To try and soothe your worries…. I mentioned epic already, right?? A lot of readers ask me how steamy the books are. They are Adult level romance steam for sure — but the story has to build to the heat. This is a happy ending story. Third book ends with them in their 80s literally having spent their whole lives together. So they have a HEA. What are other readers saying?? Immediately went into book 2… much to my husbands displeasure. I think it was the tears.
Honestly will not be the same after this story. Every person with half a brain and the ability to read should be required to read this book. Author Paullina Simons posted this: Getaway Pictures is a multi-national production based in Berlin specializing in well-made films with international flavor. What do you hope for? But most important — ask: I know who I am, she thought, taking his hand… I am Tatiana. Oh…and do expect me to Private message you if I have questions!!! All joking aside, you know that I love your blog and the books that you suggest; so thank you for helping me find good books to read!
These books changed my book life. Seriously, the whole week I read these, I was just a wreck in a good way. Not sad tears, just super super emotional tears. I LOVE this series — the characters were amazing and its something that stays with you for a long time…. Okay so I am convinced that I will have to give this series a try, especially since you said no books could compare! You have my attention and the books have been added to my To Read list! Thanks for sharing your series favorite!
All I know is Tatiana and Alexander are a match made in heaven. So inspiring and intense. I flipped through these books like they were nothing. Absolutely compelling and heart-stoppingly sad yet beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to THE most amazing Trilogy ever written. I am almost done with Summer Garden. There are so many emotions that you go through reading these books. I will need other readers of these series therapy when I get done in the next day or so….
I am so glad that someone else loves this trilogy as much as I do!! I have read them all several times!! I am so glad I took your recommendation and read these books!!! I think I have fallen as deeply in love with Tatiana and Alexander as you have! I used to think that Mr. Such beautiful books and I recommend them to everyone!!! Thank you for guiding me to these books!!! I was gifted The Bronze Horseman when I was leaving a workplace aged 20, now 13 years later and I am still as in love with Tatiana and Alexander as I was the first moment I got swept away by their story.
Simply amazing, beautiful… the best books I have ever read. One day I will get them signed. Have tried and tried but no luckyet. My grandmother gave me the first book when I was 16 years old — 12 years later I have read the series over 20 times. I will be re-reading these soon I know. And I too am convinced that they were real, how can they not be I felt everything in those books. I loved these books! Heartbreaking and soul-crushing but so worth it. Second favorite series behind the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon for me.
I have seen so many people say they love it but put it off because of the whole historical thing. You have eased my worries! Off to buy it now! You'll never forget this story.
The Bronze Horseman has ratings and reviews. This is book one of a phenomenal trilogy, of which I promise, you will be scrambling to read all. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Set in her native St. Petersburg, Russia, Simons's Book 1 of 3 in The Bronze Horseman Trilogy (3 Book Series) .
What do you hope for? But most important — ask: And I believe in, and hope for, and love Alexander for life. This book was wonderful, intense, and quite frankly exhausting. It truly was a ride. It This book was wonderful, intense, and quite frankly exhausting. It's pretty dang creep sketch. Kept it at 2 stars because the Russian war setting is still done well.
View all 26 comments. I'm really quite confused. This book came very highly recommended. I picked it, along with a few others, from Goodreads' top romance novels. It has been recommended to me many times over the years, from people on Goodreads and from those I know in "real life". And it has an average rating of 4.
Simons takes some steps towards goodness, but then it is ruin I'm really quite confused. Simons takes some steps towards goodness, but then it is ruined by the prolonged, tedious nature of everything that happens. For example, Tatiana and Alexander's initial flirtations are exciting; it's easy to get caught up in the angst of young love and all the issues that lie between them being together.
But the story moves at a snail pace, describing their frequent walks and bus rides in intricate detail. Everything I enjoyed soon soured and became dull. Similarly, the tale of how people lived in Soviet Russia and the fear that came with Hitler's invasion was a great setting for this wartime love story. What a difficult time and place to try and deal with boyfriend problems. And yet, the story is once again bogged down by pages and pages describing the same things over and over: The bigger picture is fascinating, but the extent of the details and repetition is mind-numbing.
Also, as much as I'm a sucker for a touch of love angst now and then, I was never completely sold on the whole "forbidden love" aspect of this novel. I don't really know how I feel about the way Tatiana's sister - Dasha - was portrayed. If you've yet to read this book, Tatiana meets a handsome young soldier and they have an instant connection. Only it turns out that this soldier has been seeing and sleeping with her older sister.
So, of course, Tatiana does the only right thing and refuses to be with him. I could practically hear the author's thought process running through my mind as I was reading. Think up a situation that would create a "forbidden love" scenario. It has to be bad so readers will get all caught up in the angsting. We all know that women who get it on with their sister's boyfriends have a very special level of hell reserved for them, so Dasha must be portrayed in a way that will make us forgive Tatiana for her relationship with Alexander.
I didn't like the way it was handled. I felt like Dasha was only a bitch to justify poor, innocent Tatiana's actions. And I also felt like it didn't make sense for Tatiana to sacrifice her relationship with Alexander when Dasha was evidently such an awful piece of work. Tatiana exhibits behaviour of a classic Mary Sue: Everything about this novel seems overwrought.
From the exaggerated innocence vs villainous qualities of the characters, to the constant rehashing of old details. You know when you finish a book and think "half of those pages would have sufficed"? This is one of those times. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr View all 42 comments. When the Germans blockaded the city on September 8, , there were two and a half million civilians in Leningrad. In the spring of a million people remained. I'm not going to lie; this was a really hard book to read. I was crying, or at least tearing up, throughout most of it and I'm eternally grateful that I had Paloma to buddy read this with me, because I read most of this book with a very heavy heart.
The Bronze Horseman starts out with our main protagonist, Tatiana, and her family living in Communist Russia and first hearing the declaration of war. Her family, who lives in a two bedroom communal living space, gives her the task of collecting some food while they are trying to ensure her twin brother's safety. While Tatiana is out and trying to actually find some food, she meets a soldier who will forever change her and her family's life. And honestly, the beautiful, yet frustrating, story unweaves from there. This book is one of the most atmospheric books I've ever read, too.
Sometimes I was so enthralled and happy to see all the beautiful places that Tatiana and Alexander would go. Other times I felt cold, I felt hungry, and I felt so very sad. I quickly and wholeheartedly began to love Tatiana, though, and I still want to protect her at all costs. This book is not an easy book to read, I won't lie.
Claudia Di Yes but it's an amazing fiction. This part of The Bronze Horseman is heartbreaking, but so impactful. On to Book 2!! Sometimes I think he may have even loved her a little too much. I've read a few historical fiction novels that were set during the Second World War but I've never read one that was centered in the Soviet Union.
It's about loss, a whole lot of loss, and deception and the price that people are willing to pay to survive a war. Yet, there are also a lot of good messages about the power of love and hope and perseverance in the face of any and everything trying to kill you. This book is about getting up when you don't think you can. This book is about sacrificing for someone who can't. This book is about how loving someone isn't always the easiest thing to do, but sometimes it's the only thing you can do. But, again, this book is heavy and I totally understand it not being for everyone. This book also does feature a pretty unpopular trope, which is commonly known as "the other woman" trope.
Basically, the male love interest in this book does have sex with another woman throughout. In my opinion, it's as tastefully done as it can be, while also giving the reader a lot of angst that makes the book unable to be put down, but I completely understand how this would be a major turn off for many readers, therefore I think it's very important to note. Also, the other woman is extremely close to the main female protagonist, so it feels extra bad. This being said, Tatiana is everything and needs to be protected at all costs and Alexander can go jump off a cliff for a lot of this book.
Again, I love angst and it helped that the other woman was incredibly dislikeable throughout the majority of this book, too. All they do is break your heart. Alexander doesn't make the best choices along the way. Yet, I will also say that this book has a WWII setting, where cities are toppling and people are dying all around them.
I will never defend how Alexander handles his relationships, regardless of what Tatiana asks of him, but I guess I'm just really going to focus on this being fiction and not real life. Just like when I rate and review erotica, I'll always say that the relationships, despite how sexy and hot they are, aren't the most healthy of relationships.
Well, the same thing can be said about The Bronze Horseman , and all the negative reviews surrounding their relationship are completely valid. I will also be the first to say that Alexander and Tatiana have an uneven power balance.
First, he's older than her by five-ish years, which normally isn't that big of a deal, but Tatiana is only seventeen and has literally no experience with men, where Alexander is open about his promiscuities from his past. Yet, more importantly, Alexander is a high up ranking officer in Tatiana's city's military.
He is literally there to save them, obviously that is going to make it increasingly difficult for Tatiana, a younger, inexperienced, poor girl, who is treated horribly at home, to say no to him.
On top of the fact that Tatiana goes from an unhealthy relationship with her entire family, to an unhealthy relationship with Alexander. Tatiana and Alexander's relationship is all about love, but it's not all about romance. Love has a terrible price. A price that is too high.
Tatiana pays a huge price to love Alexander, but that price also saves her very own life. Plus, it feels authentic and realistic and there is so much beauty in that. Tatiana survives with only love and hope and perseverance to keep her alive. She survives against all odds, and this book beautifully portrays that. For everything negative I can say about Alexander, I will say a million things positive about Tatiana. Just go into their love story knowing it's not perfect, but that Tatiana will continue to amaze you every step of the way.
Paullina Simons is truly a master storyteller. Her words are perfect, and she has created two imperfect, but real, characters that have completely mesmerized me. I was so immersed in this book, this world, and even this heartache. Then I read her family's personal story in the afterward for this novel, and I felt so much for her. Seriously, what an amazing and talent strong woman. I feel so blessed to have had read her beautiful story, that I will never forget. A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein.
It was required reading in school, and then she actually came to my school and we were able to meet and talk with her for a bit. She was every inspirational word I know, and I've never put on a pair of warm winter boots and not thought of her. The Bronze Horseman is nothing like Gerda's real life journey, but reading some of the scenes in this book flooded my senses with memories and thoughts of Gerda. A Memoir a try. Finally, I read this book slowly, while savoring everything!
This book is hailed as many of my friend's favorite of all time, so I wanted to write a review that did this tale justice. I decided to break down each part of this story with my thoughts and feelings. This part of the review is going to be filled with spoilers! Yes, I was completely freaking out that she wasn't taking the declaration of war seriously, and that she was just sitting at home reading instead of getting the food her family asked her to get, but that was before I realized what assholes her entire family were.
That ice cream cone she chose to get, while ignoring the severity of the situation, ended up saving her life. I really loved Alexander right off the bat, even though my feelings did change throughout this part. I even felt bad for Dasha, Tatiana's sister, at first, because it's not like she knew what was going on. Meanwhile, Alexander did know he was seeing someone, so like, that's all on him. And Dasha added so much angst to the story, even though Alexander, no matter what seventeen- year- old Tatiana said, should have just ended his relationship with her.
Also, every time Tatiana had to go on the roof, my heart broke and my hate for Alexander grew and grew.
Tatiana's loyalty to her sister and her shitty family was so admirable. Even though she constantly ripped out my heart, I loved how she always somehow ended up being so selfless. She made choices at seventeen that would be difficult for me to make in my late twenties. Seriously, I love Tatiana completely. I was constantly hoping and praying that Tatiana would just leave with her grandparents.
I knew it wouldn't fit in the story, but I was seriously wishing. The child abuse, both verbal and physical was heartbreaking to read.
I also knew Pasha was a dead man as soon as their family sent him away. I held so much pain for Tatiana with all the horrible things her family would say about her. I completely lost my mind when she went searching for her twin brother. Alexander saving Tatiana was so beautiful. Again, I still overall dislike him in this part, but that rescue mission was so damn romantic, especially when boys nowadays can't even text back. This man got a squad together, entered a war zone, and dug through buried bodies to find Tatiana.
Like, I can't think of a more romantic thing I've read, honestly. And that kiss, good Lord, that kiss. But to juxtapose it, Dimitri is the worst and I still don't even understand why Alexander wouldn't deal with him accordingly, but instead kept bringing him around Tatiana. I understand that he knew of Alexander's American past, and that his family were considered Soviet Union traitors, but, like, he knew Dimitri had terrible intentions with the supposed girl he loves more than anything. Like, this part had to be one of the saddest things I've ever read in my entire life.
My heart and soul wasn't prepared for that much death. The grandfather that left made me sorry, Anton made me mournful, the grandmother that was there made me sad, the cousin made me heartsick, the mother made me weep, Dasha broke me. For all the shit I talked about her constantly, it broke me. I also felt like she just gave up her will to live after finding out that Alexander probably loves Tatiana, and then that information just broke me more. And Tatiana giving her the pills, the bread, and even her own breath at the make shift military hospital?
Oh, that really, really, really broke me. When Tatiana told Dasha, "I love you more" I just felt my heart shatter. This part made me so sorrowful, and so very thankful that I was able to be born in America, so thankful that my family was born in America, and so thankful that my ancestors were able to make it to America. I have so many blessings and privileges just because of where I was born, and even though this book is fiction, their situation in Leningrad was so very real. Any character from this book could have been my great grandparent s and their death could have made my existence not possible.
This part of The Bronze Horseman is heartbreaking, but so impactful. Lazarevo, Scenting Spring, Desolate Waves This part, for me, was the "oh my gosh, they are having sex again" part. This part was so steamy and so romantic, for the most part. Again, Alexander said and did a few questionable and problematic things, but besides that handful of things this part was so absolutely delightful to read about.
And that damn white dress with the red roses is going to haunt my dreams, I swear. And I'm a firm believer that more couples need to invest in a potato counter now. I loved the little fishing village that Tatiana eventually made it to, even though I wish both of her grandparents could have been alive to see her make it to them. I didn't like how Tatiana is treated like the maid for the woman that she helps, but it makes complete sense coming from her family and the abusive behavior that Tatiana has known her whole life.
Mostly, I just loved that Tatiana wasn't alone and that she proved time and time again that she was strong enough to survive. I also loved that Tatiana and Alexander got married, but I felt a little weirded out about the rings being made from Dasha's teeth. Yet, I do think there is some very important symbolism there. And most importantly, I loved their little love shack of a cabin. I didn't want to leave this part of the book, because I knew that part III was lulling me into a false sense of security.
Like, how much more of an asshole does he have to prove he is? I mean, it's war time in the 40's; kill him. I honestly can't believe he ruined everything, and even his death didn't bring me satisfaction. On the positive, Alexander really stepped up at the end of this and truly acted like the hero the book claimed him to be from the get go. I am just over here theory-crafting how in the hell is Tatiana going to be reunited with him in book two, Tatiana and Alexander! I mean, it would have ripped my heart out, but this book actually has a pretty decent ending on its own.
Heartbreaking, but I actually did feel full closure while crying my eyes out. Whole lives attached to them. Ghosts and lives and ecstasy and sorrow. Please go check out her Instagram and BookTube. She is so talented that I actually become speechless looking at her art. I honestly picture Alexander, Rhysand, and so many more the way I do because of her talent. This entire book just makes me exhausted. I was on such an emotional roller coaster while reading this, and I'm not sure if I would have even been able to make it without Paloma. This book literally made me feel pure bliss and then pure agony just by turning the page.
I was all over the place reading this, but I honestly loved most every moment. This book truly transported me, and touched me in ways I can't explain unless you've read this beautiful story, too. This is truly an unforgettable book, and I cannot wait to start Tatiana and Alexander and to see if it can hold up to everything The Bronze Horseman was. The Bronze Horseman was easily not only one of the best book I've read in , but it is one of the best books I've read in my entire life.
Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. View all 59 comments. The Bronze Horseman is one of my all-time favorites! I decided to re-read it, for probably the hundredth time, and it still moves me just as much as it did the first time. The story of Alexander and Tatiana is so beautifully told and gripping that I can never put it down once I start. To think, I nearly passed over this book because I don't usually read historical romances.
That would have been a tragedy! Thank God, I finally gave it a shot after hearing so much praise for it. I really would hav The Bronze Horseman is one of my all-time favorites! I really would have missed out if I had. I don't give many 5-star ratings, but I would have given this book if I could have! Nothing I could say would do this book justice, it is just that incredible!
If you haven't read it, do it now! You won't be sorry. This epic tale of love and loss is a must-read for any romance reader. View all 51 comments. Full thoughts appear on my blog: The bottom line is that this book normalizes and promotes unhealthy and abusive interactions between a husband and a wife.
Alexander faced no consequences for his actions in this book. This violence and this abuse is sold as angst and romance. And I loathed every goddamn second of it. View all 10 comments. Good-bye, and have faith, my Tatiana. God, I love this book so much.
It's far from perfect but this book and these characters are just so near and dear to my heart. It's been almost a year since I read The Bronze Horseman the first time and to this day, I still haven't found a love story as great as Tatiana and Alexander's. I don't know what it is but my heart just aches every time I flip through these pages. It felt as if I was reading this book again for the first time because I cried, swooned, and bawled some more just has much as I did the first time around. I think The Bronze Horseman will always be my favorite love story of all time, and I'll never get tired of reading about the lives of Tatiana and Alexander.
I have no words to express my feelings towards this book. I kid you not. This book devoured me and haunted me even in my sleep for 24 straight hours. I gave up life and food because I couldn't put this book down. Even now I'm still reeling and withdrawaling from everything I just read. Our two main characters Alexander and Tatiana are the epitome of tragedy. Their whole story from beginning to end was just heart-wrenching. They are the perfect example of lovers who met and loved at the wrong time, especially when the beginning of their love story was also the beginning of the Second World War.
Since the very beginning and for most of the story, Alexander and Tatiana's relationship or lack thereof was put in a very complicated position.
You just can't help but root for them anyways no matter how bad things may likely turn out in the end. The lengths that they went to just to bury their feelings for each other was absolutely dreadful. The chemistry and the tension between Alexander and Tatiana was just so thick that it pained even me for them to be apart. When they do finally get together, it feels like absolute euphoria just knowing you were waiting hundreds of pages for this moment to finally happen.
And I must say, those hundreds of pages were definitely worth the wait because I completely adore the both of them. They weren't exactly sunshine and rainbows every step of the way, and their fighting got irritating because basic communication proved to be such a struggle for these two, but nonetheless I loved them anyways. Their love was undying and sacrificed so much for even just a quick glance or the brush of a hand. Even at the brink of death, even in the end, Alexander and Tatiana just lived and breathed love for one another.
As individuals, Alexander and Tatiana had their own flaws. Tatiana was very naive in the beginning but war and loss sculpted her into a strong, kind young woman. These qualities were also her weakness because it led people, especially her family, to often take advantage of her generosity and kindness. She was the ultimate pushover and I really wanted to shake some sense into herself at times. A lot of times. She was also stubborn to no end and often put herself and Alexander in difficult situations.
But I admire Tatiana's endurance and perseverance for overcoming the war and the sacrifices she had to make for herself and for her family. Alexander was a bit more complicated to understand. I could tell without a doubt that he loved Tatiana more than life itself. He spoke of love not with words but through his actions. Sometimes I think he may have even loved her a little too much. One of the things I worry about in regards to his character though was his temper. He became very temperamental as the story progressed and I did feel as if his anger got the best of him.
The characters he lashed out to did become a bit testy but sometimes he got a bit too carried away with his rage. Though I feel a bit guilty about saying this, I must admit that I won't be surprised if abuse becomes an issue with Alexander in the later books. Pushes and shoves can easily turn into slaps and punches. I'm hoping it won't happen since I absolutely love Alexander aside from his many flaws, but it won't come as a shock if it does happen. Aside from the romance, I really enjoyed reading World War 2 in the Soviet Union's perspective rather than America's or even Germany's.
I've read a few historical fiction novels that were set during the Second World War but I've never read one that was centered in the Soviet Union. We all know that many countries lost a lot of lives in the war but just reading about what the people went through really hurts my heart.
I can't even imagine being starved to death like many of those civilians did. I couldn't even eat a proper meal while reading this book because these characters were only given scraps for food. I haven't read a book like The Bronze Horseman that's actually affected me this way emotionally. This book is absolutely huge. It's definitely the longest book I've read and I've successfully read it within a day. Though the length of this book could be debatable, I really think it plays a huge role in the book itself.
We, as readers, are living through this war with the characters. We are growing and suffering with each and every one of them. I don't think this book would've affected me as much if it was any shorter. There were parts that felt repetitive and possibly could've been omitted but I wouldn't change this book for the world. It's not the greatest piece of literature out there in the world, nor is it the greatest love story every told but it comes pretty close to me.
I've heard about The Bronze Horseman a few months ago but I never really gave it a second thought because I don't normally read historical fiction novels. What a mistake that was. I sincerely regret not picking this book up sooner because I can honestly say that The Bronze Horseman has topped every book I've ever read so far in my life. I always thought that The Night Circus, a fantasy novel, would always be my favorite book of all time.
I didn't doubt it because after several years and after hundreds of books, no book has ever replaced The Night Circus as my all time favorite. On top of that, fantasy has been my preferred genre of books to read. This might have even been my first historical fiction book I've read all year and we're already halfway done with !
After Dasha and Tatiana make the trip safely to Kobona , Dasha dies of consumption.
Tatiana buries her sister in an ice hole and travels to Lazarevo to find her grandparents. Months later Alexander is worried about Tatiana and Dasha, having received no word from them. After receiving a month's furlough , he travels to Lazarevo, where he finds Tatiana, learns of Dasha's fate, and finds out that Tatiana had lost both her grandparents and was recovering from tuberculosis and pneumonia. Tatiana is distrustful and eventually reveals during an argument that she was not sure if he really loved her or Dasha.
Alexander and Tatiana make up and later make love for the first time. The next morning, Alexander asks her to marry him, and they do so on her 18th birthday. They spend a month together in a cabin in the woods near Lazarevo, before Alexander must return to the front. Tatiana, worried after not hearing from Alexander, goes back to Leningrad to find him.
After finding out that he is safe, she stays and works as a nurse at Grechesky Hospital in Leningrad, wanting to stay near him. Alexander is upset and tries to dissuade her but fails. He returns to the front, threatened by the possibility that Dimitri might find about his secret marriage to Tatiana and turn him in to the NKVD in revenge. Alexander, by now promoted to major, is injured on the front while trying to save Dr.
Tatiana convinces the doctor to operate on him and donates blood to save Alexander, considered a hopeless case. She triumphs and Alexander lives; for his actions, he receives the Hero of the Soviet Union medal. Alexander is concerned about the dangers of this plan, especially after finding out that she is pregnant. Dimitri visits Alexander as he convalesces and reveals that he knows about the marriage; he threatens to tell the NKVD about Alexander's past if he does not allow Dimitri to flee the Soviet Union with them. Dimitri later demands that Tatiana be left behind, ostensibly because she might slow them down, but in fact to drive the couple apart.
Alexander refuses and loses his temper, punching Dimitri and almost killing him before hospital staff intervene. Aware that his arrest is imminent, and in a desperate attempt to save Tatiana, he begs Sayers to tell her he has died while being transported to be promoted to lieutenant colonel, so that she would leave without him. Alexander says a final goodbye to the unaware Tatiana, telling her to 'remember Orbeli'.
Sayers tells Tatiana of Alexander's supposed fate, Tatiana refuses to believe it, but is eventually persuaded and agrees to leave with Sayers and with Dimitri posing as the Finn.