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The Summer Garden

By Paullina Simons

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Format: Paperback, 742 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 November 2006
A novel tracing the enduring power of love and commitment against the forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peaceFrom 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.

About the Author

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She has worked as a financial journalist and translator. She lives near New York with her husband and four children. Visit her website, paullinasimons.com, for more information about her bestselling novels.

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The Summer Garden 'Simons has written a book that is high on feeling and suspense' Sydney Morning Herald Tatiana and Alexander 'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair ! It also has -- thank goodness -- a welcome sense of humour and discernable characters rather than ciphers.' Victoria Moore, Daily Mail The Bronze Horseman 'Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre, while Tolstoy's War and Peace carries off the literary honours ! it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga ! She is able to make some powerful statements about the durability of the human spirit, but never at the expense of descriptive passages refulgent with power and beauty' Barry Forshaw, amazon Praise for Tully: "Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next.! Read it and weep -- literally" Company

In this, the worthy final volume of a trilogy that began with The Bronze Horseman-the hugely popular novel about Tatiana and Alexander, young lovers who survive the siege of Leningrad and worse-Tatiana and Alexander have escaped the Soviet Union to take up life as postwar American citizens; with their young son they roam from state to state until they settle, finally, in Arizona. While there is a great deal of compelling material, Simons is clearly hard-pressed to build a story without the structure provided by WWII; instead, less tangible issues (post-traumatic stress, trust, fidelity, the role of women in the workplace) as well as lengthy flashbacks fill the gap until the Vietnam War provides a framework and closure. While some will find Simons's style overly sentimental and operatic, the story is easy to fall in to, and Tatiana and Alexander remain compelling to the end. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

EAN: 9780007162499
ISBN: 0007162499
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 4.7 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Carly on
 
A beautifully written (once again) end to an incredible story. Couldn't get away from this book, much like the previous two. If you thought you hadn't already been through enough emotions with Tatiana and Alexander in The Bronze Horseman and The Bridge to the Holy Cross, you're wrong. The Summer Garden brings about a whole new set of issues and problems for this couple who spend their life's energy being with each other.
Jess on
 
I didnt imagine shura and tania acting the way they did at times in this final novel of an amazing trilogy. At times i found it hard to follow the format the Paulina simons chose to write with, but i think the main reason i was dissapointed with the love story that seemed to take over my life for a while was because, in my eyes that is not how i wanted the characters to behave - i wanted them to be like shura and tania from the Bronze Horseman. But still a must to read - it has to finished in order to seal the love story in your heart...
Katie on
 
The third and final book about Tatiana and Alexander. This isn't an easy book to read, it is heartbreaking and difficult to image your beloved characters behaving this way, but it is a must way to end their story, following their struggle to be together in a new country and find their place with each other.
Beth on
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I really enjoyed the 2 books before this one: The Bronze Horseman and The Bridge to Holy Cross, but I have not been able to get into The Summer Garden. The other two books were unputdownable where as The Summer Garden I have been struggling to read which is a shame.

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