bronze Horseman is a beast that I’ve been meaning to slay for years now. I’ve read so many glowing reviews about this book/series. Unfortunately, an eight-hundred-pager was something I could not afford – time wise. So for months after I got my Audible account, I’ve been checking to see if this book was available for download. Fast forward to now, and I’m sitting here afflicted with the worst case of book hangover. If you must know, the book is set in World War II Russia. The Germans are on the attack. We find a very young Tatiana on an errand to buy supplies to get them through a war that set the country in a panic. With her red dress and heeled sandals, she looked older than her barely 17 years of age. While waiting for her bus, she buys an ice cream ( creme brûlée). The imagery speaks of how carefree she is even with the news of a German invasion. She even forgets the list of things she needed to buy. There wasn’t any sense of urgency. While she was waiting for the bus, she notices a decorated soldier watching her every move. He’s handsome. He approaches her, then they talk a little. They get on the bus. They wait each other out. As if they’re playing chickens. Soon, the bus empties leaving her, the soldier, and the bus driver. It was such a unassuming meeting. Uneventful. But while all those were happening, I had a sense that something bad was going to happen right there and then. So I wait. And I wait. That pretty much sums up how I felt while reading this novel. I was kept in suspense, but most of the time, of my own making. I was always waiting for the bad things to happen, because – well, the book is about a Russian army officer who was harbouring a very dangerous secret, and there was one person who knew how to use this knowledge to his advantage. Also, because the book was about war, in a place that doesn’t prosper liberty to begin with. Tatiana and Alexander also has to keep their relationship under wraps, so as much as this book was about romance, my heart was going a mile a minute because I was kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. This book may look daunting at first, but I promise you that you will not be able to put it down. It will have you mesmerized from the first page until the very last. The ending may have destroyed a piece of my soul. But I take comfort in the fact that I have the next book in the series. It was everything I’ve expected and everything I didn’t. Paullina Simons spun a web so intrinsically crafted that a reader will not have no choice but to read upon bated breath.
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage. I can't believe how highly this book is rated! When I started reading this, I got about two pages in before I thought "oh, I didn't realize that this was a young adult book". Turns out, nope. It's not. The writing is just horrid. Unlikeable characters, repetitive, vapid drivel. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bronze Horseman This is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. It is a historical fiction set during WWII during the siege of Leningrad. The author nailed the historic accuracy of this time and place capturing the depressing nature of the siege. While being a historical fiction this novel also tells a wonderful and heartbreaking love story. I couldn't put it down and finding myself just having finished it I feel incredibly emotional. This is a story that I feel I will carry with me for a very long time.
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing! I bought this book based on the 5 star reviews. Honestly, I wasnt sure I wanted to read about a 17 year old girl as I tend to like to read about women in my own age group (30 - 40s)...but I am sooo glad I delved into this one! This is one of those stories that will stay with you for a long time. I will definitely be reading the two sequels to this one! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russia prior to WWII - thoroughly enjoyed! 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?
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book of All Time! This book is quite simply the best book I've ever read. Never in my life have I been so emotionally attached to 2 characters and been so immersed in a storyline. It is beautiful, memorable, hopeful, painful and funny. I read this book about 6 years ago and have gone back numerous times to re-read it (so much that the pages have ripped from the binding!). Once I finished this book I immediately ordered "Titiana and Alexander" from the UK because it was unavailable to order from Canada. About 3 years later, I realized there was a 3rd book ("The Summer Garden") and ordered it from the UK as well. I found this third book devastating to read. I had to stop reading for a few weeks because it actually upset me! I continued in order to finally put these characters to rest and have some closure. This may seem a little dramatic, but this is how fully the characters gripped me. For about a year I stopped reading fiction books, because I knew that no other book would compare to this series. So far, no other book has. Please read this book, you won't regret it!
Date published: 2011-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing One of the best books I have ever read. It is captivating and hard to put down. Everything about this book is just amazing. I am ordering the other 2 books in the series from the UK because they are unavailable in north america!!! You will not be disappointed! Get this book!!!
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love in War Torn Russia I came across this book at my local library quite by chance and found a gem! Written, by Paullina Simons, "The Bronze Horseman" takes place in Leningrad and the Soviet countryside during WWII. Do not be put off by the 809 pages; you will not want it to end, guaranteed. In "The Bronze Horseman", Simons sets the stage with vivid description of communal living, as well as the siege of Leningrad. Known as the Leningrad blockade, German soldiers surrounded the city preventing its people from receiving food, resulting in starvation and death. According to Wikipedia, this blockade left 4.5 million dead, one of the longest and most destructive in history. "The Bronze Horseman" is hard to categorize. It is mostly romance, but part tragedy, and part history, with some suspense thrown in. I believe everyone will take from it what they need to. For me, I was swept away with main characters, Tatiana and Alexander. They are both wonderfully and lovingly developed by Simons who took great care with her two heroes. Alexander, 22, is a first lieutenant in the Red Army who meets Tatiana, 17, at the start of the war. For them, it is seemingly doomed from the beginning. For one, Tatiana’s big sister, Dasha, has already met Alexander at a club. She claims him as her boyfriend, despite Alexander not sharing her feelings. Secondly, there is little privacy in communal Russia, so it is difficult to resolve even the simplest of issues. Also, with the war raging and food rations depleting, there are added hardships. Finally, Alexander harbours a secret that if discovered or revealed, will ruin him and anyone else who becomes close to him. I’m sure that a practiced critic or anyone looking for flaws will inevitably find some. I am neither of those. However, some may notice that secondary characters, notably Tatiana’s family, are not fully developed. But in the end, "The Bronze Horseman" is Tatiana and Alexander’s. Their survival and love during tragedy within their families, and within their country is truly touching. In sum, "The Bronze horseman" is an epic story that is entertaining, breathtaking, and finally heartbreaking. Admittedly, I even cried at the end, not knowing that this was the first of a trilogy. So, if you read this novel and need more, know that you can look forward to "Tatiana and Alexander" (called "The Bridge to Holy Cross" in Europe), and "The Summer Garden." These last two installments continue Tatiana’s and Alexander’s story and are no less riveting…Thankfully, they are long as well!
Date published: 2010-02-24

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?A love story both tender and fierce.? (Publisher's Weekly)