My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5+ Stars – I LOVED this book.
Paullina Simons is a gifted writer. This is a riveting tale of two people, Tatiana and Alexander, and their story of their epic love. This book is amazingly sad and poignant and beautiful. I’m not a history buff, but I learned so much about WWII and the hardships of the Russian people that I felt like I was there. It’s just an AMAZING story line. Simons does an excellent job of showing the changes in these two characters from a young first love perspective and how life can get in the way and change or wreck absolutely everything. The details in this book of life in Leningrad, Russia and the harrowing experiences of war and in that of various cultures and different countries clashing is astounding and so intricate. This is a masterpiece of a novel. I LOVED this book so much!!!! It was just fabulous to see how the characters grew through their trials and tribulations. Simons is an excellent story teller. Did I say that already? It’s worth repeating. I was riveted to this amazing and epic love story and loved the historical aspect (even if it’s not my normal genre).
As a reader, I was captivated by the in-depth characterizations of both Tatiana and Alexander as well as her family and Alexander’s soldier friend Dimitri.
As a writer, I was riveted by the twisty plot lines and impressed with how Simons was able to move the epic love story forward so eloquently. The story is captivating. Awesome work!!!
This is a SERIES. You must read them in order. You must start with The Bronze Horseman and then read Tatiana and Alexander, and finally read The Summer Garden.
Truthfully, I’m giving myself a little break because these two characters–Tatiana and Alexander–will stay with you for a long, long time.