The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman

A Novel

Book - 2009
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"Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose beautiful palaces and stately avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living in one room with their brother and parents. It is a hard, impoverished life, yet the Metanovs know many who are not as fortunate as they. The family routine is shattered on 22 June 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. For the Metanovs, for Leningrad and for Tatiana, life will never be the same again. On the fateful day, Tatiana meets a brash young officer named Alexander. Tatiana and her family suffer as Hitler's army advances on Leningrad, and the Russian winter closes in. With bombs falling and the city under siege, Tatiana and Alexander are drawn to each other in an impossible love. It is a love that could tear Tatiana's family apart, a love that carries a secret that could mean death for anyone who hears it. Confronted on the one hand by Hitler's unstoppable war machine, and on the other by a Soviet system determined to crush the human spirit, Tatiana and Alexander are pitted against the very tide of history, at a turning point in the century that made the modern world. Mesmerizing from the very first page to the final, breathtaking end, The Bronze Horseman brings alive the story of two indomitable, heroic spirits and their great love that triumphs over the devastation of a country at war."--Taken from author's website.
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon A, 2009
Edition: 1st Avon pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780061854149
006185414X
Branch Call Number: F SIM NVD
Characteristics: 810 p. : maps ; 21 cm

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alyssabreanne
Mar 13, 2017

I couldn't put this book down, the characters are vivid and real. I recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction and romance.

kmosley2 Apr 08, 2016

This book needed a good editor.

beauty2005 May 15, 2014

tear jerker with a satisfying ending

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triptophan
Mar 31, 2014

I wouldn't recommend this romance because it is too long. The novel is over 800 pages and I was getting bored. The Bronze Horseman wasn't fast-paced. It was slow- moving like a turtle crossing the street on a one-way street. I found myself skipping pages to get to end because I was curious to see how the author ended the story. But, don't waste your time. This story is a complete drag.

hania4987 Mar 31, 2014

I am a little ambivalent about this book. The story begins on the day that Hitler turned on Stalin and millions of people were in the way. This story follows one family during the siege of Leningrad as you witness confusion, then splintering, then devastation. So far, it's good but not great.

chicobonbon Jul 11, 2013

One of my favourite books. I can't be sure how many times I've reread this book and each time I get caught up in the characters and the writing.

A beautiful love story set against the harsh backdrop of Leningrad under siege. Wonderfully written and compelling character development. This book left me with a book hangover for days. I needed to have more of Tatiana and Alexander and good thing--there were two more books!

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calss37
May 14, 2013

This book was so hard to put down. Would highly recommend it if you like Romance Fiction set during historical periods (WW2)
This novel is a page turner, loved it!

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Suvorov1
Feb 11, 2013

Tatiana lives with her parents, grandparents, sister and brother in a two room section of a residential building in Soviet Russia. Hitler turns on Stalin, bringing the war to Russian land. Tatiana meets a handsome and charming Red Army soldier, only to discover her sister Dasha has been dating and is in love with him. Tatiana knows she must no longer think of Alexander that way. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done.

While The Bronze Horseman is primarily a love story, there is a lot more to it. Simons portrays life in a Leningrad under siege- rationing of food and supplies, the constant bombing, the crime, the hardships, etc. It also briefly touches on the paranoia under the Communist and Soviet governments.

The characters are developed extremely well and the story is phenomenal; Simons is an outstanding writer. There are also really hot sex scenes, which is always a plus. There really is not a lot more to say about this book, however the fact that I stayed up until 3:15 AM to read should be proof enough that I highly recommend this book.

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vwruleschick
Jan 14, 2013

It is a long read, but one of coming of age (and innocence) while you follow Tatiana and her life in Leningrad, Russia, just before WWII. Her family including her grandparents and twin her brother and her older sister, Dasha, living in small shared quarters together. While food supplies are dwindling and weather is harsh. The demands on the civilians even harsher. There is love, hate, loss and reunion, but forgiveness is hard or is it learning the truth even harder. Alexander, a Soviet soldier who meets Tatiana, but is involved with her older sister creates complicated relationships and sacrafices. Will they survive?

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PrettyPenny
Dec 11, 2012

A definite page turner. Well written with great characters.

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