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The Summer Garden: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Paullina Simons
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The epic and monumental love story Paullina Simons began with her adored international bestseller The Bronze Horseman comes to a breathtaking conclusion. The Summer Garden is the third volume in Simons’s magnificent trilogy—a Russian Thorn Birds—which follows a love that survived the terrible siege of Leningrad during World War Two, a heartbreaking separation and a glorious reunion in America, only to be supremely tested by the hatred, fear, and uncertainty of the Cold War. You will never forget the lovers Tatiana and Alexander and their story of enduring love and commitment, and you will cherish every moment spent in The Summer Garden.

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The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them—and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.

With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son.

The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.

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  • File Size: 1476 KB
  • Print Length: 755 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061988227
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW782K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Tatia and Shura... July 30, 2007
After reading The Bronze Horseman for the third time and Tatiana & Alexander for the second, I got my hands on The Summer Garden (after ordering it from, of course).
The last in the trilogy, The Summer Garden was worth the wait. It works at a different speed than the other two. Where The Bronze Horseman was white-hot, full of adventure, betrayal and love and Tatiana & Alexander was full of tortured love, The Summer Garden is the "what happens next?"
When Tatiana and Alexander are finally able to be together, how do the handle their past and still manage to move forward? This book was much more about their relationship, rather than their love. Can they survive the day-to-day life and everything that goes with it?
Though this may seem like a boring premise for a book, it is actually quite engrossing. Seeing Alexander and Tatiana handle jobs and family and age may throw off some fans of The Bronze Horseman, but I couldn't put it down. I loved following these characters through the years. I think it was a great way to end the trilogy, I felt like I had lived the lives of these characters and when the characters are Tatiana and Alexander, that is a great feeling to have.
Now that I have finished this trilogy, I look forward to reading Simons' other novels.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Conclusion to this Trilogy September 23, 2006
*Possible Spoilers for those unfamiliar with the first two books*

The Summer Garden completes the trilogy that Paullina Simons began in The Bronze Horseman and continued in The Bridge to Holy Cross (UK title is Tatiana and Alexander), bringing to an end the story of lovers Tatiana and Alexander. The Bronze Horseman concerns the genesis of the love affair, when Alexander, a young soldier in the Red Army falls in love at first sight with Tatiana Metanova- the sister of his girlfriend, Dasha at the beginning of the second World War. The lovers first challenge is attempting to navigate their relationship to avoid hurting Dasha with whom Tatiana is very close. However that quickly takes a backseat when the siege of Leningrad begins and Tatiana fights for her own survival and that of her family. Eventually Tatiana and Alexander marry but Alexander is called back to the front- Tatiana follows him until Alexander realizes that a secret from his past is putting both of their lives in danger. In desperation he fakes his own death (which he believes is imminent) and assures that a pregnant and grieving Tatiana will give birth to her child in America. The sequel begins soon after- we learn that though Alexander has been taken prisoner he has survived and is desperately trying to get to Tatiana. Meanwhile a heartbroken Tatiana tries to make a life for herself and her newborn son in America, but is tormented by her lack of closure regarding Alexander's death. In desperation Tatiana leaves her son, Anthony with a friend, joins the Red Cross and goes to a recently defeated Berlin where she discovers Alexander in a POW camp. Alexander and Tatiana succeed in a desperate escape from Europe and are reunited with their son in America where they begin their lives together.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful conclusion to a fantastic epic love story April 15, 2007
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Alexander and Tatiana met and fell in love in The Bronze Horseman. Separated by betrayal and a world war, the two overcame incredible odds to find each other again in Tatiana & Alexander. In The Summer Garden, the final book in the trilogy, they are together at last, yes, but strangers. Changed in irrevocable ways by the circumstances they endured while apart, both must strive to let go of painful memories and learn to communicate again. This book is full of emotional highs and lows, and great joyful moments, as Tatiana and Alexander carve out a new life for themselves and their young son in America. It's a must read for anyone who loved the first two books!
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By Amy C
This third installment in the trilogy strongly finds its footing amidst the backdrop of America's Cold War. Tatiana & Alexander stumble along the way, trying to adjust to the more "mundane & everyday" course of living. They're trying to keep the fireworks alive in their marriage against the reality of 1950s conformity & conservatism (Simons really captures this era Extremely Well, reflective of peers, pressures -- very reminiscent of "Revolutionary Road").

On the path to rediscovering themselves and each other, this realistic portrayal of a Post-War Marriage finds universality no matter what era we're in, no matter which war. We all have our battles to face, be it our inner demons, our outer conflicts, finding meaningful work, while trying to meet each others needs and grow together. Everyday life ain't always easy.

To the Critics of this fine Swan Song, I say this: the thrill & adventure of the first 2 books (Bronze Horseman, Tatiana & Alexander) has No Place in this book! It is simply Not Realistic. The pacing is appropriate. And I still could not put the book down - I did not want this journey to end. For indeed, it is a journey of a lifetime.

To the Cynics of this story, is your life so fascinating & intense Every Day? Is it even possible to live it on the Edge like that? Bronze Horseman/Tatiana and Alexander captures all the highs & lows of a rollercoaster. And Summer Garden has plenty of highs & lows of its own. But it cannot be sustained in the "do or die" mode of WWII. It is not realistic.

My Grandfather fought in the French Resistance in WWII, hiding his family, risking his very life -- Can You Imagine the INTENSITY? The Stress? The Fear? The Audacity?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful love story.
You follow Alexander and Tatiana from beginning to end. You love, you laugh, you cry, you hurt right along with them. I'm sad to have finished. Read more
Published 16 days ago by lec
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect holiday read
I love reading these books on holidays - wonderfully melodramatic with enough historical content to give it substance
Published 18 days ago by tankgerl79
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Couldn't put any one of the three books down. Just had to find out how the whole story ended. Suspenseful and true love from beginning to end. Read more
Published 22 days ago by pretz
1.0 out of 5 stars Third Book very boring
I could not finish the book. After reading the first two and enjoying the second one the most, the third one was just boring. Read more
Published 24 days ago by V Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read, hard to put down!
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Anton
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Published 1 month ago by Kelly Jo dullen
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful, sweeping, epic love story I have ever had the...
Hands down, THE BRONZE HORSEMAN trilogy is the most beautiful, sweeping, epic love story I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.A. Redmerski
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Published 1 month ago by Jeannie Lott
2.0 out of 5 stars Finishes at last!
The first two books of the trilogy were phenomenal. The challenges of life faced by Tatiana and Alexander were breath stopping and thought provoking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan S. Waidenbaum
3.0 out of 5 stars The previous books in the trilogy were better.
Didn't finish it. The previous books in the trilogy were better.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Sandra Natividad
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Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, and Eleven Hours as well as the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives near New York City with her husband and most of her children.

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