Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

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Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

“Alexander, tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” asked the dying Dasha. “Tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” “How long – have you – loved my sister?” Alexander should have replied, Dasha, if you had seen me standing mute, hearing the day fly, the May fly, an ephemera on a… Continue reading ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.  (p. 357) ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is a series consisting of three books, and this one is the first one in line. The story is set during World War… Continue reading ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)