Friday Recommends is a weekly meme hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper where we bloggers recommend books we've read in the past to our readers! This week, I'm recommending The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. This book was actually featured in my very first review here at Books Are My Heroine (which can be found in the review catalogue) but I thought I was feature it again here because it really is one of the best books I have ever read. Here's the Goodreads summary:
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.
The Bronze Horseman is a gorgeously written love story set against the background of Russia in World War II. Tatiana is the perfect heroine: she is brave, selfless, innocent and optimistic, despite all the horrors happening around her. Her strength is inspiring and now, when my friends and I face hard times, we often say what would Tatiana do? Alexander, on the other hand, is the perfect hero; strong, courageous, sexy and a little rough around the edges. Their love story is intense and moving, often bringing me to tears. This is the first book in a trilogy, so I urge everyone to read The Bronze Horseman and its followers, Tatiana and Alexander and The Summer Garden. All three are touching, beautiful and will stay with you long after you turn the last page.