The Highs: Tatiana is a force to be reckoned with, the kind of tiger woman that charges (literally) into the line of fire for someone she loves. There are so many moments when Tatiana acts so selflessly brave that I was brought to tears, not mentioning the gorgeous descriptions of the love between Tatiana and Alexander and the heart-wrenching dialogue.
And then there's Alexander. Sigh. While this blog is meant to be focused on female characters, I have to give a mention to the strongest, sexiest, swoon-worthy hero I have ever come across. You'll be in love by the time you've finished reading this book.
The Lows: Chalk it up to the lack of Russian history on the Canadian school cirriculum, but I was mostly ignorant to the hardships endured by the Soviets during communism and especially during World War II. Reading about Tatiana's life during the blockade, crafted so realistically by the author, broke my heart. This book prompted further research into the subject and, unfortunately, I was sad to find out that the conditions displayed in the book are all true to history.
I also wouldn't recommend this book if you're squeamish about scenes of a sexual nature. There is quite A LOT of sexy time going down.
Final Thoughts: The Bronze Horseman is one of my favourite books of all time. Its some of the most tender and emotionally-charged writing I've come across and you can't helped but be completely absorbed into Tatiana's world.
Rating: I give it ten vodka shots out of ten. To Mother Russia!
Connect to the author, Paullina Simons here at her website.
Photo from Enyaw Wetterhorn's blog.