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Children of Liberty (The Bronze Horseman 0.5)

3.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,752 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
Before Tatiana and Alexander . . . before Leningrad and Lazarevo . . . before everything, there was Gina Attaviano, who came from Belpasso to Boston's Freedom Docks seeking a new and better life. There she meets Harry Barrington. Their bond is instantaneous, urgent . . . but so are the forces against them.

At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, the
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2012)
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This book is a prequel to the wildly popular Bronze Horseman trilogy, a series I enjoyed a lot despite the need for a red-pencil guy (book #3 went on and on and on). Readers familiar with the back history of Alexander's parents have an expectation of what they're likely to find in this book, so I won't spoil for those new to the story. Unfortunately, this book ends where it should have been started, and I hear that there's at least one more book in the works to tell the story that fans of these ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

"Never forget where you came from."
Before Tatiana and Alexander
Before Leningrad and Lazarevo
Before everything, there was Gina from Belpasso who came to Boston's Freedom Docks to find a new and better life and met Harry Barrington who was searching for hos."

! I never wanted to read this.
What's the point when we know how the story ends, it can bring nothing but heartache?
So I thought that I'd just skip this one and go directly to Bellagrand,
to meet a young Alexander.
What made me finally pick
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Turn of the century Boston
Rating: 2.5 stars

Gina Attaviano sails with her family from Sicily to Freedom Docks Boston,where she meets Harry Barrington. Though Gina only has eyes for Harry,as he is the scion of a wealthy family there is no hope for her. However, five years later Gina-now Jane-is a college student graduate and Harry is a struggling academic plagued by his parent's demands that he give up his career to join the family business. A chance meeting alters their lives. As they be
Oct 11, 2012 Paiman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of Paullina Simon's work, in particular her Bronze Horseman series, this book was both to be excited and nervous about.

Since this can be thought of as a prequel to TBH series, many already knew how the story of Jane and Harold Barrington ended, but not the "beginning" and "middle" part of their story. I would say that Children of Liberty is about the start of their story. It didn't ruin the book for me, but I thought this book would be more of their life together and their is still pl
Oct 10, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Paullina Simon's novels
Children of Liberty is the prequel to Paullina Simons much loved Bronze Horseman series. Set in Boston at the turn of the last century, it tells the story of the forbidden love between Gina Attaviano and Harry Barrington, who feature as Alexander’s parents in The Bronze Horseman. Fourteen-year-old Gina, just arrived from Sicily with her mother and brother Salvo, first meets Harry and his best friend Ben as the young men try to drum up customers for their apartments for immigrants near the Freedo ...more
Jacinta Boland
Sep 30, 2012 Jacinta Boland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly the anticipation was the only form of pleasure here. Simons forgot to make her characters likeable before they started behaving badly and I was grateful when the weak plot (full of weird inclusions at the the end, added in attempt to make it all come together?) finally ground to a halt. Preachy, tedious and utterly underwhelming. I am not sure I can put it on the shelf beside its much-loved cousins from the same author.
Rachel Zylstra
Oct 08, 2012 Rachel Zylstra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to give this 5 stars because I just smashed the last 100 pages and am on a total high! But I can't forget the slow, sinking and eerily disappointing feeling I had for the first half of the book.

There was a lot of character development and introductions to get through. In true Paullina Simons style she does not hold out with her pen. But after about 100 pages I was losing interest and getting VERY worried about where this whole thing was going.

But I knew I shouldn't have stressed about i
Aug 18, 2015 Mollie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It’s late afternoon on the wide Hampton beach; it’s gray and foggy when he kisses her. He’s never kissed Sicilian lips before, only Bostonian. There is a boiling ocean of contrast between the two. Boston girls were born and raised on soil that was frozen from October to April and breathed through perfectly colored mouths that took in chill winds and fog from the stormy harbor. But his Sicilian queen has roamed the Mediterranean meadows and her abundant lips breathed in fearsome fire from Typhon ...more
Athena Macmillan
I am a big fan of Paullina Simons and as such had huge expecations for this book, thinking it would draw me in as her others have so successfully.

Honestly? I was bored. The book droned on terribly with a very predictable run, including the long expected 'plot-twist' at the end. It almost seemed as though Simons wanted to see how much political diatribe she could fit in one book and still call it a romance, which is a terrible pity because the beginning chapters held so much promise!

Because of t
Jun 18, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2014
I was lucky enough to meet Paullina Simons on her recent book tour in Sydney as she promoted Children of Liberty and as I loved The Bronze Horseman and The Summer Garden I was really excited about this book.

Children of Liberty is a prequel to The Bronze Horseman and is set in Boston in 1899 and is about Harold Barrington and Gina Attaviano (Jane) who became Alexander’s parents.

It is about how they met when Gina and her mother and brother first arrived in the States and how against all odds, they
Oct 17, 2012 Kathi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit disappointing. Still enjoyable but nowhere near the intensity of how I feel for all of her other stories. Have no idea whatsoever what Gina saw in Harry. None. He was a spineless idiot.
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Oh God, I am bracing my heart to be broken. The pain of loving this series is so great, I can't live without it. A prequel- it will be so sad!!!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
From what I can gather, Children of Liberty is the first book in a new series, which leads up to her most popular series, the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy. I haven't read that series yet, though I plan to begin it in the next week or so, but my research indicates that the main characters in Children of Liberty, are the parents in The Bronze Horseman. Sadly, while an okay read, all signs indicate that Children of Liberty pales in comparison to Simons' previous works.

By far, the biggest problem h
Edee Fallon
Okay...So hear me out. I've not yet read a raving review and I get it. I get it. I get it. But, I have my own opinion on Children of Liberty. I rated it five stars and this is why...

Anyone who knows me or that follows me on gr, fb or my book blog knows that The Bronze Horseman series isn't just a book series to me. I don't even know how to put into words what these books are to me. It's just impossible. Believe me, I've tried. Words fail me every time. I believe, and this is not an attempt to sw
Nov 08, 2013 Keighley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Woah cant believe the reviews for this!! Think I will skip it & go straight to Bellagrand .

Shuras parents might be awful, awful people but I want to know what happened to them!
Dec 06, 2012 Ack1977 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. I loved the bronze horseman for the historical setting and was expecting more of the same from the prequel. Instead the book plodded along with Harold's indecisions and then ended prematurely.
Nicole Karlson
Jul 20, 2015 Nicole Karlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure about this book at first because it started out kind of slow, but I ended up loving it. I'm going straight into Bellagrand and can't wait to find out what happens next!
Alexis Farley
Too much talk about politics, slow moving plot, unlikable boring characters - very disappointing.
Reese White
Apr 24, 2012 Reese White marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think I just got tears in my eyes...a bronze horseman prequel!!!
Dale Harcombe
It took me a long time to get into this book. The fact that I took so long to read it and read other books in between, shows that I was never wholly engaged with the characters and the story. This is the first Paullina Simons book I have read. It started off well with the Attaviano family off to America from Sicily, where they meet Ben and Harry. The banter between Ben and Harry and other characters later on in the book I found annoying and overdone.
I had to laugh at some of the attitudes of th
Jan 17, 2013 Dayna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I think the best thing this book had going for it was that it was extremely easy to read.

Now, it’s been years since I read the first two books in the Bronze Horseman trilogy, so I’ll be really honest in that I could remember absolutely nothing about the parents from those books, and I probably missed some of the “snippets” that tied back to the original trilogy that might have made this book better.

I felt that the book was lacking a plot – it felt like the author had had the material to write a
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
From the first line, I knew this wasn't my book. Tell-not-show is my reader-ly pet peeve, especially in historical fiction, and the opening chapters felt heavy with telling. I ended up DNFing this book at 104 pages as I just couldn't stand Simons' writing style.

Set in 1899, Sicilian Gina -- on the cusp of turning 15 -- emigrates to the US with her mother and older brother. Upon landing in Boston, they meet Harry Barrington and Ben Shaw, Boston brahmins who manage apartments for newly arrived imm
Children of Liberty is a prequel to Paullina Simons "Bronze Horseman Trilogy", which are my favorite books of all time. So I was really looking forward to this prequel. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. The first three-fourths of the book was really slow going for me. A lot of time was spent on secondary characters and/or historical facts, and not enough time on the relationship developing between Gina/Jane and Harry. By the end of the story I really wasn't feeling the ...more
Bem, nem sei por onde começar. Que desilusão. Sou grande fã da Paullina Simons e da sua trilogia Tatiana e Alexander. Children of Liberty é a primeira parte da prequela da trilogia. Narra a estória de Gina e Harry, os pais de Alexander, como se conheceram e apaixonaram. Este livro peca pela falta de empatia com as personagens. Se por um lado Gina mostra alguns traços de Tatiana, por outro Harry é um pãozinho sem sal. A estória dos pais de Alexander, que nos é dada a conhecer ao longo da trilogia ...more
MK~ Picky Girl
3 1/2 stars

i went into this with very low expectations based on ratings. Im glad I read it but it was not an epic love story (I kind of knew it wouldnt be). It was beautifully written, as always. I enjoyed seeing the beginning of Gina and Harry's relationship but this book was really about their ideology. As the reader, you get to see their descent into socialism and the beginnings of communism. Their love story was not beautiful but I do feel the story compliments TBH trilogy. Children of Liber
Tracey Lee
I only realised that this book was a prequel to the Bronze Horseman series after seeing reviews written here, which is strange there was no reference to it on the book cover. I haven't read the series so assumed it was a stand alone story. So when I finished it I was rather underwhelmed with the book although it had a promising start. I also felt no connection to Harry the main character and found him rather weak and annoying. There is a lot of political references that after initially trying to ...more
Kristy Mcwilliams
I was expecting more, and I am a little disappointed. I was desperate to know all about Alexanders parents and how they came to Russia. I was also expecting a compelling love story which really want there. Perhaps the next book will satisfy my curiosity.

It was a great depiction of the times in Boston, some of the political ramblings were a bit boring.

Harry didn't seem to have any balls and didn't really deserve Gina.

side note: if one more author refers to "Icarus flying too close to the sun" I a
Oct 06, 2012 Regina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read

More like 2 and a half stars. Definetley not her best book. It was an entertaining enough read, that's about it. It was a pretty weak novel.

Can't say I particularly had any attachment or like for Gina or Harry.
Gina so immature. Harry a selfish tosser.
Not making a connection with characters (and not liking them) can enhance a story if it is has a lot of depth - not the case here.
Luchi Rzezak
When I read The Bronze Horseman, I really really really hated Shura's parents. And when your start a book knowing how this is going to end...specially this novel, because others prequel that I have read, were fully of love and Hope......well Children of Liberty has love...but hope???....well we know Where the story goes....
I must confess that I merely give up with the book because the first half I was boring...a lot!!! deeply boring, but when you arrived to the final of the first part, well this
Jenny Belk
This is my unsolicited review. I was all excited to read Children Of Liberty. Paullina Simons is an all-time favorite author of mine. This book, like all her books, is historically based and has her usual strong characters and interesting story line. Gina Attaviano arrives in Boston from Belpasso to seek out a new and better future. She doesn't want to go to school, she wants to work so that her family can open their own business in America. She meets Harry Barrington and they become fast friend ...more
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin
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The Bronze Horseman (3 books)
  • The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)
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