Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: "The Summer Garden" by Paullina Simons

From Goodreads:  From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.

Tatiana and Alexander have since suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world. But though they are only in their twenties, in their hearts they are old, and they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family. Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son?

Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents.

My Thoughts:  The Summer Garden is the final book in The Bronze Horseman trilogy.  I was nervous about reading this book because I was unsure how Simons was going to finish the story.  Well, let me tell you, she did not disappoint!  This book was just as amazing as the first two and, finally, I got to see Tatiana and Alexander have a little happiness.  The story starts in 1946 and goes all the way to 2000 and Simons does an amazing job of making the reader feel everything that Tatiana and Alexander deal with during this time.  Her writing is amazing and I simply loved this book.  I won't write too much because I don't want to give ANYTHING away but in this book you actually get to see Tania and Shura build a life together and learn how to deal with the pain and suffering they had to endure during the war.  If you have read the first two books in this trilogy, you will love this book.  If you haven't read any of these books, seriously, go get them!!
5 stars!


  1. Holy cow, you DEVOURED this book! :)
    I think I will put this trilogy on my list.

  2. Ha! I could not put it down!


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