The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman

by Paullina Simons


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USA Today Bestseller

Called “a Russian Thorn Birds,” The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is a sweeping saga of love and war that has been a monumental bestseller all over the world. The acclaimed author of Tully, Simons has written a stirring tale of devotion, passion, secrets, betray, and sacrifice. “A love story both tender and fierce” (Publishers Weekly ) that “Recalls Dr. Zhivago” (People Magazine), The Bronze Horseman is rich and vivid historical fiction at its finest.

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061854149
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Series: Bronze Horseman Series , #1
Pages: 832
Sales rank: 50,971
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Paullina Simons is the author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman, as well as ten other beloved novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and two children’s books. Born in Leningrad, Russia, Paullina immigrated to the United States when she was ten, and now lives in New York with her husband and an alarming number of her once-independent children.

Customer Reviews

Bronze Horseman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 337 reviews.
MISS_READ_IT More than 1 year ago
My God. This book completely ripped my heart out. This is a romance unlike any other, beautiful and raw and achingly tender. A story of war and life and brutal, relentless need. About family, and the unbreakable power of love. The writing took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. I want to curl up in a ball and sob until the hurt goes away. I want to hug this book to my chest and memorize the passages and the poetry and never, ever forget the way I felt when I turned the last page.  I LIVE for books like this. Books that NAIL what life is really about. Books that make you feel grateful for every single breath you take.  I'm not even playing, you guys. The character development in this book  is unreal - after one book, these characters feel like family to me. The love story will torment you and then make your heart soar; you will want to pull your hair out and then dance around in circles. This book is about life. I don't know if I'm even really expressing what is so wonderful about this book. The writing is just incredible - lyrical and honest. It is heartbreaking and bittersweet. It is a golden summer afternoon and a burning winter chill. War Romance at its absolute best.  If you can't tell, I highly recommend this book. Please go read it. You will not regret it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The e-book version is incomplete. It is missing about 100 pages of the story. After Alexander and Tatiana are in the tent in Lazarevo it skips to a new chapter where Tatiana is sad in bed because Alexander has left while the 4 old women are discussing it. It's missing crucial info to the story and their relationship. I have a Nook and had to buy the paperback. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with the e-book version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bought this eBook and read the reviews before purchasing it. Some reviews dating further back stated that the eBook was missing around 200 pages. With none of the recent reviews stating this, I was hoping this had been fixed. I just opened the eBook and was VERY disappointed to see that there are only 649 pages when the product details state there should be 832. I was SO excited to read this trilogy however now I don't know if I even want to start the book if I am going to miss that much! I just wanted to warn those who are thinking about buying the book that there ARE missing pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my top five favorites of all time. I am a lifelong voracious reader but "The Bronze Horseman" stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away. Having a particular fondness for historical fiction and WWII, I can't believe it took me so long to discover this incredibal author and this amazing book. There are really no words to describe this book. Just read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I could have gone with without the pretty explicit sexual parts though. But besides that, it was EXCELLENT. I LOVED the story and the characters.
Arali More than 1 year ago
Once in a while a book comes along that will capture you and doesn't let you go until it has shared its last word. This is such a book. The Bronze Horseman is the first book of three that deal with the lives of Tatiana and Alexander, a young couple who meet and fall in love amid the first waves of WWII. A nearly 17 year-old Tatiana Metanova wakes up one morning to a radio announcement that Hitler has just invaded the Soviet Union. The country is now at war and Tatiana is sent out in a rush to buy whatever she can get her hands on. Overwhelmed with the frenzy of her countrymen and having no luck securing provisions for her family, Tatiana takes an ice cream break on a street bench waiting for her bus. From across the street she notices a young Red Army officer watching her intently. He crosses the street towards her and from then on Tatiana's life begins a rollercoaster ride of passion, tragedy, betrayal, danger, and profound love. Alexander is a young man with a dangerous secret and a tragic past. He has one desire which he has been carefully planning for since he was a teenager--to escape from Soviet Russia. His plans are dangerously close to changing forever when he spies the beautiful young woman sitting on a bench from across the street. She is humming to herself, eating an ice cream cone; the red strappy-heeled shoes she borrowed from her big sister, Dasha, on her feet swinging to and fro. Alexander is lost at the vision of this young woman in her white dress with the roses. Her image is forever imprinted in his mind. Should he walk away? Stick to his plans with no complications? Or should he cross the street? He takes the step into her life and into her heart. But the horrors of war looms in the near distance. Will it tear them apart? Will they survive? Paullina Simons gives a harrowing account of the seige of Leningrad and pays homage to her beloved grandparents in this well crafted story of love and war. It kept me engaged from beginning to end never once letting me go to catch my breath. Every detail is lovingly embellished with beauftiful prose drawing you in to breathe, eat and drink their experiences as if they were your own. It is masterful storytelling, but a double-edged sword as some of her detail can become too much information, making me feel like a voyeur in their most intimate moments. Yet, it does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a feeling many of those are planted reviews or these people don't read much. The book is just too long and the story too stretched out. I would trust the words people say in the 3 star reviews the most.
AlisaLorrine More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of the first time I fell in love. 17.. a whirlwind of emotions, the uncontrollable emotional roller coaster, not being able to breathe in the presence of that person... Young romance done in an adult way. The story itself is rich, twisting and engaging. Couldn't put it down. Fabulous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is epic. No words to describe this book other than it is beautifully written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging and easy to follow great historical fiction with love
Burns49 More than 1 year ago
A very good read,however I think a lot of the book was missing from the ebook. I am going to the public library today and check it out. It seemed to change scenes changed to quickly from one place to another place and time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed sections of this book. Obviously the author has real knowledge of life in the USSR under Stalin and specifically of Leningrad's dark blockaded days of WW2. I did however tire through some portions.. 100 or so pages of their love making in the woods after marrying I skipped, not because it was graphic sex but because it was so entirely repetitive. It was also irritating to this reader that two lovers who were supposed to be soulmates continually misunderstood, mistrusted, lied to, and argued with each other. It may be 200 pages too long for so much of what I have described could have been edited out. I seem to be in the minority but I could not give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so Angry right now...I am in the middle of reading this on my Nook and it is missing over 200 pages...I am calling tomorrow, I want a refund!  I will have to go the store and pick up a paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good insight into russia during WW 1, sad, but also kinda sexy interesting but a little long, could easily have been 200 pages shorter, but a good read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books! I didnt think i was gone get thrue the 810 pages but ,3 days later i started Tatiana & Alexander. I have to find out what happens !! Loved this story, its like youre there .
kirten More than 1 year ago
Basically its like pearl harbor only ten times more intense. i couldnt put the book down. My boyfriend even got mad at me for not talking to him. He tells me, "i hate that book." so it must be good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good story but I think there is too much wasted time. I think book 3 could have been completely eliminated and nothing would have been lost (Book 2 wasn't there and I didn't missi it either)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked the book up on a whim while at Barnes and Noble. I wasn't sure what I was in for but I loved the book enough that I finished it in 5 days. I didn't know squat about the Soviet Union being part of WWII and was completely intrigued, just couldn't put it down. The love makeing in the middle did get a bit annoying as it went on forever, but otherwise this is a great read!
luvlit More than 1 year ago
The Bronze Horseman is a complicated and beautiful love story set against the backdrop of WWII during the siege of Lenningrad. If you're going to read this one, I highly recommend reading the second in the series, "Tatiana and Alexander," which I liked even better. I'm waiting for the third installment, "The Summer Garden" to come in the mail. The author's writing style (and the oftentimes frustrating love triangle) may throw you off at first, but stick with it and you'll be greatly rewarded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great emotionally arresting literary work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed most of the book. The detailed descriptions of daily soviet life in Leningrad: communal living, the food, the streets of the city, the Neva River, etc were wonderful. I have been to Russia,have studied Russian history, and appreciated the details of living through the seige, the severe hunger,exhaustionand hopelessness. However, better editing was needed to eliminate the redundancy of the lovemaking scenes. I agree with most of the other reviewers in that the middle of this book could have been greatly condensed. It almost ruins the story with its amateurish repetitions. 200+ pages could easily be eliminated. I love most of the book, would love to see a revised, better edited version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book about 4 years ago and till this day it is my go to book to reread . You will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the most consuming stories I was fortunate enough to stumble upon. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who loves passionate romances and vivid historical details. I will treasure this story for many years to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This rating is a farce. Courtney has the wrong email address!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago