The Bronze Horseman (Paperback)
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DescriptionA magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the international bestselling author of TULLY and ROAD TO PARADISE Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents. The routine of their hard impoverished life is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. For the Metanov family, for Leningrad and particularly for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On that fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young man named Alexander. The family suffers as Hitler's army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winter closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn inexorably to each other, but theirs is a love that could tear Tatiana's family apart, and at its heart lies a secret that could mean death to anyone who hears it. Confronted on the one hand by Hitler's vast war machine, and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world.
- Published: 01 April 2005
- Format: Paperback 656 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780006513223 ISBN 10: 0006513220
- Sales rank: 665
Reviews for The Bronze Horseman
Not Bronze but Gold!
This book had me going through a whirl wind of emotions- from utter captivation at the blooming romance between the main characters to wanting to reach into the words in front of me and slap the characters silly, to shake them out of their decisions and impending future.
This novel absolutely resonated with me once I closed that final page. I went through a rather unfortunate phase of withdrawal, knowing there story was not yet finished yet I would have to wait, absorb, adjust (and pop my head into my own reality for a while) before I was re-drawn into their tragic yet captivating story.
Paullina not only invites us into a romance but into a troubling view of war torn Russia when the Nazis invaded. There is a nice complimentary of romance and realism in the circumstances- just proving the talented writings of Paullina.
From the bus bench to the hospital bed, Tatiana and Alexander were drawn together both willingly and by chance. There love was inevitable yet the circumstances that surrounded their story were but trials- showing that love will not protect you but will guide you to strive for a future and for life.
I am now awaiting the second instalment of the series and I’m thoroughly looking forward to once again being drawn into the romance that is Alexander and Tatiana.
It demands attention from beginning to end and it most certainly got mine. Definitely a recommend for hopeless romantics out there who also love a bit of historical fiction. by Courteney
The Thousand-star series
First of all.. sometimes, I'm not sure of how many stars to give the book.. whether it should be 3, 4 or 5 but right now.. I'm thinking of contacting Goodreads to allow us to post 1000 stars for books that knock your brains out!
Oh my God.. the tears I've shed in this book... the heartache that it caused me!! The sheer anticipation of turning each and every page, 'cause I tell you and I'm really honest here.. sometimes a page turning can make your heart soar to the highest sky then the next page breaks those wings and pulls you to the pits of hell!
This took me around 3 days to finish it.. but seriously.. I don't think I've ever read a more heart-wrenching events than what happened here.. especially since most of it actually happened during the war.. on more than one occasion I had to take small reprieves to the kitchen and the living room and maybe just look out the window to assure myself of where I live and that those events in the story are not actually happening now and that I really don't live in that time or that place...
So, heads up for a lot of tissue-usage and a lot of actual depression.. but still I will never regret reading such a beautiful love story that had its roots nursing in a hellish time..
Go read it... yeah... by Dina K.under review
Absolutley captivating from beginning to end. This book made me feel every possible emotion. A beautifully written, haunting love story set in war torn Russia. by Carly Stokes
- Top review
Honestly, perfect. by Elizabeth
One of my all time favourites
I first read this book in about 2005. It inspired me to take a trip to Russia in 2009 (where I laid under the Bronze Horseman). I then met the author in 2010 and re-read the book. Such a great fiction set in WWII in Russia which not only tells a great love story (who wouldnt get taken by that), but also paints a picture of the suffering, fight and hope that the people had during this time. The other books in the trilogy, whilst very good, were not quite as good as the first, but you still need to read them all to get closer on this great story. by Carnie
This book was recommened to me by a friend and inspired me into reading again. The story is extremely well told and is gripping in its intirity. The historical setting really makes this novel great. A must read for everyone!! by Anita Ward
Beautiful Love Story
This is the most heart wrenching book I have ever read. It brought me to tears and still does when i read certain quotes. One of the only books I have ever read where the characters linger with you forever. Highly recommended. by Beth
Best Series... #1
One of my favourite books of ALL time, loved every single bit of it and the whole series. I believe it has something for every man and woman to enjoy and love!
Their is war, violence, friendship, betrayal, family, sisterhood and most importantly intense/passionate LOVE...
There is simply nothing else more to say than it is... a MUST read! by Christina
This book is the most amazing read you will experience and the story of their love will stay with you for a long time. I could not put it down.
if ou only read 1 book in your lifetime then the Bronze Horseman should be it. by kristy helene
The Bronze Horseman
All time favourite book! If I could only own one book it would be this one. Beautiful love story set in a great historical novel. A must read for anyone who enjoys a rich story. by Margaret Kearney