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This is an EPIC compelling read (book one of three) that will take you back in history to WWII – Russia. Although extremely sad, since so many thousands of people suffered unbearably or died during Hitler's crusade, I found it extremely fascinating. I knew very little about Russia, their culture, and the affects that WWII had on that country. If you enjoy learning about historic events while reading a fantastic heart-wrenching story of love, betrayal, and survival this is the read for you.
The story centers on a Russian family and their struggles to survive in Leningrad through the war. The author, Paullina Simons, flawlessly paints a detailed picture of how the human spirit can be broken or strengthened when faced with such tragedy and desperation. Add a steamy forbidden love to the mix and a secret past that can destroy lives and you’ve got a hell of a story. As the war progresses the living conditions become dire and will make you squirm as you realize that things only continue to go from bad to worse.
It's a long and detailed read but one you’ll finish quickly as you become invested in the characters and their plight.
The end of book one will leave you wanting more and quickly moving on to Tatiana and Alexander (book 2) and Secret Garden (the conclusion/book 3). The trilogy not only spans decades but continents and will keep you glued until the final satisfying pages. In this story the sacrifices are selfless and monumental. You'll be amazed at how much one is willing to sacrifice for love. ~ Junis, Guest Contributor
About This Book
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.