The Bronze Horseman by Paullina SimonsThe Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman

byPaullina Simons

Paperback | September 8, 2009

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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.

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...
Title:The Bronze HorsemanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.33 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorite Books I recently finished reading The Bronze Horseman, the first in a trilogy, by Paullina Simons for either the 3rd or 4th time (can’t exactly remember how many times I have read this book).  As you can tell, it is one of my top favourite reads. This book really boils down to being a love story set during World War II in Leningrad, Russia.  The day that Germany invades Russia, the main protagonist, Tatiana Metanov meets Alexander, an officer with the Russian army and while it may not have been love at first sight, there was definitely a strong connection between the two characters.  Tatiana was sent by her parents to buy as much food as she possibly could that day with the expectation that times would get difficult and food hard to find.  Tatiana, however, was quite young and a bit of a day dreamer and by the time she actually got around to getting to her task, all the food was gone.  Alexander literally saves her bacon by taking her to the army commissary and getting food for her and her family.  He walks her home that day as he is reluctant to let her go and wanted to spend more time with her.  When they walk into her parent’s apartment, however, her older sister, Dasha, looks at Alexander and asks him why he is there.  It turns out Alexander is Dasha’s boyfriend and so the story begins. Tatiana is determined that Dasha not be hurt by her and Alexander and so they try not to act upon their attraction and do everything they can to make it appear that they have no feelings for each other.  In the meantime, they inevitably fall in love. Tatiana is a character that reminds me very much of Katie Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind.  Many people over the years have disparaged Scarlett calling her self-centered and foolish.  While I agree that she did appear to be so before civil war broke out, she turned out to be the strongest character in the whole book.  If it wasn’t for her, her family would have lost everything.  Her sisters, her father and Ashley (who she thought was the love of her life) turned out to be the weakest of them all.  Her sisters were lazy and would not help her.  While her sisters sat in the house fanning themselves in the heat, Scarlett was in the fields planting and then picking the cotton.  They would have probably all starved if it wasn’t for Scarlett. I see some of that same strength in Tatiana.  She was the one that would go out to find food every day, and then would go to work for 12 or 14 hours and then would come home and have to listen to her parents and Dasha complain about everything while Tatiana would just quietly go about doing what needed to be done every day. I do realize that there are some issues with this love story in that at times Alexander does seem to be a bit over bearing and controlling, however, I can overlook some of these issues as the story sweeps me away each time with the detailed descriptions of what life was like during the blockade of Lengingrad. Out of the trilogy, The Bronze Horseman is my favorite and I once again I give it 5 stars on my Goodreads rating.  I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a slow burn love story.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was recommended to me, and being a fan of war-era literature, I was quick to pick it up. No regrets! I am now almost through the second book of the saga, and cannot wait to read the last of the trilogy. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Russian historical Wow. This book. I knew it had good reviews; that's why I bought it a few years ago. So why did it take me so long to pick it up?! Paulina Simons really has a way with words. I haven't felt my emotions this raw since Outlander. She writes WW2 era Russian winter so well that you could actually be there yourself. I'm so glad that I read this in the summer, or I might have literally frozen to death myself! Every emotion you can think of was on display in this book. Anger, love, delight, grief, fear, hate, relief...every single emotion. And not only did the characters feel them; I did too! Most of the book is just a dark, hopeful, depressing WAITING, then happiness, then dark, depressing sorrowful hope. Ugh. It's awful. It's brilliant. Tatiana is my new hero, after all that she's survived. She's ended up fooling us all with that inner strength of hers. If you decide to read this book, make sure you have some time on your hands because I had such a hard time putting it down. In fact, I so lost track of time a couple of nights ago that when I finally got sleepy and put it down I was shocked to find that it was FIVE a.m.!! I have never stayed up til five a.m. to read! Then 3 a.m. last night and 12:30 tonight. The last of the book has you on the edge of your seat, waiting, hoping, not sure what will happen but knowing that you absolutely cannot put the book down until you find out. And now that it's over, even though I feel like I need a break from all these emotions, with the way it was written, it doesn't leave you much choice but to pick up Book 2 to find out how it's all going to turn out. Ugh. I hate how this book makes me feel! I love it; go read it! After thinking about it, I felt the need to come back and make one thing clear. I was not infatuated with Alexander. There were so many times that I downright could not stand him and thought he was a jerk. The negative feelings I often felt in relation to him were often hard to take and I felt almost suffocated by them at times. What is most beautiful, for me, about this book is the growth we see in Tatiana. She was used by her family, used by most people around her, in fact. Her losses were great but her inner strength is inspiring. She has a servile, giving heart and she keeps quiet far too much but when she has had enough, watch out. My favourite parts were when she got up the nerve to tell people off. I LOVE her, and I love how the author brought the Russian culture to life for me.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something for everyone! I know this is technically a romance novel but there is so much more to it than that. I truly enjoyed reading about Tatiana and her family as they experienced the war. I remember so many more details than just her and Alexander's love... although it is a great love story. This series is amazing. I'm hooked. I hope they make a movie.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story If I could give this more than a 5 I certainly would. This is probably in my top 3 reads of life. This novel was so moving and beautiful. I enjoyed seeing it from the Russian perspective because in school all you really hear about is the Americans entering the war and what happened from there.. you don't really put yourself if the Russians or even the civilian Germans positions. It's so sad and heartbreaking. This book made me cry so many times.. happy tears, ugly tears, break your heart devastating tears. It was romantic, it was dark and broody.. it had moments of trying to bring light to the dark. Tatiana was a great female lead. She is smart and funny and so naive that you just love her to pieces. Alexander.. WOW...yummy... he's perfect. He's honest, he's open and kind.. he gives Tatiana his whole heart and nothing less. Their love is transcendent, and makes the reader believe that anything is possible. The death and destruction that is at the very core of this book is hard to read and hard to fathom. But this really happened to people and it's so sad. This book brought to life a part of time that I never saw from this point of view.. and I'm so happy that I now see this.. this book was brilliant and I will recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's just beautiful!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite!!! This series is the best trilogy that I have ever read. I absolutely fell in love with Tatiana and Alexander and found myself getting lost in the book in such a way that I was devastated when it ended. It is the type of series that I can read over and over again and have the same feelings as if I were reading it for the first time. Such a tragic and beautiful love story.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story! Heartbreaking and beautiful! Loved it so much!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Love This book is an incredible example of epic love. The Bronze Horseman has everything a good novel should! You'll be so engrossed in this story you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best collection so far! Keeps you wanting to read more about their lives..
Date published: 2017-01-01
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 Spellbound Loved the history along with the romance I felt I was there with Tatia and Shura living every moment
Date published: 2015-09-21
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 5 out of 5 by from Bronze Horseman I really enjoyed this book. The historical detail regarding Russia, Leningrad and World War 2 was very engaging. The love story theme has some rather unbelieveable moments but I still found myself looking forward to reading this novel every day. Recommend it highly!!
Date published: 2015-08-20
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 Epic journey Really loved this story. Set in WWII Russia it follows the journey of Tatiana a young Russian girl and Alexander an army officer. I love when a book manages to evoke so many emotions. It was intense, heartbreaking, frustrating at times, but it also had me hopeful and cheering.
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic journey This is an amazing novel. An epic love story. This story takes you on a journey with a young girl who goes through so many tragedies in her life, while falling in love with an ideal man's man.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story Now this is a love story I've never read before, with sensual love scenes that puts "Fifty Shades of Gray" to shame.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique love story Loved this book. Had to read the next one in the series to find out what happened. Would recommend it to others.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique love story 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 - great read!!!
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story Loved this book! Fascinating story of surviving the siege of Leningrad and a wonderful love story as well. Based on a true story.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story A very intriguing love story full of suspense and drama - couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story This is one of my favourite books, and I have recommended it to so many people. It will have you hooked from the start and I learnt a lot about WW2 and Russian history from this absolutely gripping and heart-breaking novel.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story Excellent Historical fiction and romance novel. Read all 3! Character development so indepth and knowledge of this era superb. When reading all 3 the speed and characteristics change from Russian literature to the all American literature. Truly marvelous.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story I so love the characters and the story, even after reading it 3 times.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story Absolutely fantastic book! I wasn't sure when I first started it, but 2 chapters in I was hooked. This book has it all: Action Suspense Love Hate I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story Without a single doubt in my mind do I say that The Bronze Horseman is the best book that I have ever read. The talented play between the undisputed facts of history and the desperately engaging twists and turns of Tatiana and Alexander's struggle is skilfully executed by Simons, resulting in a spellbinding novel that will captivate readers until the very last page. This novel has everything - facts and fiction, romance and tragedy, violence and peace, laughter and tears. Be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster that will change the way you regard the words 'historical fiction' forever.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique love story this is a love story so epic it rivals the other great love stories of our times. I have not read a story that made me cry, laugh, or cheer so much. This book is the first of a trilogy; books two and three did not disappoint.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bronze Horseman Loved this story when I read it about 10 years ago. Always wondered what happens next and if they meet again.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply breathtaking I couldn't put it down, it brought out so many emotions. I never wanted it to end. A must read.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Bronze Horseman What a great read! loved it.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bronze Horseman What a great read! loved it.
Date published: 2013-04-30
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

Editorial Reviews

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