A powerful story of grief and hope, a passionate and epic love story from the Russian-born author of the internationally bestselling novels TULLY and ROAD TO PARADISE.
The world at war … two people in love.
Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero of the Soviet Union, has been arrested by Stalin's infamous secret police.
Tatiana begins her new life in America. In wartime New York City she finds work, friends and a life beyond her dreams. However, her grief is inescapable and she keeps hearing Alexander calling out to her.
'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair that nourishes its two protagonists even when they are separated and lost, a long and bitter military campaign, plus personal excavations into the past. It also has – thank goodness – a welcome sense of humour and discernable characters rather than ciphers.'
Victoria Moore, Daily Mail
‘There is substance behind the romantic love story: a strong sense of compassion for her fellow Russians who lived bravely through protracted grim times’ The Age
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
‘This is a story that grabs you from the first and doesn’t let go at the last. Superb’ Weekend Australian
About the author
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.
Great book, I absolutely love this story of Tatiana and Alexander
Good book, bad version
The reason why I'm giving this iBook a low rating is not because of the story itself but because of this particular version. I read the paperback version before downloading this iBook because I was so in love with the whole story. The writing is raw and has such an emotional impact on the readers. However, when I was reading over some parts of the iBook, I noticed that some paragraphs and scenes were either paraphrased or completely skipped! I even checked it against the paperback version to make sure that I didn't just imagine those parts. The missing scenes/details aren't CRUCIAL to the story, but they're extra things which just warm your heart and give you more insight into Alexander's past and mind.
For example, the paperback version included a more detailed version of when Alexander's thoughts and feelings when he first saw Tatiana; and when they were just starting to know each other (basically The Bronze Horseman from Alexander's point of view). Whereas, in this iBook, these paragraphs (which took up a few pages) were summarized to only a few paragraphs and about 1-2 pages. They left out details which made you completely understand exactly why Alexander crossed the road and followed her onto the bus in the first place.
If you haven't read this book yet, I suggest you read the paperback version first. Unless you wouldn't mind reading a summarized version - but seriously, the more Alexander, the better!
This book along with the whole series is amazing. The details and the depth of the story made me fall in love with Russia. The characters are fantastic! I didn't want to put it down and when I wasn't reading it I was imagining what would happen next. The characters are put through so much and it is an interesting insight into war in Russia which from my experience isn't a well told perspective. It is just a brilliant tale of torture, love, war, and distance and so much more. You can't help but fall in love with the characters as the perfect example of what a partner should be.