The Summer Garden By Paullina Simons – A Review
The best-selling author, Paullina Simons, closes the epic love story of Tatiana and Alexander at The Summer Garden, which will be published June 21, 2011. After surviving the war of destruction that befell them, Tatiana, Alexander and their son, Anthony, are now reunited, rebuilding their lives in America amidst the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War.
The intensity and passion of the first two novels, The Bronze Horseman and shifted as Tatia and Shura, forever changed by war-torn farewell years, relearn who they are as a couple. They survived the terrible upheaval at The
Bronze Horseman and distance and loss at Tatiana and Alexander. Now, two very changed people who are steadfastly renewing their eternal love, seizing the happiness they have known, and moving forward in America to reclaim their lives together.
Sounds Like A Fairy Tale?
That’s not because the adjustments needed to rekindle their lost love are heartbreaking and difficult. However, their commitment to each other has never failed. Their little son Anthony caught the irony of his parents’ transition from the start when he said, “My father is a major (in war), but now he is a lobsterman.”
They live in Maine. Shortly thereafter, they moved to a houseboat in Miami. San Antonio, Texas. New Mexico. California Napa Valley. Every movement brings a very slow recovery. Alexander recovered from PTSD. Tatiana tried to calm her down and rekindle their old passion. Their son, Anthony, tried to understand the emotional rollercoaster he was in. Their lives are full of conflict, affection and compromise. Freedom in their new home was hampered by political complications from a US citizen who served as a Russian officer living in America who was feared by the
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Finally, they settled in Arizona on the land that Tatiana bought wisely in the previous book. Can they carve out a normal life after what they have been through?
Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union in 1963, Paullina Simons always dreamed of becoming a writer. After his family came to the United States, he delayed his dream when he learned a second language and adopted a new culture as his own. He is the author of nine novels that people recognize internationally and have loyal followers. Ms. Simons said about The Summer Garden, “This garden has abject abundance and poverty. It has the lowest happiness and tribulation.” He explained that he did not know anyone, including his husband and his best friend and his characters,
Tatiana and Alexander. Obviously the love he felt for his character had infected the readers of his books.
Although part of the trilogy, this book stands alone. Slower, it’s very rich. Flashbacks of the two previous novels fill the story for the reader. In the pages there is hatred, happiness, intimacy, betrayal, struggle, war, peace, joy and suffering of children. Simons concentrates on the two main characters. Even if you haven’t read the first two books, you will really care about Tatiana and Alexander.
Highly Recommended – The Summer Garden
Even though they are stubborn, excited and hurt, they don’t give up on their love for each other. Secondary character development is removed, except for his son, Anthony. At the age of five, he learned to sing in Russian and English – and replaced the magazine cartridge in his father’s 1911 Colt M in six seconds. He finally made his way to West Point, Vietnam and before President Reagan.
Apart from its unique emotional quality and tension, the focus of this book is on small things that do not need to blunt the impact. Unending love scenes, although perhaps a metaphor for healing in marriage, is tiring. The emphasis on education and grandchildren’s marriage seems to be an aberration. Editor pens can condense rambunctious words into a fast-paced epic.
This book highly recommends you to worship trilogy. If you haven’t read the first books, but love the unexpected romantic melodrama that jolts your emotions to and fro, you will enjoy The Summer Garden.
A copy of the review is provided by William Morrow, a print of Harper Collins Publishers.
All opinions expressed are unbiased and solely from the reviewer.