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The Bronze Horseman  : Tatiana and Alexander Series: Book 1 - Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman

Tatiana and Alexander Series: Book 1

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Published: March 2001
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A magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the bestselling author of Tully, Red Leaves and Eleven Hours.

Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer when the sun hardly sets on the beautiful palaces and stately avenues that still speak of a different age, when the city was known as St Petersburg. The Metanov family live in a crowded apartment, the two sisters Daria and Tatiana sharing a bed, their parents and brother crowded in another room, their grandparents nearby. It's a hard life, but one with room enough for love and romance.

However, when Tatiana first sets eyes on Daria's boyfriend, Alexander, she knows immediately that for her, the path of love will never be easy, but rather, one of sacrifice and denial. Hitler's invasion of Russia spells war and, for Leningrad, siege, and their earlier existence seems luxurious in comparison with the terrible deprivations that the family suffers. As the grip of winter closes as relentlessly as the advancing German army, so Tatiana is forced into ever more desperate measures in order to survive - both physically and emotionally.

About the Author

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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  • Well written (7)
  • Interesting characters (6)
  • Original story (4)
  • Educational (3)

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    5.0

    Heart Wrenching From Start to Finish

    By Jorden

    from Albury

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    Pros

    • Captures Time And Place
    • Educational
    • Original Story
    • Well Written

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        Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

        This is probably my favourite book of all time and I do not say that lightly as I don't particularly like romance novels, I find them quite hard to read. I fell in love with the characters, the story and the setting from the first few pages and like other readers I re-read the trilogy every year and each time it gets better. A well written, heartfelt and honest story that will survive the ages. Do yourself a favour, buy this book, I guarantee you'll fall in love.

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        5.0

        Unputdownable <3

        By JA

        from Portland VIC AU

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        Pros

        • Breath Taking
        • Captures Time And Place
        • Interesting Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Well Written

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          Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

          I loved this book and became totally immersed in the characters and their lives. I could not put it down and was saddened when I got to the end but a glimmer of hope there are another 2 more books in the series and am anxiously awaiting there arrival.

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          4.0

          Great book - timeless romance

          By Sumac

          from Gold Coast, AU

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          Pros

          • Captures Time And Place
          • Great For Anyone
          • Interesting Characters
          • Well Written

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            Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

            Not being a romance reader, I was initially disappointed but was rapidly hooked in by this book.

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            5.0

            Buy this book!!

            By Rosie

            from Brisbane

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            • Captures Time And Place
            • Interesting Characters
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              Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

              I LOVE this book. I read the trilogy every year. Paulina Simons is a phenomenal writer. In recent years, I have bought the trilogy books as gifts and they are always well received. Do yourself a favour and lose yourself in Simons' works.

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              5.0

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              from Singleton NSW

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                Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

                I borrowed this book from a friend, it was excellent reading I was disappointed in the ending until I realised there was two more books to follow so I purchased the three of them for my collection

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                5.0

                GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD

                By VI

                from MELBOURNE

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                • Captures Time And Place
                • Easy To Understand
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                • Interesting Characters
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                    Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

                    THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LOVE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN
                    READ THE SEQUEL

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                    5.0

                    Greatest love/war story of all time.

                    By Reenie

                    from Sydney, AU

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                    • Breathtaking
                    • Captures Time And Place
                    • Easy To Understand
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                    • Great For Anyone
                    • Interesting Characters
                    • Original Story
                    • Page Turner
                    • Sexy
                    • Well Written

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                      Comments about The Bronze Horseman:

                      One of the greatest books I have ever read. Captured my heart within the first few pages. A definite must read!! Romance, action, a hint of humour - what more could you ask for? Once you pick it up, prepare to never set it down until you hit the last page.

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                      Leningrad, June, 1941. Germany invades Russia and the lives of the seven members of the Metanov family, living in a two-roomed apartment, change forever. Only the youngest, 17-year-old Tatiana, will survive the siege of the city. Along with having to endure the cold, hunger and illness, she is bearing a secret; the love between her and the boyfriend of her older sister, Daria. Meeting the soldier, Alexander, by chance in the street, their instant attraction for each other is concealed, at Tatiana's insistence. Only when Daria dies can their love be enjoyed, but even then, the lovers' survival depends on the secret of Alexander's family background never being revealed; a secret known only to themselves and to the jealous, unreliable fellow soldier, Dimitri. Simons was praised for her debut novel Tully in 1995 and for her subsequent books. At over 600 pages there might be a better, shorter novel buried somewhere inside this book but in spite of that, if you have room in your luggage for such a weighty tome, this will make a superior beach read. (Kirkus UK)

                      ISBN: 9780006513223
                      ISBN-10: 0006513220
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 656
                      Published: March 2001
                      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 4.0
                      Weight (kg): 0.45

                      Paullina Simons

                      Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

                      After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth that book was welcomed by readers all over the world.

                      She has since written Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander.) The Summer Garden and The Girl in Times Square. Many of Paullina's novels have reached international bestseller lists in countries including Australia and New Zealand.

                      Apart from her novels, Paullina has also written a cookbook, Tatiana's Table, which is a collection of recipes, short stories and recollections from her best selling trilogy of novels, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander) and The Summer Garden. Paullina's latest novel is Road To Paradise which is currently available in all reputable Australian and New Zealand book stores.

                      DOB & Place of Birth: 1963. Leningrad, Russia

                      Place of Residence: USA

                      Education: Attended Colleges in New York, Kansas and England. Graduated from Kansas University with a degree in political science

                      Previous Jobs: Financial Journalist, Writer for the Financial News Network

                      Career Aspirations: Always wanted to be a writer.

                      Marital Status: Married

                      Children: 4

                      Favourite Authors: John Steinbeck,E. M. Forster, Leo Tolstoy, PJ O'Rourke, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton.

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