Friday, March 8, 2019

My Review of A Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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.

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My Review
4 Stars

Well I can't believe I finally finished this book. It's the longest book I have ever read and I can't believe I have two more to go.
To be honest this book started out a little slow for me, I found it a little wordy but a lot of my book friends (who I completely trust when it comes to books) really loved this. It's been on my radar for a while and I know book lovers in general love this book. So I knew I had to give it a real shot. Once I broke through I was really able to enjoy this story.
Paullina Simons really had me guessing as to what would happen in this book. I had so many different thoughts and different conspiracy theories throughout reading this. Ultimately, it really is a beautiful love story. I loved Alexander from the start and really felt for him and Tatiana as they were really put in such a difficult situation.
At first I liked Tatiana's sister Dasha and I understand that the Russian way of life was different than American life was back then so I gave her a few passes. Having said that towards the end I really couldn't stand her and don't get me started on Dimitri and how manipulative that man was. I have to say that although a hero is usually viewed as the male main character of the book, Tatiana was the true hero here. I mean what she went through in general not to mention what she sacrificed. She literally sacrificed her emotional, mental, and physical well being at times, and lets not forget her own happiness, because she loved Alexander that much. For such a naive and sheltered 17 year old, when it came down to it she showed everybody what she was made of. She is one of the most selfless characters I have every read and I just adore her.
This really is a story about destiny/fate and true love. What these two did for one another was just beautiful.
"Shura, how can we have such a closeness? How can we have such a connection? Right from the start."
"We don't have a closeness."
"No We don't have a connection."
"No. We have communion."

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