The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons


Book Information (for this edition):

Published: September 8,2012 by William Morrow

Author: Paullina Simons

Page Count: 810

Amazon: $10.11

Barnes and Noble: $10.61

Before I begin gushing about this novel here are some of my thoughts while reading thanks to Goodreads Update Status… p.84 – “I am so head over heels in love with this book!!” …. p. 203 – “cry count: 4” …. p.546 – “I’M SO IN LOVE!” All of these status updates sum up my thoughts perfectly. Also, this review will be broken up into a spoiler free section and a spoiler section so beware!

**Spoiler Free Section**

WHERE DO I BEGIN?! I honestly just need a good cry. So much happened in the book that made my jaw drop and my heart ache. I was so in love with the book from the beginning. I once said that I didn’t read too much historical fiction since I found it boring but this completely changed me. Going into The Bronze Horseman I was quite intimidated by its size but after hearing so much about it I had to check it out. Paullina Simons brings to the table a book so heartbreaking, so moving, so touching that you won’t be able to put it down.

The story kicks off by our sweet and innocent main character Tatiana Metanove being woken up by her family as they soon discover that Germany is going to war with Russia. Tatiana happens to be living in Leningrad when this happens. In a matter of minutes her whole life is about to change, no longer is life going to go on as it once has. Tatiana must now think of her family more than she already does which leads her to meet Alexander Belov, a young solider who harbors multiple secrets. Together they embark on a tragic love story that rips apart people left and right in one of the saddest and harshest periods of history.

This story truly took my breath away. I found it be fast paced and it kept my attention at every turn. The heartbreak was written beautifully and it felt like the characters were in the room while I was reading. I’ve never really delved my hands into a romance story (this was my first) and I can honestly say that I will be reading more. Simons crafted such gripping characters and the storyline added to the heartbreak.

There were a few minor things that didn’t agree with but I’m hoping that those will be solved in the next two books. Mainly it was character actions and decisions that didn’t settle well.

I’ve ordered Tatiana and Alexander as well as The Summer Garden to continue reading right away! My mind is still reeling from the ending!! I highly recommend this book.

This book was given a 5/5 Star rating on Goodreads.

Favorite Quote:

“Love is,” she repeated slowly, looking only at Dasha, “when he is hungry and you feed him. Love is knowing when he is hungry.”

**Spoiler Section**

Ahhh now we get to the good stuff! Just another warning, if you haven’t read The Bronze Horseman major plot points will be talked about down below. The above section is spoiler free! Without further ado let’s start at the beginning.

I guess that this book was love at first sight for me. I personally found how Tania and Alexander met in the beginning. It was fresh and exciting. It isn’t everyday you meet a handsome solider at a bus stop. Alexander was sweet, funny, strong, and helpful all wonderful things!

What crushed me and caused me to cry the first time (I’m telling you I cried so much I swear all the water I had in me left) was her sister Dasha and Alexanders “connection”! I truly couldn’t believe it, it was like some big joke was being played on Tania. The first boy she likes is her sisters love.

Speaking of her sister… I really didn’t care for Tatia’s family. That was one of my biggest issues in the beginning. My favorite character of the family was the grandfather Deda who wasn’t present often. They were mean and pushed her aside as if she was nothing. Dasha and her parents were self centered and Tatiana, being the loving and dotting sister and daughter, did everything they asked for and more. Several times they belittled Tatiana and hurt her but she allowed that to happen.

The love that Tatiana and Alexander have is what threatens to tear the Metanova family apart. All the sneaking around and private moments alone shared so many of the characters thoughts.

Secret keeping isn’t something Tania has ever had to do and suddenly she must at every turn to protect her sisters feelings. Through in the relentless best friend of Alexander’s Dimitri and it all suddenly becomes harder.

But then Alexander has to go and offer Dasha marriage to protect Tatiana from Dimitri… I actually shed more tears. This was like the punch in the gut of the story.

What broke my heart was all the death surrounding Tatiana as the winter months came. It all happened so quickly that she had little time to process this. I do believe that when Alexander was able to get her and Dasha to Lazarevo that it was the best thing he could ever do for her.

But it isn’t until her sister passes away that we see another side of Tatiana. We see her grow colder and it was than that I realized she would do anything for her sister. She pushed Alexander away all those months prior because she knew that she would only get one sister in her lifetime.

It is in Lazarevo that the story really took my breath away. So much love flowed in this village and from here the story became stronger. With no one stopping the two lovers from being together they embark on a new type of life, filled with love, loss, and of course heartbreak.

Favorite Quote:

“Love is,” she repeated slowly, looking only at Dasha, “when he is hungry and you feed him. Love is knowing when he is hungry.”

This book was given a 5/5 star rating on Goodreads.



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