Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons

19 Nov

ImageTitle: Tatiana and Alexander

Author: Paullina Simons

Publisher: Avon

Published: July 2010

Pages: 576

The epic saga of love and war continues–the heart-stopping sequel to Paullina Simons’s beloved international bestseller “The Bronze Horseman.”

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.

My Rating: 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

This is with out a doubt one the most EPIC love stories of all time! I fell in love with the characters and the writing in The Bronze Horseman and this sequel definitely did not disappoint! Like the first this one was passionate, tragic, and beautiful. I loved every heartbreaking second of it as much as I loved the heartwarming moments and there were definitely plenty of both!

Tatiana and Alexander were separated at the end of The Bronze Horseman, Tania thinking that her beloved husband was dead and Alexander thinking his death wes imminent. This story picks up where the first one left off but it also has flashbacks and memories that fill in some blanks. You get to see Alexander’s whole story of his life leading up to meeting Tania and you also get to see more of the precious time that they spent together in Lazarevo. There were also quite a few parts where in the first book you see them through Tania’s eyes, but now get to see them through Alexander’s!

In the end of the last book, Alexander fakes his own death so that pregnant Tania will escape to America. Now Alexander faces the wrath of the Soviet Union and Tania faces life in America with her newborn son. To say that they have issues adjusting to life without each other is putting it lightly. Their love is so incredible strong and real that is heartbreaking to see them struggling so, so much. Both characters are still as resilient, loving, and strong as in the first book and also, like the first book, this one is packed full with passion and longing and pain. Paullina Simons definitely has an incredible talent for making the reader feel all of the same emotions as the characters.

One of the most amazing thing about this books is how completely faithful Alexander and Tania both are to each other. She believes that he is dead and he believes that he will never see her again but still their love for each other never lets them give up hope! It’s absolutely beautiful!

Although I LOVED this book at times it was difficult to get through because it would make me that upset, especially near the end! The end is summed up fairly well but wasn’t quite satisfying so I’m ecstatic that there is a third book that will continue the story of the beautiful and painful lives of Tatiana and Alexander!

This is a must read sequel to the unforgettable book The Bronze Horseman!


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