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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
March 17
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews


Wonderful read, I was looking for someone like gabaldon and found it!,

A thoughtfully written novel with the author's own historical background playing a role. I usually enjoy a Diana gabaldon novel, but as I wait for her next installment in the outlander series, I was more than pleasantly surprised with ms. Simons. Read this book and the two that follow you will be hooked. I just finished the summer garden and I am wanting to start over, paullina continues to develop her characters until the last page and with this knowledge it makes you want to start it all over again. Enjoy! Thank you paullina for such a great series!!

meesh_potatoes ,


This is my favorite book of all time, I fall for and root for these characters, and can never put it down. However, the iBook version is missing 100+ pages in the chapter "scenting spring" which is severely disappointing!!! Buy the book regardless and hopefully they will fix this problem soon.

sinnerj ,

The Bronze Horseman

This is the best of my all-time favorites, a beautiful and tender love story in the midst of world history. Never before have I realized the extent of the personal devastation to the people of Leningrad. Simons bring all of this history to the reader and wraps your arms around the two central characters, Tatiana and Alexander. When the novel ends, you are wishing for more.... and she gives it to you in the next one, a sequel. i loved it.

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