REVIEW: The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana & Alexander 1) by Paullina Simons

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Romance/ Historical Fiction, Pages: 656, Level: Intermediate

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“Tatiana and Dasha Metanov are not just sisters, but close friends. They share a bed in the communal apartment where they live under Soviet rule in Leningrad, a city of lost grandeur where people now struggle in poverty along its once romantic streets. In the summer of 1941, war is the furthest thing from their minds. Then the horrifying announcement comes crackling over the radio: the German army has invaded. It is against this background that Tatiana falls in love with a Red Army officer, Alexander- the very same soldier who is the object of Tatiana’s beloved sister’s affection. As the relentless grip of winter closes in and the German army advances, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn into an impossible love that could tear Tatiana’s family apart. A love that could mean death to anyone who learns the secrets of Alexander’s past.”

Tatiana lives with her parents, grandparents, sister and brother in a two room section of a residential building in Soviet Russia. Hitler turns on Stalin, bringing the war to Russian land. Tatiana meets a handsome and charming Red Army soldier, only to discover her sister Dasha has been dating and is in love with him. Tatiana knows she must no longer think of Alexander that way. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done.

While The Bronze Horseman is primarily a love story, there is a lot more to it. Simons portrays life in a Leningrad under siege- rationing of food and supplies, the constant bombing, the crime, the hardships, etc. It also briefly touches on the paranoia under the Communist and Soviet governments.

The characters are developed extremely well and the story is phenomenal; Simons is an outstanding writer. There are also really hot sex scenes, which is always a plus. There really is not a lot more to say about this book, however the fact that I stayed up until 3:15 AM to read should be proof enough that I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Christina

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