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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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  • Interesting characters (5)
  • Well written (5)
  • Great for anyone (3)
  • Original story (3)

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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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      Pros

      • Captures Time And Place
      • Interesting Characters
      • Original Story
      • Well Written

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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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        By CJ

        from Singleton NSW

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        Pros

        • Captures Time And Place
        • Interesting Characters
        • Well Written

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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

          Pros

          • Captures Time And Place
          • Easy To Understand
          • Educational
          • Great For Anyone
          • Interesting Characters
          • Original Story
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              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
              • Educational
              • 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
                Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 4.4
                Weight (kg): 0.45