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Paullina Simons

Author of The Bronze Horseman

30 Works 7,230 Members 332 Reviews 21 Favorited

About the Author

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Paullina attended college in New York, Kansas and England. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Political Science Paullina went on to various jobs including show more working as a financial journalist and as a translator. After several years Paullina got around to her first love and wrote her novel Tully (HarperCollins, Oct. 1995). She has since written Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander.) The Summer Garden, The Girl in Times Square, Road to Paradise and Children of Liberty. Many of Paullina's novels have reached international bestseller lists in countries including Australia and New Zealand. Paullina has also written a cookbook, Tatiana's Table, which is a collection of recipes, short stories and recollections from her bestselling books The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, and The Summer Garden. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (2000) 2,124 copies
Tatiana and Alexander (2003) 1,092 copies
The Summer Garden (2005) 775 copies
Tully (1994) 748 copies
The Girl in Times Square (2004) 596 copies
Red Leaves (1996) 474 copies
Eleven Hours (1998) 422 copies
Road to Paradise (2007) 186 copies
Children of Liberty (1771) 151 copies
A Song in the Daylight (2009) 139 copies
The Tiger Catcher (2019) 81 copies
Bellagrand (1600) 80 copies
Lone Star (1800) 65 copies


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Started slow but got better. Going to have to read the second one in series to find out what happened!
mjphillips | 102 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
While intriguing, I felt like this novel didn't quite live up to my expectations. The characters were interesting and the story had some good moments, but overall I struggled to get through the book. I've really liked some of Paullina Simons's books, so my expectations may have been too high. Either way, I'm not intrigued enough to continue this series.
wagner.sarah35 | 19 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |
Lily is my first book by this author. I found it well-written and terribly interesting. Lily Quinn isn't your typical twenty-four-year-old airhead and college dropout. No. She's much more than that. She's a study in contradictions—as is this book about her life. This story (which is almost 600 pages long) of Lily's life lingers much too long on Lily's dysfunctional family and her battle with cancer when it's really about a missing roommate, Amy—who Lily loved but never really knew, her relationship with the detective, Spencer, sent to investigate the case, and her brother, Andrew's involvement. This really seemed like two stories in one book. Her editor could have been more involved and cut about a hundred pages. And yet, I read the entire thing and was glad I hung in there. The ending was delicious when I realized what was about to happen to the nasty sister, Anne.… (more)
PaulaGalvan | 35 other reviews | Apr 3, 2023 |
I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy much more than this one. I NEVER read pure romance fiction. For me to enjoy a romance, it has to have an element of mystery, suspense or adventure. This book was nearly pure romance fiction until the last 20 percent. In the first two books, there were three main characters - Tatania, Alexander and WWII. This book didn't have that extra element until Alexander went to save Anthony.

On a personal level, there were certain choices the writer made about Alexander's character during the 1950's that made me like him less. The not so subtle message that if Tatania would just stay home and bake bread and cater to him they would live happily ever after didn't resonate well with me at all.

On the other side of the coin, the writer showed that WWII veterans and their families suffered from PTSD, just like some current veterans do. I'm of Anthony's generation and far too many Viet Nam veterans were criticized and ridiculed because they suffered from PTSD after they returned home. WWII veterans suffered too but we just didn't know it. Vietnam Veterans were told that WWII veterans came home and adjusted with no problems, why can't you. If you read the memoirs of WWII veterans, you will find they suffered too. They just hid it better.

Having said all this, I would recommend people read these books. Perhaps the things that bothered me about the third book won't bother you.
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MPS1964 | 46 other reviews | Jan 6, 2023 |



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