The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents.The routine of their hard impoverished life is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia.
For the Metanov family, for Leningrad and particularly for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On that fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young man named Alexander. The family suffers as Hitler’s army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winter closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn inexorably to each other, but theirs is a love that could tear Tatiana’s family apart, and at its heart lies a secret that could mean death to anyone who hears it.
Confronted on the one hand by Hitler’s vast war machine, and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.
5 out of 5 stars for The Bronze Horseman. I don’t even know what to say, reading this book was an actual journey and I feel like I’ve learned so much from it.
When I first began reading this book, I really didn’t know what to expect, this was my first historical romance so I was a little skeptical, I totally thought I would hate it but my-oh-my this book blew me away.
When I first began reading, I was instantly pulled in. I was a little put off by the insta-love thing but it was okay, this book pulled it off.
The relationship between Tatiana and Alexander though o.m.g it was so painful and amazing to read about but as these two grew as characters, it became something so intense and beautiful.
Tatiana’s character growth is unlike any I’ve ever read about before and it was because of what she had to deal with. Oh my gosh this girl went through so much, they both did. I can’t even imagine myself going through what these characters went through. No two people deserved to with each other more.
This book opened my eyes to so many things. I’ve always thought of Russia as this untouchable entity but this book gave me a small glimpse into its history and how much World War II affected the people of the Soviet Union.
I’m really sad to be done with this book, its kinda long, 800+ pages but it was worth the sleepless nights. Reading this book felt so much like a journey, from start to finish so much happened, it was such a roller coaster of emotions.
I know this book is the first in a trilogy, but the first book was so intense on its own that I’m afraid to pick up the next book in fear of what will happen to my precious characters, I’ve grown so attached Tatiana and Alexander. After all the war, death and destruction of the first book I’m really worried about what happens in the second.
So yeah, read this book if you haven’t because it is amazing. I learnt so much and felt so much and I recommend you pick it up like right now. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites.