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Il giardino d'estate (The Bronze Horseman #3)

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Si erano incontrati alla vigilia dello scoppio della seconda guerra mondiale, a Leningrado. Si erano amati fra gli stenti, la desolazione e le bombe di un assedio terribile, con la speranza di poter vivere un giorno altrove, in pace. Ora, 20 anni più tardi, davanti a un incerto futuro, quell'amore è messo alla prova. Tatiana e Alexander si sono miracolosamente riuniti in A...more
Paperback, 663 pages
Published July 2010 by BUR (first published 2006)
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Mar 26, 2014 Soraya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE



I have NEVER SHED so many TEARS over a book.
I have NEVER HURT this much over a story.
I have NEVER HATED AND LOVED a book this deeply.
I have NEVER had a story rip out my heart, slice it into tiny pieces, then burn it a little to stitch it back up, to be mended again in my broken body.

Starting the last installment of this exceptional love story I...more
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Jan 13, 2014 Aestas Book Blog rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read books 1&2 and wants to continue this EPIC LOVE STORY

10++ stars

WOW!! Once again, I am writing this review through my tears (happy tears). What a beautiful book and wonderful conclusion to one of the greatest love stories ever told!!!!

The first part of this book is about healing. Healing from all the traumas WW2 has left on their bodies and souls. About finding a way to emotionally find their way back to the peace of Lazarevo. Their memories haunt them like scars - unforgettable souvenirs of a war neither of them wanted to fight as t...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 12, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Lisa V.
FINALLY. I am done with this series. I can put it to bed and never think on it again. There are times where the series was quite good, but more times where it was frustrating, puzzling, and rage-inducing. Unfortunately, the latter sort of moments almost entirely comprise the final volume of the trilogy, making this a painful read. And, fuck yes, there will be spoilers and profanity all up in this review.

The Almost Good
Simons obviously knows how to write well. She's got a great command of languag...more
While this book is my favorite from the series it is also the most difficult emotionally to read. Tatiana and Alexander embark on a journey that is life.. Trying to put themselves back together as individuals as well as lovers.

So many twists and turns in this one. I can only say if you haven't read it run out and buy it! (if you can find it in the U.S.) Perfect closure to a wonderful series.

Alexander will break your heart but I found that I would allow it to break 100x just to find the love th...more
Kristin (KC)
My Tatiana and Alexander whirlwind has officially (and reluctantly), come to an end. I must admit to feeling slightly lost right now, and confess my emotional fatigue brought on by the tremendous heartache of this beautifully touching trilogy.

The final installation to The Bronze Horseman was all that I had hoped it would be and more. At first- I was unsure where this book was headed; Alexander's character had changed dramatically due to the trials of war, and I was afraid the old "Shura" would n...more
How can I explain my feelings for this book?

Do you know how every television show in the history of television has that one will they/won't they couple? At some point, they eventually come together... and it is totally underwhelming for viewers. The relationship just seems weird.

That is what happened here.

When Tatiana and Alexander first marry in The Bronze Horseman, it is damn near perfect. The second half of that novel focuses on their relationship and it is so well done. Perfect measures of p...more
Shell Schroth
Phew... Well I'm EXHAUSTED!!!

Seriously! Never in my life have I read a novel, that forcefully strips you of all strength with its sheer emotional instability.

Many times, while turning the pages I was sorely tempted to put it down. To find contentment in the ending of it's previous installment 'Tatiana and Alexander'... But I'm a trooper, and I'm not a fan of not seeing things through.. So I persevered.

Thank God for small favours!

Eventhough, there were times I could literally hear my heart bre...more
I can't tell you how much I adore Simons for this book!

In the first two novels in the Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons, she throws our two protags, Alexander and Tatiana, into peril from the outset- starting with the siege of Leningrad during WWII on through their eventual escape to America in the late 1940's.

When the second book ended, I couldn't see how Simon's could squeeze any more gripping material out of Tatiana and Alexander's lives. But she wonderfully surprised me.

As the blurb...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
4.5 ★'s

So if you've read the blurb, you know that now Alexander and Tatiana are finally reunited and in America. Unfortunately, not all their problems are solved. They both have changed so much in their time apart and they are parents now...trying to find a way to make their family and their lives work.

I was sooo happy when I started reading this book and finally got to the parts I've been waiting for..Shura and Tania back together! I have to admit that I'm a little upset that we didn't get the...more
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers, Love Story Fans
Recommended to Annie by: Belinda Sheehan
Don't let the size of this tome put you off - you should find yourself flying through the pages. If you've gotten this far and read The Bronze Horseman and The Bridge to Holy Cross then you'll be dying to finish the series and reach a resolution for Tatiana and Alexander. You won't be disappointed.

I don't want to give anything away but this was definitely written at the same calibre as the first novel. It was just as gut-wrenching and just as powerful. Finishing these three books, gave me such a...more
I absolutely loved The Bronze Horseman, the first book in the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy, and was looking forward to reading the conclusion to their epic love story.

I was greatly (and grievously) disappointed. Yes, Simons delivered by giving an incredibly emotional ride but (and this is a HUGE but), there was just one scene which totally and UTTERLY made the whole trilogy feel like an epic waste.



Dear Paullina Simons,

You have balls.

WHY, why? I have invested a lot of time, an...more
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Smitten's Book Blog

Jeez, I feel like I've run a metaphorical marathon!!! I can't believe I'd finished it. I was beginning to wonder if perhaps I would be reading this books forever more.

Ok, now, I'm going to be totally honest about this book... there were parts I absolutely adored and there were parts I really struggled with.

It is long. It is very very very long. And I will admit that I do think it is too long. I think there is a lot in it that could have been cut. I know that there are flashbacks and scenes that...more
Ana Rita

First of all, I have to say that I loved the first book. I enjoyed the second book but I felt that there were too many flashbacks and I was surprised with the end because it felt Hollywood-esc and I was not expecting something like that given how authentic the first book felt.

I started reading this third book and some initial developments made me uncomfortable and I understand that the characters are really different because of all they went through but I became frustrated with it and I have...more
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Amazing!!!! If I could give this book 10 stars I would!

The Summer Garden is the final book in the epic Bronze Horseman Trilogy. This final installment was set to a different pace. In both the Bronze Horseman and Tatianna and Alexander, there was love, betrayal, tragedy and hope set against the backdrop of WWII. The action was intense as well as fast paced. In the Summer Garden, their story continues with life after the war and really delves into the characters and their day to day relationship...more
There were things I loved about this book and there were things I hated about this book, but in can all be wrapped up in one word that never fails to describe Tatiana & Alexander - Orbeli. They are each others most loved and treasured possession. Each other's purpose for living.

I loved seeing them trying to figure out the relationship & marriage they thought they would never have. I hated seeing them trying to figure it out as well. I hated that they were so insecure in each other yet so...more
Vilma's Book Blog
The spectacular, emotional conclusion to my all-time favorite love story! Exhaustingly intense. Piercingly agonizing. Achingly beautiful. Enduringly romantic. I FELT EVERY MOMENT. INFINITY STARS!!!!!

“To cross the street. To follow her. And she will give your life meaning, she will save you. Yes, yes-to cross.”

How does one get past this series? How can you even begin to compare other love stories to the one of Tatiana and Alexander? You just cannot, I think. The three books will forever sit on a...more



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I'm still at a loss of words to describe this series, to describe Tatiana and Alexander! I said it before but I'll say it again, there are love story and then there is Tania and Shura's story!
Each and single book of this series moved me, enthralled me and made me live every single thing with them...and each book is so different in it's own way, each one is unique!

Summer Gar...more
Goodness gracious!! Dont have enough adjectives to describe all the emotions that are coursing through me right now.....One word will have to do for now: PHENOMENAL!!!! BEST ROMANCE BOOK & BOOK COUPLE EVER..
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I found the third book in the Bronze Horseman Trilogy,'The Summer Garden' disappointing. I really really really really LOVED the other two novels a lot, but this one departed too much from the characters that I had grown to love. I have to admit that most of the story was a collective extension of vague plotless prose, which didn't reflect the true essence of the characters Tatiana and Alexander. I also felt it lacked a climax and strongly disliked Alexander's indescretion and when he hit Tatian...more
Può un libro impreziosire la mia personale idea di amore eterno?
Paullina Simons è riuscita a regalarmi una storia unica e indimenticabile.
Per dare una valutazione a questo libro, chiedo in prestito tutte le stelle del firmamento, tutte: grandi e piccole, brillanti e sfolgoranti.
Parole, aggettivi e stati d'animo, non saranno in grado di esprimere l'ampia gamma di emozioni, che questa superba autrice ha saputo regalarmi. Una narrazione che alterna pensieri ed emozioni di Alexander e Tatiana, in m...more
M. ~ B&B
I haven't written a review for this book yet and I don't know if I ever will. I read it months ago and I am still not in the right emotional state to reflect on this epic story of Alexander and Tatiana.

Paullina's writing just rips the emotion out of you. All of the books in this trilogy were so intense and captivating. You don't realize it while you're reading, but when you finish it you feel like you have lived a thousand lives. You feel like you've experienced war, hunger, betrayal, and the m...more
Sandra Cortez
I will never find the words to adequately describe my love of this series. IT'S EPIC!!!!!!!! 5, 10, 20 Stars. It brought me to knees!!! I almost had a mental breakdown. Never has a book affected me as this one. I needed to call in my book buddies for mental support. It gutted me to the core. However, it was worth EVERY page, paragraph, detail, description and word. I can not recommend this series enough. Please do not be afraid of the length I promise you it's soo worth it.

This was truly the pe...more
Kim B
✭✭✭✭✭5 STARS of Real Life, Romantic Beauty✭✭✭✭✭

But what does happily ever after truly mean?
We thought the hard part was over - but we were wrong. Living is the hard part. Figuring out how to live your life when you’re all busted up inside and out - there is nothing harder.

In my opinion (& I recognize there are some pretty strong ones on both sides) - this is an amazing ending to an epic love story. Is it perfect? No. But what in life ever is?
When did I ever expect you to be perfect? You
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...more
Apr 26, 2009 Misfit rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die hard fans of the series
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Perfect ending to a magnificent series and the EPIC story of Tatiana and Alexander. ♥

Review to come ~
I wish this book never existed.
I wish this book ended after first 30%.
I wish I never read it.

What happened?

Where is the Tania and Shura I fell in love with? Where is the girl that was ready to put Alexander and her loved ones above everything else? Where is the loyal soldier that worshiped her, and stood up to her father saying no one will ever raise a hand against her and hurt her ever again?

I feel cheated. It feels like I traveled from 1940s to 2000s and read a contemporary, screwed up vers...more
I could read about them forever!! Seriously one of the greatest love stories ever told and it will always be in my heart...Sigh...Shura will forever be at the top of my book boyfriend list!!

If you have not discovered this series yet, I urge you all to pick it up and read it!! Nothing will compare to Tatiana and Alexander and their heroic journey through the many wars and obstacles they had to endure in order to be together! This is all I have to say and I would urge you all to take a chance and...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.

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“I love you. I'm blind for you, wild for you. Sick with you. I told you that our first night together when I asked you to marry me, I am telling you now. Everything that's happened to us, everything, is because I crossed the street for you. I worship you. You know that through and through...” 195 likes
“Alexander, you broke my heart. But for carrying me on your back, for pulling my dying sled, for giving me your last bread, for the body you destroyed for me, for the son you have given me, for the twenty-nine days we lived like Red Birds of Paradise, for all our Naples sands and Napa wines, for all the days you have been my first and last breath, for Orbeli- I will forgive you. ” 163 likes
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