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The Bridge to Holy Cross (The Bronze Horseman #2)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  25,736 Ratings  ·  2,046 Reviews
The Bridge to Holy Cross is a powerful story of love and hope -- a passionate and epic love story from the Russian-born author of The Bronze Horseman. The world at war ...two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorate ...more
Paperback, 556 pages
Published February 17th 2003 by Flamingo (first published January 1st 2003)
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Joana Ramacciotti yes! Its a series, and you wont get all of the emotion and the attachment to the character. I for one fell in love with them while reading the first…moreyes! Its a series, and you wont get all of the emotion and the attachment to the character. I for one fell in love with them while reading the first book, AND its an amazing book; you shouldn't miss it. (less)

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Regan
Jul 10, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Better than the first! Really enjoyed this one
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
❝We walk alone through this world, but if we’re lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness. For an evening minute I touched him again and grew red wings and was young again in the Summer Garden, and had hope and eternal life.❞


I did it again guys. I binge read 500+ pages within a few hours. XD I think I've read almost 2000 pages within a span of two days! I've been finishing each book in this series in a day and I can't sto
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Aestas Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for the most EPIC LOVE STORY EVER!! but start with book 1: The Bronze Horseman



10++ big beautiful stars and then some

WOW!!!! This second installment of The Bronze Horseman trilogy was BEAUTIFUL!!!!! This is truly the most EPIC LOVE story EVER told bar none. I am writing this review through the tears left over from reading this book.

This book was the PERFECT sequel to The Bronze Horseman. In many ways, it not so much followed it as it did complete it. While things are still very open for book 3, I felt like this book was the second half of TBH. It was utter
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Annie
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers, Romance Readers
Recommended to Annie by: Belinda Sheehan
If 'The Bronze Horseman' stole my heart then 'The Bridge to Holy Cross' has stolen a few weeks of my reading life. Was it worth it? Well, it still deserves 3.5 stars but I do have a few bones to pick in my review. Consider yourself warned.

This book began brilliantly. I was absolutely enthralled from the opening chapter and Simons effortlessly kept up a pace and tension that rivalled 'The Bronze Horseman'. On my birthday, I was reading it on my work break and something major was happening. As my
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Beatriz
Jul 15, 2016 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pesar de las difíciles situaciones con las que parte el libro, inicié la lectura muy esperanzada, sobre todo por la increíble entereza de Alexander. También acompañé a Tatiana en la dura tarea de encontrar su lugar en Nueva York, sin Alexander. Esta primera parte de la novela también es muy estremecedora ya que, a modo de recuerdos, se cuenta la llegada de la familia Barrington a Rusia y como, poco a poco, se van destruyendo los proyectos, las ilusiones y sus vidas.

Sin embargo, cuando ya lleva
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Amy (Foxy)
Apr 03, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Renee

♥♥♥♥♥A LOVE STORY♥♥♥♥♥

"What about our life has ever been easy?"

Truer words were never spoken. Can these two, please, have less heartache and more happy times in Lazarevo?

My emotions ran the gamut from crying to wanting to punch someone in the throat. My heart ached for both of them as they struggled to go on with life. When times were hard I relied on Alexander's words, 'I have to have faith.'

Orbeli was introduced in TBH and we learn more about it in this book. Orbeli was the ultimate sacrific
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

After finishing The Bronze Horseman how could you not continue on with this book? We were left with Tatiana believing that Alexander was dead and she was left alone and pregnant. She struggles in deciding if she should continue on with their plan and ultimately does that, working her magic and making it to America just in time to give birth.

Let me just say....

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and not only that but it will severely test your patience! I was desperate to find out what happened but of course, nothing could
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

5+ Stars!!! - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den
“Where did they teach you how to live after you’d lost it all? Who taught you how to go on after you had lost everything?”
~ Tatiana
This song, “My Love” by Lene Marlin (link below), is my theme song for this second book in the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy.

MY LOVE by Lene Marlin

The haunting voice and the lyrics…How my heart aches as I listen to it…Especially because every time I listen to it, now, it will forever remind me of Tatiana an
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Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars - I wasn't as into this book as much as The Bronze Horseman, but it was still good! The middle kind of drags, but obviously if you made it that far you need to see them reunited and the end is worth it. This is still one of the better WWII stories I've found!

Alexander's POV alternated between his childhood move to Russia and his current miserable suicide mission. A lot of scenes from The Bronze Horseman were told again through his perspective. I liked him way more in this book! He's a
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♥ Beth
Dec 09, 2010 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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GAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!

My emotions are so raw from this book.. !!

After reading The Bronze Horseman I immediately had to download book 2, Tatiana and Alexander.. this book takes up where TBH leaves off.

It also led me to the beginning of Alexander's story and into his past.. how he came to Russia, and everything that happens to him and his family from the time they arrived and then everything that happens to him and Tatiana after TBH ends..

Following TBH, this book took what was
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grace
Feb 22, 2016 grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So intense and stressful!!!!!
Kim Bailey
A Universe of Heartbreaking, Poetic Stars



"Once upon a time, young girls met young boys when the moon was full and the nights were dark, when there was a fire and singing and joking, when there was wine and taffeta and dancing, when the music was loud and the laughing, too, when one pair of eyes stared at another, and the girl's chest swelled and the boy came up close, and suddenly she looked up, he looked down and ...

Once there was first love."


What do you do … how do you go on … when your one
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Kristin (KC)
Another beautifully written read! The second installment in TBH series did not disappoint. Granted, much of it was filled with struggle, heartache, and tension, but it did not lack the eternal love and persistent hope generated in the first book. 

The character development was huge, especially in Tatiana's case. She showed a remarkable growth in maturity; so much that, at times, I missed the former, more carefree Tania. I found it difficult to see Tatiana in such a massive state of longing for a
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Ash Wednesday
Jun 10, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers.. and fans of Rocky. The third one... okay, maybe all of them.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE BRONZE HORSEMAN

4.5 STARS
"Love is so short, forgetting is so long."
-Tonight I Can Write

I couldn't possibly choose a passage from this book that best encapsulates the theme of Tatiana and Alexander's continuing battle against the odds of World War II. So I'm nicking something from Neruda which I find fitting because Shura, for the most part of this book, sounds like a hybrid between a South American poet and... well, Chuck Norris. In fact, try reading that poem and y
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Joana

*** 5++++ INFINITE, HEARTBREAKING, UNFORGETTABLE AND ALL CONSUMING STARS ***


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I just can't get over how much IN LOVE I am with these books...with this EPIC and TIMELESS story...with Tatiana and Alexander...
It truly is the most consuming and beautiful love story I ever read! Full of devotion, ache, longing, angst, despair and above all hope. If they were lucky to find each other, they will always find away towards each other. They can't conceive a world without the other in it!

So there are love
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Claudia
Jun 04, 2017 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué bonito escribe Paullina Simons y qué libro más hermoso ♥ Ha sido un no parar de emociones, como hacer un viaje alucinante en el que vas descubriendo algo nuevo a cada paso, una experiencia buenísima. No tengo claro si iré por el tercero porque el final me ha parecido estupendo; aunque es posible que mi curiosidad me gane la partida, pero eso será más adelante, por ahora me quedo con la sensación tan bonita que me ha dejado esta historia hasta aquí.
Angelica Juarez Gonzalez
Nada me preparo para Tatiana y Alexander.
Este libro representa demasiado. Demasiado sufrimiento. Demasiada intensidad. Demasiada angustia. Demasiada hermosura. Demasiada perfección. Juro que me pase toda la lectura llorando. Sin duda, lo ame.
Karen
Jul 22, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I need more stars... I can't talk right now, tears are flowing.... There just aren't enough stars....
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Straight out the gate I am going to tell you this one was not as good as the first. Though I did enjoy catching up with old friends, I did not enjoy hearing every stinkin' detail of where they had been and what they had been up to. I especially did not want to hear about every damn random thought that flickered through their minds. If this had been a meet a friend at a restaurant to catch up on life situation, I would have been falling out of my chair screaming, “CHECK PLEASE!!”

Now don’t get me
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•Anna•
Oct 30, 2016 •Anna• rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lento, straziante ed emozionante.

Senza esagerare, ho impiegato un anno intero a finirlo, vergognosamente. Ma ce l'ho fatta, e la voglia di continuare questa storia, che all'inizio di questo libro si era un po' persa, è ora più viva che mai.
Spesso crudo e tetro, questo romanzo non lascia spazio all'immaginazione: è tutto scritto nero su bianco ed è proprio questo a renderlo tanto speciale. È impossibile non restare colpiti dagli eventi narrati, dai pensieri e dai sentimenti dei protagonisti.

Ques
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Apr 19, 2013 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it it was amazing
I am so so SO happy with this ending, you have no idea! If it turned out differently I would be raging like CRAY. But I am happy. I am satisfied. I am a little giddy XD
helen the bookowl
Finishing this book leaves me almost breathless. Throughout all of its 560 pages, I was kept captivated. My heart was in my throat and my feelings were on edge. Paullina Simons' love story between Tatiana and Alexander, combined with their fatal lives during World War II, drags me in and leaves me completely anxious inside.
Even though the storyline in this book is quite different from the first book, I loved it so much! I needed to know what would happen to our two main characters and I cared d
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Nick Pageant
Oh. My. God. I gave part 1 five stars, so I guess this should get six. I'm just blown away. This is far and away one of the best books I've ever read. Highly, highly recommended to everyone, regardless of your taste in books. This truly has something for everyone. I'm exhausted and smiling.

Thanks to Alona for getting me to read this wonderful series.
M. ~ B&B
Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are—

Unyielding




***This review contains spoilers for The Bronze Horseman. Under no circumstances read this review if you haven't read the first book in the trilogy yet.***



Once again, Paullina Simons has rendered me speechless. This book has been emotional torture from beginning to end. I loved every page and every word I read. It was just pure perfection. I got
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Míša*
May 14, 2013 Míša* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenom ještě dvě otázky na konec: O čem bude třetí díl? A kde sakra je?!

EDIT 2. ČERVNA: PŘIDÁNA RECENZE

Po tom, co Alexandra zajala NKVD, utíká Taťána do New Yorku s vědomím, že její manžel je mrtvý. Těhotná Taťána cestu skoro nepřežije, ale nakonec se do New Yorku v pořádku dostane, a na Americké půdě porodí syna. Po tom, co se plně uzdraví začne pracovat jako sestřička v nemocnici. Ale stíny minulosti ji provází dál, a ona není schopna dostat se přes Alexandra. Jeho poslední slova, ji nutí přemý
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Vivian
Dec 22, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Will you remember that? Anywhere you are, if you can look up and find Perseus in the sky, find that smile, and hear the galactic wind whisper your name, you'll know that it's me, calling for you... calling you back to Lazarevo. (Alexander)”

I can't express my love enough for this series. I absolutely loved this book. Tatiana and Alexander teaches us what real love is really about. A love that war, hardship, loneliness, time and distance can't break, can't free them.

I have to say I really enjoy
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Angelica Barcella
Non so dire se ho amato più questo o il primo. Probabilmente ho amato entrambi con la stessa intensità e, di certo, non delude le aspettative. Tatiana & Alexander è un libro che ti distrugge e ha la capacità di farti sentire sulla pelle le ferite dei due protagonisti. Tatiana svela un lato di sè ancora più combattivo, determinato e testardo e allo stesso tempo ha una dolcezza che solo una madre può dare; Alexander mostra sangue freddo e una voglia di vivere che, nonostante ogni tanto sembra ...more
Anne OK
Apr 20, 2014 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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While reading this highly emotional sequel, I found myself humming Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” song with tears streaming down my cheeks.

Even better than the first installment and much easier to fall into. The lovers are torn apart. Tatiana is in America ripped with grief. And Alexander’s situation finds him facing execution for treason and espionage. The character development has blossomed. And the details and writing remain unapproachable. The author has a magical touch with all the his
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
The first half of this book had me worried since quite a bit of it was nothing more than flashbacks to the first book. But the flashbacks eventually faded away, and I was left to finish the rest of the tale, which was also a bit draining because I kept wondering when Alexander and Tatiana were finally going to see each other again. This book, like its predecessor, is a bit melodramatic, but Paullina Simons is a master manipulator; normally melodrama makes me roll my eyes or snicker, but this mel ...more
Vaso
Jan 30, 2013 Vaso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η συνέχεια.... εκπληκτική... Όποιος δεν το διάβασε, να μην καθυστερήσει περισσότερο.....
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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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“We walk alone through this world, but if we're lucky, we have a moment of belonging to something, to someone, that sustains us through a lifetime of loneliness.” 338 likes
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