“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)”
― Paullina Simons, Tatiana and Alexander
There may be a few spoilers ahead. It is hard to talk about this amazing book without them.
I can’t express enough my love 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 apart, can’t be let go and won’t leave your heart.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book at lot. You get to learn a lot more about Alexander Barrington, his past and how he became the man he was from his point of view. This book focus on Alexander’s childhood life in America before coming to the Soviet Union to the day he met Tatiana. You find out more about his family, especially his mother and father and their loving but sometimes abusive relationship. Alexander watches his parents love for each other disintegrate after they moved from the US to the Soviet Union. It broke him to see him mother lose hope, while his father got deeper and deeper into his communism beliefs. Only when both his mother and father was arrested for betraying their new country and Alexander escaped going to a work camp that he realized what he really wanted. Alexander wanted to go back home to America, and there was only one way to get there for him, he would have to run away from the Soviet Union.
But then there was the girl in the white dress with red roses, sitting on a bench eating ice cream on the first day of war, that changed his plans and his life forever.
I admire Tatiana’s heart and strength in New York with her son and new life. That despite a comfortable life and new friends she kept Alexander’s memory alive inside of her, and by being kind and generous with others, for some reason the gods kept him alive for her too. Tatiana always knew there was something odd about Alexander’s sudden death and this her thoughts about him maybe being alive still hunts her every day. So when an unexpected soldier comes home with news of an Red Army soldier that claims to be an American who wants help out of Europe. Tatiana has to go to him, has to risk everything to see him one more time, to bring him home. She can’t take the bronze horseman’s pursuing her any longer.
The reunion between Tatiana and Alexander was beautiful, and very emotional to me. I was beginning to think they weren’t going to make it. But as usual Tatiana wouldn’t take no for an answer and did all in her power to get Alexander to come to America with her.
But at the end, after all the struggles, all the suffering, all the war and all the people who died, Alexander is changed and Tatiana too. Will their love be strong enough to adapt to their years apart? Their doubts and fears? Their weakness and their quiet? Will they find happiness at last?
I sense a lot of heart troubles ahead for them. Despite their strong and beautiful love for each other, their were never meant to come this far. They have challenge the gods and cheat death itself, and all had a price. But I still have faith in their unique love and Tatiana’s persuasive ability to bring Alexander back, and have back their young love, their Lazarevo.
I belive in destiny and faith that made Alexander cross the street to the girl in the white dress with roses for a reason. I don’t think they could have survive the war without each other. Alexander gave Tatiana a better life in America, and Tatiana’s heart and soul rescued Alexander from his death. This can’t be all for nothing. I expect a pretty good ending for this series in the last book The Summer Gardens.
I am still very touched by this book. I have never read something so beautiful and so strong. I will always remember their love.
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