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The Summer Garden

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I don't agree with the naysayers

Now this book is very different from the first two books, but still very good. Instead of seeing your sweet love story you saw in the first book, the relationship is now more realistic, dealing real life problems. Their relationship has their problems (what relationship...
Now this book is very different from the first two books, but still very good. Instead of seeing your sweet love story you saw in the first book, the relationship is now more realistic, dealing real life problems. Their relationship has their problems (what relationship doesn't), but you still see that they love to each other. I don't agree with the other reviews on this story, that not only ruin the book before you read it, but claims disappointment that their love is not an 'oh so perfect love'. However, I think the author tries to make their relationship more like the relationships you do see around your own world. She has them overcome problems and shows their agony and disappointments in each other and how they deal with it. Now my only problem with this book is towards the end... too many things going on with the children and their children's children that it gets a bit chaotic, but by the time you make it to the last chapter, it ends quite simply, it ends how we all imagine true love, 'oh so perfect love', to end... to grow old with each other...

posted by 3070891 on December 27, 2011

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4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Stay away!

This book has material which is not relevant to the overall story and makes for dull reading. The use of the f word is used to the point that it takes away from the story. There are too many low points and not many exciting highs in this book.

posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2007

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    So disappointed

    I loved the first book in this series...so much so that it's my favorite book now. The second book wasn't as good, but I still enjoyed it. I wish I didn't read this last one. I've actually tried to forget it by rereading the first, bc the events in this book almost ruin their entire story. First, it was boring. While I couldn't put down The Bronze Horseman, I could barely read through two chapters of this before setting it aside. I had to force myself to finish it, and I wish I hadn't, because I started to hate Alexander for acting in a way that was completely out of character and unbelievable. He was amazing until almost the end, then does something horrible, and I'm supposed to love him again by the end? Also, the ending had way too much going on, trying to introduce their entire family. I'm so upset with how this ended...I wish she would write a new ending and throw this one out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    I have to say that I was quite disappointed with this third nove

    I have to say that I was quite disappointed with this third novel of the TBH trilogy. I absolutely loved the first one, couldn't put it down, couldn't stop crying, couldn't wait to read the others. The second book, the Road to Holy Cross, was good and I actually found the middle section very helpful, because after reading that part, everything mentioned in TBH added up. To be very honest, I wished Alexander and Tatiana weren't as old (Iknow they were only 27 and 22 but that was the age I thought they’d be at the end of the third book!)  - I had envisioned the trilogy to be about their undying love in their prime years, not when they're 80, as portrayed in the third book. The third book... Well, I couldn't really understand it. First of all, and this was a massive wake up call to me, was how violent Alexander was, not just to other men but also to Tatiana, his wife. WIFE, Shura, not your punching bag. The way he is portrayed to grab her and leave bruises on her and shoves her awoke me from my belief that Alexander was protective of Tatia, but not violent towards her. In the first book, he promised he "would never hurt" her. Hypocrite. And for that, I can't tell you how much I resent Alexander now, and how much he’s changed. But what angers me more, is that he abuses Tatiana, who comes crawling to him and begging for him to look at her.  I cannot believe he cheated on her. Bastard. I also don't understand why he won't talk to her, or show her any affection in the first part. I thought he loved her??? I know he admits why, but it doesn't make sense to me. I know they are trying to make it all realistic, but for god's sake, its a fantasy LOVE novel. I WANT it to be an undaunted, undying, unaffected, un-aging novel. A book we all wished our life was like. I hated the way they both still seem to have intimate relationships with other people – Alexander cheated and Tatiana didn’t really say anything to fight off that Steve guy. I think there was just too much going on in this book. One out of five. 

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Should never have been written

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Bronze Horseman, and even Tatiana and Alexander, but it would be hard to follow up on those two stories. The "Garden" was pretty much filled with fluff, and no really interesting storyline. We all wished Tatiana and Alexander a wonderful life, and should have let them go after the second story.

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    Posted August 4, 2011

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