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.
I listened The Bronze Horseman on Audible and became completely obsessed with this story, as soon as I was finished with the first book I went to get the next one, unfortunately it wasn’t on audible, so I downloaded the kindle version instead, I was a bit worried about not loving it as much now that I wasn’t just simply listening, but I was so wrong, I adored it, if was over 700 pages long, yet I devoured it in two days, these stories are so captivating, Alexander and Tatiana are truly amazing character, written so well.
The book begins right where the last one left off, still in the middle of WW11 with Tatiana fighting to get out of Russia and save herself and her child.
The story goes back and forward between Tatiana and Alexander’s POV’s, Tatiana as she makes her way to America, heavily pregnant heartbroken at the thought of her husband being dead, parts of her chapters were devastating, she was so young and went through so much, but I must say, she is definitely one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about, her strength and courage are admirable, this second book shows even more of that.
And then their is Alexander, I really love his bravery, boldness, commitment to his fellow soldiers and the war, his courage and the way he handles situations that he faces, He suffered a lot but didn’t lose hope he battled to stay alive for the love of his life.
His thoughts and experiences throughout the war were sometimes hard to read, Alexander’s chapters constantly had me on the edge of my seat with worry for him, his situation just constantly got worse and worse, there were so many times I wondered what was going to happen to him and how he even kept going.
The writing, just like the first book was captivating. The characters developed even further, and honestly I didn’t think I could love these two anymore than before, but I was so wrong. Their love and passion towards one another is something else, I genuinely think they might just be my favourite book couple ever. Tatiana matured so much within this book, the first one she could come across as childish or annoying, and even though I still loved her then, I love her even more now.
Even though the story stretched on for years it was never boring, I never found myself skim reading, I was drinking in those words like I wanted to imprint them on my soul (seriously can you tell how much I loved this?) Ha!
I really like the new characters that were added, they were much better side characters that the ones from the first book, I really didn’t like any of those, but they were necessary for the story and were written not to be like, in my opinion anyway.
I really loved that there were a few plot twists throughout the story, a few I really wasn’t expecting, although one of the major ones did leave a little bit disappointed with the outcome, sort of, but it can’t always be a happy ending, especially when reading a story like this one, I wasn’t disappointed with the writing or anything, it just made me feel even more sadness for the characters.
I feel like I’m not even doing this book justice with this review, I don’t want to give away any spoilers because this is a book you really need to read yourself and get lost in this incredible world that Paullina Simons has created.
I will say lastly though, that the ending is probably my favourite ending to a book ever, there’s one line that made me weep, I literally got so emotional at the last page that I think I must have read it already four times. It was truly beautiful. I haven’t picked up the last book in the trilogy yet, the ending was so perfect that I’m just going to leave it there for a little while until I have time off work and can properly read the last one, but I’m nervous as I think it might not be as perfect a life for Alexander and Tatiana as I currently think, I just have a feeling…
Anyway, I highly recommend this trilogy, even if you don’t think you like historical romance, I certainly didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did.