Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day so far. Before I get to today’s book review, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday. I really appreciate it!
Moving on to the review…
Title: The Bronze Horseman
Author: Paullina Simons
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Length: 810 Pages (PB)
Publication Date: 2007
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
My Rating: 5/5
During the summer of 1941, the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance, their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.
Favourite Character: Alexander Belov
Favourite Quote: “When Tatiana looked up from her ice cream, she saw a soldier staring at her from across the street.” -pg 30
- It was nearly impossible to pick, there are so many amazing ones. I chose this one, because it is the beginning of their story, and I love how they recall it later on in the novel, after so much has happened between them.
I simply adored this book. From the first word to the last word I was hooked. It had everything I look for, historical detail, interesting plot, and characters that you can’t help but care about.
Simons made me feel like I was living through the siege of Leningrad along with Alexander and Tatiana. Her description is so vivid that you can’t help but feel like you’re there. One of my favourite things as a reader is when an author manages to do that.
In addition, you have their wonderful love story. Which, I have to admit, I’m a sucker for. I especially loved how they first met, because it reminded me so much of my own grandparents.
Usually, I am not a fan of stories that involve a love triangle between siblings, or even love triangles in general. However, in this case, it’s not really a love triangle at all. There is no doubt that Tatiana is the one for Alexander. These two characters were so in love. They would do anything for each other and they were so protective of each other.
I also enjoyed that they were not perfect. They both had flaws. Some of the reviews I have read criticize the characters, but I thought that the fact that they had flaws made them seem much more human and easy to relate to.
It was nearly impossible for me to stop reading this book. I simply had to know what happened to them. One night I even read until 3:30am (taking breaks to take care of Kalista who was only months old at the time). Boy, I sure was tired the next day, but I couldn’t help myself and it was totally worth it. If a book manages to make me forgo sleep, then to me it’s a great book.
One thing I will mention though, is that there are quite a few scenes of a sexual nature, which are rather graphic. I myself don’t mind, but if you prefer less graphic writing, it might be best to go into it knowing what to expect.
To conclude, this seems to be another book that you either love or hate. I definitely loved it and would recommend it. Especially if you enjoy detailed historical fiction and intense, emotional love stories. The Bronze Horseman is the first of a trilogy and it will definitely leave you clamouring for the next instalment. I know I bought the sequel the day after I finished it.
Has anyone else read it? If so, what did you think?
I hope that this review was enjoyable/helpful.
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