The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

A book review
I write this piece with a bit of shame, also with a bit of pride, if that makes sense. I have to confess I do not rave over romance books. Though I do like romance, the exaggerated ideal of it in some books makes me cringe. My expectations for The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons were quite high; a sin I often commit when choosing what to read and of which I am trying to distance from. However, this book presented with a lot of promises, and at some point some failed to deliver. I state in advance, this is not a bad book, it is not, it just presents at some point that part of ideal romance books that I dread so much. So to summarize it, my heart was divided in this book. Keep reading to find out why, stop if you don’t want to be spoiled of the feelings I am about to share.
“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.”
Tatiana and Alexander are indeed one of the most romantic and tragic characters I’ve ever read, more so than Romeo and Juliet to be honest. Their love and devotion goes far beyond the logic of what a relationship could be. This situation mainly fueled by Leningrad Blockage, one of the cruelest and longest sieges in history during WWII. The scenes presented as Tatiana survives will give you nightmares, I sure had some. The pain they suffer as the story goes on will break your heart, as it did mine. But once the pain is gone, here comes the loving tender scenes long awaited like a torrential shower after a drought, which instead of satiating thirst, it leaves you drowning and wishing for it to stop. This is the best I can describe the period of Tatiana and Alexander after they reunite.

“What little I had was all for you. It was you who was everybody else’s. But I was only yours.”
I researched a bit on the other books, and I decided I will not read them as this torrential drama of combustible skin contact and foolish selflessness heartbreaks continues. I did enjoyed the first half of the book, though slow and morbid, as I felt for them, I truly felt for each one of the characters and even at some point found myself shouting at them while on the couch… but the other half was short from what I expected, too much skin, too little heart. It is not for me. For romance readers this is a must have, must own, must read and must treasure series. You are not a true romance fan if you have not read about Tatiana and Alexander. I, on the other hand, will continue my love for unexplored worlds and discoveries beyond our galaxy.



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