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Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Summer Garden (Tatianna and Alexander #3) By Paullina Simons

From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.

Tatiana and Alexander have since suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world. But though they are only in their twenties, in their hearts they are old, and they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family. Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son?

Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents.

Holly's Thoughts:

 This book was my absolute favorite of the series, also the one that made my heart break the most. The Summer Garden encompasses over 50 years of Tatiana & Alexanders life. There is joy and pain and heartbreak, but this no longer war pain, this is their real life together beginning! In this book, the war is over and they now have to learn to live life with each other, and the sweet little Antman, whom I absolutely LOVED, even though they are virtually strangers!! Out of fear of revealing too much, I will only say that if your heart can survive The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana & Alexander, you absolutely have to read The Summer Garden. It was well worth the wait(took over a month to get to me)!!!

I really enjoyed watching their lives unfold, the good and the bad, and yes, occasionally Alexander was a real A-hole, but we REALLY grow to understand him, and I believe in the end, love him even more. I found my self fully engulfed in tears without even realizing I was crying for them. If you want to feel an epic love story with your whole and complete soul, I can't recommend this series enough!!!

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