- Page Count: 559
- Release Date: July 29, 2010
- My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads book description:
Paullina Simons’s internationally bestselling 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 Two. 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 reading experience.
I wasn’t as into this book as much as The Bronze Horseman, but it was still good! The middle kind of drags, but obviously if you made it that far you need to see them reunited and the end is worth it. This is still one of the better WWII stories I’ve found!
Alexander’s POV alternated between his childhood move to Russia and his current miserable suicide mission. A lot of scenes from The Bronze Horseman were told again through his perspective. I liked him way more in this book — he’s a lot nicer seen through his own eyes. His battle scenes were pretty intense, but I still found myself wanting them to hurry up so he could maybe possibly SOMEDAY be reunited with Tatiana.
But I absolutely loved Tatiana’s story in New York! She’s grown so much from the naive girl she was at the beginning of the first book. She’s trying to raise her son, work, and navigate an entirely foreign culture. Her clueless American friend Vikki’s “issues” were a great contrast to show the hell that Tatiana’s been through. I really wish there had been more to this side of the story, though. It felt like it just glossed over most bits here and there, yet it was by far the most interesting part of the book.
So obviously Tatiana figures out Alexander’s message to her from the end of the first book and then goes off on some crazy attempt to rescue him from a concentration camp. What she ends up doing is incredible and the end was super intense. I loved the scene where they meet, but then they quickly got on my nerves like they did occasionally in the first book. Again, all they can do is argue and have sex and be dramatic. I mean, they’re on the run from freaking Nazis with dogs and what sounds like half of Russia… priorities, people.
The ending was sweet, but really sudden. So I’m hoping that after all of the stress of this book they can actually BE together in the next one (and maybe now Alexander can chill with the anger issues). They’ve survived some pretty horrible situations and deserve a few days of peace.
So this story itself kind of irritated me at times and was definitely drawn out, but I still like the time period! But the main thing I got from this story: if I ever have a time machine, I’m avoiding 20th century Russia like mad…