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The Summer Garden: A Love Story

The Summer Garden: A Love Story

Book rating: 05 Paperback Bronze Horseman trilogy

By (author) Paullina Simons

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 742 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 204mm x 33mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061988227
  • ISBN 13: 9780061988226
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 7,566

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The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them--and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

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By Glenys Jury 21 Oct 2013 5

I like Melissa James, loved the third book also. It finished off so beautifully. I have laughed and cried thru this whole trilogy, the love, the endurance, the path that these two people travelled will stay with me also.
I also learnt so much, historically speaking thru these 3 books.
If for no other reason, than enjoying a wonderful read.......You must, read this trilogy.
I brought the 3 books thru book depository.
I also live in New Zealand, and have since found "The Bronze Horseman "
"Alexandra and Tatianna " and " The Summer Garden " for sale at " The Warehouse " in Auckland.

By Melissa James 11 Aug 2012 5

I loved this book so much. Please read it, but make sure you read the first two (The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander/The Bridge to Holy Cross) first. Surprisingly I think I enjoyed this one, the conclusion, the most. I finished it a couple of hours ago and am still filled with such warmth, happiness, love, yearning, and other mixed emotions from the book. The trilogy really does take you on an epic journey. It is emotionally draining; you can't be led lightly by Shura and Tatia, they really will tug at your heart like they did eachothers' - be warned. The depth of historical knowledge shown by Simons is amazing. I think I learnt more on WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, Russia, the USA, and basic general knowledge than I ever did at school from these books.....and I was an attentive student! Also, the love lessons learnt by Alexander and Tatiana are truly inspiring. Traveling through so many years with these two in this final book has really made me feel like they are a part of myself. I hope that it's like this for anyone else who reads The Summer Garden too. If you have red the first two, then I highly recommend ordering this book NOW (it's so annoying that you can't buy it in New Zealand stores). If you haven't red the other two, then get started now :) Being able to read The Summer Garden will be well worth it. I wish there was some discussion or something to be involved with now that there's no more of their story to read, as it really is hard to let go of something as wonderful as this.

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`Paullina Simon's voice is engaging enough and there is much information in the broad sweep of the narrative, which covers the blockade of Leningrad, the Vietnam War and the saga of a Russian immigrant family that eventually finds happiness in the US of A.`--Melbourne Age