[562]: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons


The Bronze Horseman / Paullina Simons

I have an insatiable appetite for historical romance. Epic love stories that usually take place during the war. There’s just something about overcoming difficult situations that make the romance even that much more remarkable — unforgettable. The passion is more intense. I’m convinced that the added danger elevates it to another level.

The Bronze Horseman is a beast that I’ve been meaning to slay for years now.  I’ve read so many glowing reviews about this book/series. Unfortunately, an eight-hundred-pager was something I could not afford – time wise.  So for months after I got my Audible account, I’ve been checking to see if this book was available for download. Fast forward to now, and I’m sitting here afflicted with the worst case of book hangover.

If you must know, the book is set in World War II Russia. The Germans are on the attack. We find a very young Tatiana on an errand to buy supplies to get them through a war that set the country in a panic. With her red dress and heeled sandals, she looked older than her barely 17 years of age. While waiting for her bus, she buys an ice cream ( creme brûlée). The imagery speaks of how carefree she is even with the news of a German invasion. She even forgets the list of things she needed to buy. There wasn’t any sense of urgency. While she was waiting for the bus, she notices a decorated soldier watching her every move. He’s handsome. He approaches her, then they talk a little. They get on the bus. They wait each other out. As if they’re playing chickens. Soon, the bus empties leaving her, the soldier,  and the bus driver.  It was such a unassuming meeting. Uneventful. But while all those were happening, I had a sense that something bad was going to happen right there and then. So I wait. And I wait.

That pretty much sums up how I felt while reading this novel. I was kept in suspense, but most of the time, of my own making. I was always waiting for the bad things to happen, because – well, the book is about a Russian army officer who was harbouring a very dangerous secret, and there was one person who knew how to use this knowledge to his advantage. Also, because the book was about war, in a place that doesn’t prosper liberty to begin with. Tatiana and Alexander also has to keep their relationship under wraps, so as much as this book was about romance, my heart was going a mile a minute because I was kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.

This book may look daunting at first, but I promise you that you will not be able to put it down. It will have you mesmerized from the first page until the very last. The ending may have destroyed a piece of my soul. But I take comfort in the fact that I have the next book in the series. It was everything I’ve expected and everything I didn’t. Paullina Simons spun a web so intrinsically crafted that a reader will not have no choice but to read upon bated breath.


GOODREADS SUMMARY | September, 2009 | 810 pp. | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars 


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On the Night Table [26]: Derailed in Russia


Planning what to read ahead of time typically works well for me. I get my ARCs and review copies done and sometimes, I’m able to squeeze some pleasure reading in between. Well, last week, when I got the email from Audible about The Bronze Horseman, I knew the books on my queue were done for.  Because I’ve been watching and hoping that they’ll be available for download for the longest time, and I knew I would jump at the chance as soon they have it. So for the better part of my week, I was simultaneously reading and listening to the first book.

Epic doesn’t even come close. I loved it. I ranted about it on Twitter. I couldn’t get enough.

Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed. And probably will remain obsessed until I finished every single book from this series. This week, I don’t plan on reading anything else. I am, once again, behind by a week. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m behind on blogging. I’m actually still quite a few days ahead. So I think I can afford to be distracted by my new favourite literary couple. Reviews for these books will be up some time next week.

  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
  • Amplified by Tara Kelly
  • Long Change by Don Gillmor
What’s on your night table this week?
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On the Night Table [20]: Gone Fishing


Hello, dear readers!

As some of you may know, I will be on holidays this week. Which means, I may be off the grid for the next 7 days. The internet reception at the cabin is spotty at best, so I might not be able to visit you. I will try my best, anyhow.

This week’s reading pile might just be a bit ambitious, but not because of the books featured above. I’ll get to that in a bit. I have one book for review (I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers) and a couple of books that I wanted to read just because. Since I will not be doing much on my holidays (besides read), I thought this is the perfect opportunity to tackle a book that I’ve always wanted to read but couldn’t get to.


This behemoth clocks in at 861 pages. I’m going to finally attempt to read this since it’s been sitting in my shelves for years now. I had a choice between this one and starting the Harry Potter series. But I decided to read the HP books with my son. Wish me luck!


Gosh, I’ve read quite a few books this week. I discovered Penny Reid through This Girl Reads A Lot’s blog. I was hooked, and couldn’t stop downloading her books. Needless to say, I’ve been spending a few bucks on her this week. Lol. The rest of the books off my TBR are as follows:

  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human [Knitting in the City, #1] by Penny Reid
  • Friends Without Benefits [Knitting in the City, #3] by Penny Reid
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • The Beauty and the Moustache by Penny Reid
I hope you’ll all have a great week! Happy reading.


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