Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Published on: March 2009 (Book 1)
Pages: 811 (book 1), 578 (Book 2), 755 (Book 3)
POV: Third person POV
Rating: 5 STARS (All Time Favorite)
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The Bronze Horseman (Book 1)
Tatiana and Alexander (Book 2)
The Summer Garden (Book 3)
I don’t remember when I first heard of this series. The background is The Soviet-German war in 1941 until 1999 where they have had to face another kind of war throughout the years. The story took me to the era that I’m not familiar, so after reading 2 pages I wasn’t sure I would finish the first book, let alone the whole series. The series has three books with more than 2000 pages a book. I usually read 1000 pages or less a book, so 2000 pages are a lot. It took me a while to finish it.
“Alexander, were you looking for me?”
“All my life.”
Holly cow, after 5 pages I became more and more addicted. I didn’t realize I had reached the last page of the first book. At the end of the day, I realized I didn’t sleep for two days (not kidding) and was ready for book two. I just woke up to eat and take a shower and then continue the process. I couldn’t put my iPad down even for a minute. I cried, laughed, smiled, grinned with them… living their lives.
“I love you breathlessly, my amazing man.”
“We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.”
I was totally in their world. This one below is the saddest part of book one for me and the most emotional I’d ever been.
“Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye and have faith, my Tatiana.”
I could feel their love for each other, their longing to be together, the situation around them, their tears, smiles, laughs. Their love. I felt their sadness, sorrow, struggles to be together while fighting to keep alive. They fought for their own lives and love. They fought for their family and their country.
“Will you remember that? Anywhere you are, if you can look up and find Perseus in the sky, find that smile, and hear the galactic wind whisper your name, you’ll know that it’s me, calling for you… calling you back to Lazarevo. (Alexander)”
“In Alexander’s life there was one thread that could not be broken by death, by distance, by time, by war. Could not be broken. As long as I am in the world, she said with her breath and her body, as long as I am, you are permanent, soldier.”
Even though the background is war, the whole story is about Tatiana and Alexander’s relationship–their love story. So, please don’t give up if you find lots of details about the war between The Soviet and German. Those are the things that support the love story itself. Be patient and keep reading. I promise you, not only are you going to enjoy it, you’ll find yourself in a new level of book love. You’re going to love this series above the ones you think you are crazy about.
“I love you. I’m blind for you, wild for you. Sick with you. I told you that our first night together when I asked you to marry me, I am telling you now. Everything that’s happened to us, everything, is because I crossed the street for you. I worship you. You know that through and through…”
Their love has been tested and won!
“Alexander, you broke my heart. But for carrying me on your back, for pulling my dying sled, for giving me your last bread, for the body you destroyed for me, for the son you have given me, for the twenty-nine days we lived like Red Birds of Paradise, for all our Naples sands and Napa wines, for all the days you have been my first and last breath, for Orbeli- I will forgive you. ”
This series has everything I love in love stories. I have never thought I would love a book the way I do this series. Excellent writing, fantastic storyline, amazing idea, and phenomenal characters. I can’t describe enough in words how amazingly great this series is. This is one of the unforgettable stories that has stayed with me for years. In fact, I still remember my experience while reading this incredible series. You have to “experience” it yourself to be able to feel it.
My all time favorite!!
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