5 starsAngsty/EmotionalHistorical RomanceLove TriangleMaria Recent Review

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman Book Cover The Bronze Horseman
The Bronze Horseman Trilogy #1
Paullina Simons
Fiction, Historical Romance
April 2001

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.

Maria’s Review

➦It’s no secret, really, that I don’t read historical romance. I dabble once in a while and I finally decided to read this trilogy, being Russian and all. The book is based in 1940s during the German blockade of St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) and follows a story of Tatiana, a teenage girl and her family. One sunny day she meets a handsome soldier while eating ice cream on the bench without a care in the world, as if the war isn’t on the doorstep. Things are about to change drastically for Tatiana and her family. 

➦I won’t bore you. Long story short, there’s huge love triangle here. The soldier that she meets also happens to be someone Tatiana’s sister is enamored with. And, being a good sister that she is, Tatiana lets her sister have him. 

➦So I’ll tell you one thing. I’ve gotten this book on audio and it was… um, about 35 hours long. In other words, long book is long. Now, it isn’t a bad thing, really. I couldn’t get enough. BUT. By the end of book 1 I literally felt like I’ve read 4 full size novels lol. But I loved it. Loved the characters and loved the setting. The situation kept getting progressively worse and going into book two I’m not sure what to expect. How much can one take before they give up the will to live?