taTitle: Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2)
Author: Paullina Simons
Genres: RomanceHistorical Fiction
Release Day: July 2007

Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again.

6 magnificent stars! 

“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.”

This series is E-P-I-C!

I mean… What was that? It felt like an out of body experience! Even though halfway in the book we only have Tatiana & Alexander’s flashbacks to – barely – sustain us and keep us from pulling our hair out from the agony, this book is freaking epic! A love story without actually having the main characters together until the very last pages.


My review for the last book did not include the amazing writing – because let’s face it, after having read THAT who has the time to comment on the writing? I had to pick up the pieces of my heart, people! – but now, that I’m relieved and I can finally breathe without feeling like I want to curl up in a fatal position and cry myself to sleep, or coma, I can say a few things about the author. Well… she ruined me! Utterly ruined me.

“Tania, last time in Morozovo, I let you go, but not this time. This time we live together or we die together.”

  • Her writing? Epic.
  • Her ability to bring the story and the characters to life? Out of this freaking world.
  • Her ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart and pull it out only to stomp on it and crush it into tiny tiny pieces? Yeah…

Now, about the story, epic pretty much sums it up, but to be more specific, it surprised me how could a book – a love story – hold me so much when the main characters are not even in the same country!

“Will you remember that? Anywhere you are, if you can look up and find Perseus in the sky, find that smile, and hear the galactic wind whisper your name, you’ll know that it’s me, calling for you… calling you back to Lazarevo.”

I thought that it would get boring at some point, that I would miss their connection but no, on the contrary, I felt like they were still connected even though years went by and they had their own struggles and their own nightmares to face. We got a detailed story on Alexander and his family, what he had to go through before he was introduced in the story, and we got Pasha back just briefly!

So many details were covered and so much heartache to go through but at last, they found each other!

“Falling in love with you in the Summer Garden in the white nights in Leningrad is the moment that propels me through life.”

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