Title: The Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

Published: March 2009

Genres: Historical Fiction/Romance




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.


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I literally only have one bad thing to say about this book, or should I say books? Because it sure felt like you were getting 2 books for the price of 1. It took me a HOT MINUTE to read (6 weeks to be exact). There are upwards of 700 narrow-margined pages smothered with the smallest font size in existence (what’s up with that?), but you guys, this story was E-VER-Y-THING. Paullina Simons had a really magical way of making you feel like their story, fears, triumphs and losses were also yours. Unsurprisingly with so many pages, you got a rich understanding for who the characters were to their core. When I say 2 books in 1, I really do mean I felt like there was a major shift at the halfway point where it focused less on surviving the war and more on the love story between Tatiana and Alexander, which didn’t come without it’s complications, but made it all the more genuine. There isn’t a single emotion I didn’t feel through my reading experience, a true sign of a 5 star book for me. I was pretty shook though when the book ended on a cliff hanger and after a quick google search realised it was part of a THREE BOOK SERIES!? I guess I’ll leave my harness buckled and tell the rollercoaster operator I’d like to go again.


NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is in the @mamamiaaus Top 40 books you need to read before you die, and is well deserving of this status. My last 6 weeks have been consumed by this WWII novel. The love story between Tatiana and Alexander is unlike any other. It is deep, complex and heart wrenching. And amongst it all, all you want is for them to be happily together. Eloquently written, this novel does not shy away from strong, confronting themes surrounding war, death and grief. It is certainly a journey, fam. So buckle up before you start.



Abuse (physical, emotional), dubious consent, suicide.

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