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The Summer Garden: A Novel (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 3) by [Simons, Paullina]
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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: 2351 KB
  • Print Length: 755 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW782K
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Format: Hardcover
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 amazon.uk, 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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Format: Paperback
*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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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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What a hard way to get to a happy ending! Personally would of been happier not to of read this book. It's still a beautifully written and engaging story but it turned my feeling for Tatiana and Alexander upside down. The love they share becomes a destructive relationship with years and years of struggles to get to the happy ending. It may have been a realistic outcome of the life they have survived but I didn't feel this book was necessary.
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Too much. Too, too much. Why extend a great love story into a trilogy? (Answer: it probably involved money.)

The Bronze Horseman was an excellent story in many ways: the tense secret that is behind Alexander; the story of his parents; the overwhelming love between Tatiana and Alexander, which they had to conceal for so long; the siege of Leningrad and what it did to Tatiana's family...for these qualities, I would rate TBH a 90. It's got some real flaws -a cast of mostly weak, somewhat stereotypical, supporting characters --only Tatiana and Alexander seem fully drawn. But their story is so readable, their relationship so tension-driven and ultimately so loving, you can hardly put the book down.

The sequel to TBH, Tatiana and Alexander, I thought was less good, showing up all the poor qualities of Simons as a writer. Once again: somewhat shallow, poorly drawn supporting characters, who surround Tatiana in America, and then her inconclusive wanderings throughout the USA before she suddenly retrieves the decisive and stubborn character she had become at the end of TBH, and makes a plan to rescue Alexander. But, on the other hand, we learn more about Alexander (some of it not very heroic) and the escape is admirably tension-filled, despite all those unbelievable stops to make love... I'd rate it a 65-70.

But THE SUMMER GARDEN. THE SUMMER GARDEN begs the question: How much is too much when it comes to a great love story?

It's not a bad book -- bad in the sense of being unreadable -- but, I had a hard time picking it up again once I put it down. It was HEAVY going. Especially toward the end, when the chapters begin to speak to what's going on with the couple's children and grandchildren, it just became... very methodical, very slow.
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