Paullina Simons's internationally best-selling blockbuster The Bronze Horseman told the heart-soaring tale of a young Russian woman's transcendent love affair with a Red Army soldier during the siege of Leningrad in the dark days of World War II. The epic story continues in Tatiana and Alexander - a novel of the enduring power of love and commitment against the devastating forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peace. A sweeping, intensely compelling romantic historical saga, Tatiana and Alexander is a Russian Thorn Birds, and a truly unforgettable listening experience.
©2017 Paullina Simons (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
This book needs the voice of John Lee. Unfortunately James Langton didn't do it properly. His English pronunciation of Russian words was very annoying. I would have kept the book if John Lee was the narrator. As it is, I know I don't want to listen to it ever again.
Tatiana and Alexander may just be my favorite couple ever!!! I love how Paullina did flashbacks to give a backstory of the couple before and then during their struggles to be together. I'm starting The Summer Garden right now!
Every character!! James Langton is phenomenal. How he can transition from character to character so seamlessly amazes me. His performance in this trilogy is truly outstanding. He brings something different to every character that you wouldn't get from just reading the book. Instead of feeling like you're listening to a book, you almost feel emerged in the story and it's happening right in front of you. Bravo to James Langton.
Typically I find the second book of a trilogy to be the least enjoyable. Yes, this book is more about the struggles and revelations of the characters. However, Paullina Simons weaves the past and present beautifully together to tell an engrossing continuation of the incredible predecessor, TBH. This story was just as beautiful and exciting as the first. What more to say?! This trilogy is beautiful!!
The second installment in TBH series did not disappoint. Granted, much of it was filled with struggle, heartache, and tension, but it did not lack the eternal love and persistent hope generated in the first book. As much as this story is about loss it's also about a love so intense that it breeds hope during the most desperate of times.
The only downside was the use of too much flashbacks. Now Simons had been EFFECTIVELY using flashbacks to keep up tension and give the reader an understanding of Alexander's childhood up till that point but then she made a big mistake. There was quite a bit in the middle of the novel where as the author retold the story of Tatiana and Alexander which I thought made the story drag. However, because of the tension, the heart-breaking suspense, I loved this book regardless.
I am so glad that this trilogy finally came out in the audio format, although James Langton (a very good narrator) would not have been my choice for TBH series.
The Bronze Horseman is one of my favorite books. Second sequel did not disappoint. I couldn't stop listening!
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