Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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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.


About Paullina Simons

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Paullina Simons is the author of nine internationally acclaimed novels, including Tully and The Bronze Horseman. Her books have been translated into twenty languages. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She now lives near New York City with her husband, four children, and one dog named Bunny.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 912 pages
Genres: History, Romance, War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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When Alexander Belov and Tatiana meet in the summer of 1941, he’s an officer in the Red Army, while she’s a 17-year-old factory worker living in a crowded apartment with her elder sister Dasha, her twin brother Pasha, her parents and grandparents.

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Alexander and Tatiana are bonded not only by love, but by fidelity to Russia evidenced by their esteem of Pushkin’s poem, “The Bronze Horseman.” Their love story is engrossing.

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When they return to the Metanovs’ tiny apartment, Tania learns to her chagrin that Alexander is the fellow her older sister Dasha has been seeing lately, and Dasha’s told Tania she’s in love.

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In 1941 Leningrad, Tatiana and Dasha Metanov are more than mere sisters;

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