The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons

6 heartbreaking stars!

I’ve been thinking about this review for the past five hours, trying to put my thoughts in order and write something that will do the book justice. But then I thought that, how can I ever find the words to describe it when this book is the definition of perfection? Not because it has the most heartbreaking, worth-crying-your-eyes-out love story but because of all the things it made me feel.

I had never even thought about Russia as a place to visit someday, just to see it and travel but after this book, I want to literally walk on Tatiana’s footsteps and visit all of those places that made me fall in love with them.

Paullina Simons truly has a gift with words and this book, I will treasure it forever!

There should be no doubt about the epicness of this story; the depth of the characters and the thick plot that glues the book into your hands and won’t even let you look up from it till you’re done with it. For real, not even sleep or food were enough to make me put it down.

Reading the series back to back – because there was no way I would ever be able to wait for it – left me so full of emotions and so drained at the same time, pretty much what the previous two books did.

Tatiana and Alexander are out of the woods. They left the war behind them only to fight the ghosts of their past and try to build a life for themselves and their son, Anthony.


But, even if death seemed unable to touch them as they navigated through famine and bombs, life in America has its own battles for them to fight.

During book #3 Tatiana and Alexander are facing life itself, what I had hoped to read from the start – their life together as normal as possible without the war – turned out to be painfully realistic and raw.

“I love you. I’m blind for you, wild for you. Sick with you. I told you that our first night together when I asked you to marry me, I am telling you now. Everything that’s happened to us, everything, is because I crossed the street for you. I worship you. You know that through and through…”

Leaving Lazarevo behind, they navigate through America, traveling and finally being able to be free. For the time being that seems to be enough, especially for them, for those two how had no idea what the next day will bring and how they were going to survive.

But as time goes by, they settle down and start making little steps. Work, scars and a painful past is slowly changing the life as they knew it, interacting with other people and changing they priorities as they go, they make mistakes and struggled to come unscathed from them.

There are parts that certainly made want to pull my own hair and cry like a baby.

Real, raw, unforgiving life. Once again though, Tania and Shura prove that, the day he crossed the street for the girl in white dress with the red flowers and the ice cream, their fate was sealed and no matter how much life tried to tear them apart, they always found a way back to each other.

“I don’t want this life to end,” said Alexander. “The good, the bad, the everything, the very old, to ever end.”

Till the end, where everything started.

“We’ll meet again in Lvov, my love and I…” Tatiana hums, eating her ice cream, in our Leningrad, in jasmine June, near Fontanka, the Neva, the Summer Garden, where we are forever young.”





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