The Summer Garden

The Summer Garden

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A novel tracing the enduring power of love and commitment against the forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peace From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941. Tatiana and Alexander have since suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world. But though they are only in their twenties, in their hearts they are old, and they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family. Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son? Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 742 pages
  • 188 x 197 x 130mm | 510g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Harper
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007162499
  • 9780007162499
  • 12,160

About Paullina Simons

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.
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Praise for Paullina Simons: The Summer Garden 'Simons has written a book that is high on feeling and suspense' Sydney Morning Herald Tatiana and Alexander 'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair ... It also has - thank goodness - a welcome sense of humour and discernible characters rather than ciphers.' Victoria Moore, Daily Mail The Bronze Horseman 'Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre, while Tolstoy's War and Peace carries off the literary honours ... it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga ... She is able to make some powerful statements about the durability of the human spirit, but never at the expense of descriptive passages refulgent with power and beauty' Barry Forshaw, amazon Praise for Tully: `Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next... Read it and weep - literally` Company
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Rating details

20,203 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 47% (9,561)
4 28% (5,679)
3 16% (3,327)
2 5% (1,087)
1 3% (549)

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Really struggled to put these series down a really great story of love - beautifully more
by Nicole Neylon
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! The thrid of the series explores the life of Tatia and Shura after the war, whether they are capable to keep the passion and love of one another within a normal surrounding and lifestyle. The third and last book of the great series involves just as much action and suspense as the first two within the war. Even the incapable love between Alexander and Tatiana can be threatened within the post war society. The last book displays love, friendship, family, lust, hatred and soo many more themes that will keep you on the edge of the bed or chair. Thankyou Paullina Simmons for this extraordinary and wonderful series, the best series I have ever read!show more
by Christina
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