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The Summer Garden

(The Bronze Horseman #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  26,821 ratings  ·  2,234 reviews
The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga

Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have ch
Paperback, 742 pages
Published November 22nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published November 1st 2005)
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Elizabeth Hay Do not worry about it. I felt the same way, but the story really starts around 55% of the book, I read it by kindle so I can not tell the specific pag…moreDo not worry about it. I felt the same way, but the story really starts around 55% of the book, I read it by kindle so I can not tell the specific page. The plot changes completely and you are very surprised by the twist, which gives the plot and the chiaroscuro nuances of the characters!
Tip: Skip the interludes, they are not related to any important fact that triggers the development of the book, it is merely adornment. All flashbacks in Luga and Lake Ilmen are irrelevant. Enjoy the rest!(less)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Aestas Book Blog
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
❝He is thinking of sailboats in distant oceans, the desert from dimmest childhood, the ghost of fortune, the girl on the bench. When he saw her, he saw something new. He saw it because he wanted to see it, because he wanted to change his life. He stepped off the curb and out of the deadfall. To cross the street. To follow her. And she will give your life meaning, she will save you. Yes, yes—to cross.

'We’ll meet again in Lvov, my love and I…' Tatiana hums, eating her ice cream, in our Len
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
0 Star

I read this book a long time ago and I'm going to jump headfirst into this review. This is a rant. You can be damn well sure, this has spoilers.


Let us start with the 180 Alexander did in this book. I did not like many, many things in the first book, but I accepted them. They were part of the story and he did not have control over a lot of them. But what he did in this book?? Those were damn well his choices .

He emotionally abused Tatiana the entire time. And of course,the reason was gi
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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Garden is Paullina Simon's magnificent conclusion to Tatiana and Alexander's epic and timeless love story. It's her masterpiece. Tatiana and Alexander have forever imprinted themselves on my heart.

While the first two books, The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander is about their madly- all consuming- crazy - doomed love, The Summer Garden is about what happens after you get your supposedly happily ever's about LIFE. It's smiles, heartbreak, tears, passion, pain, grief,
Mishelle LaBrash
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3), Paullina Simons

The Summer Garden is the third book in Paullina Simons' The Bronze Horseman trilogy. The novel continues the story of Tatiana Metanova and her husband Alexander Belov.

Four years have gone by since World War II has ended; and Tatiana and Alexander are married and living a life together with their son, Anthony. Yet, they are strangers to each other. Having been separated from each other for years, they do not know each other anymore.

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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers, Love Story Fans
Recommended to Annie by: Belinda Sheehan
Shelves: favourites
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
★ Larissa ~ book crusher ~

So it´s been weeks since I finished The Summer Garden and I haven´t been been able to write this review at all. But why? You ask. What in the world is going on with you? This is your favorite romance of all time. After all, this is Shura we are talking about... Shura with the sled and the copy of Pushkin and Shura with the creme-brulee eyes and delicious tanned skin with that faint scent of nicotine in the morning after endless bouts of hot Lazarevo sex. Didn´t you love this book
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
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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
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This conclusion to The Bronze Horseman series, which I have been reading for years, was perfect. Once again, Paullina Simons delivers a beautiful love story that is a continuation to the first two books, and I loved seeing where things were going with Tatiana and Alexander.
This trilogy has taught me a lot, and it hasn't seized to take my breath away time and time again. It's brutal, but it's honest, and I think you can learn a lot from reading it. Sure, there are some moments which you might qu
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS! BOOK! I am so in love with this series and these characters that it seems impossible that my love for them could continue to grow. And yet...
Every time I reread their story my love grows deeper and deeper. This book and this series deserves 100+++++ stars from me. I will be rereading/reliving it until the end of time. I will never grow bored of my beloved Tatiana and Alexander. Ever. They live on forever in my heart and soul.

*First read: March 14-24, 2014
*Second read: August, 2014
*Third r
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
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 o
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 incredi
I wish this book never existed.
I wish this book ended after first 30%.
I wish I never read it.

What happened?

Where are 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? The one that worshiped her, the one that 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 contempora
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Shine on, shine on, my only star,

My star of love eternally,

You are my sole and chosen one,

There’ll be no other one for me…”

Again I am blown away by Paullinna Simon’s ability to destroy your heart, body and soul. I was in such a distraught and emotional state after reading The Summer Garden the last book the The Bronze Horseman series. This woman is a goddess of worlds, a queen of stories.

I loved that in this book we get to see a lot more of Tatiana childhood, and what she was really like befo
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
talon smith
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What the hell do I do with my life now? For the past month I have been so engrossed in these books, now that they are over I have no idea what to do with myself. The Summer Garden is the final book in the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. This final book (in my opinion) was set to a completely different pace than the first ones. In both the Bronze Horseman and Tatianna and Alexander there was love, betrayal, tragedy and hope all set against the backdrop of WWII. But in the Summer Garden, their story cont ...more
MK~ Picky Girl
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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 relations
Dish Wanderer
It gives me great pain to write the review for this book. I absolutely loved “The Bronze Horseman", for me it ranks as the best love story ever written along with "Wuthering Heights" and a few others. I loved “Tatiana and Alexander “as well. But this... has broken my heart. I wish Paullina Simons had not written this book. There was absolutely no need for it. The love story could have ended easily with “Tatiana and Alexander".
To be fair, the book is interesting as it follows the married life of
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This is the stunning conclusion to this epic love story that spanned over decades. There is so much raw emotion throughout this series and this final instalment had me in knots. I couldn’t sleep out of frustration and anger at times, the angst attacked me from all sides.

I loved all the rich history, stories like this open my eyes to things I know nothing about, the pain and suffering that people endured in times of war and after. The years of recovery to get back to some sort of semblance of a n
Apr 12, 2014 marked it as currently-reading-for-months
This book has been in time out for two years. Two years !! I'm challenging myself to finish this by Dec 31st. I inhaled books 1 and 2 in November 2012 and immediately started this book. But then I came across a Shura that seemed foreign to me. So unless he had a come to Jesus with the quickness ~ I couldn't let my Shura fall from the pedestal. So I took a time-out and lived life pretending what THIS Shura did in THIS book didn't gut me. It's time to finish this epic series. Wish me luck ❤️ ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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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!

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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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“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...” 241 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. ” 208 likes
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