The Summer Garden, Paperback Book
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A novel tracing the enduring power of love and commitment against the forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peaceFrom the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.Tatiana and Alexander have since suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer.

After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams.

They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world.

But though they are only in their twenties, in their hearts they are old, and they are strangers.

In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family.

Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son?Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents.


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First there was The Bronze Horseman, and then there was The Bridge to Holy Cross. At that point, most fans of Alexander and Tatiana’s incredible love story might have thought Simons would leave well alone. Obviously not Simons. The Summer Garden is the story of what happened after Tatiana rescued Alexander from behind the Iron Curtain, and their efforts to put their past horrors behind them, and build a new life in America. While reading vast swathes of this book, I realised I didn’t want to know any more details, many of which were unpleasant and utterly unedifying. The good news is that there can be no possibility of a fourth story, unless Simons decides to branch out into the kids’ lives. Please God, no.

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Don't think any review of this book, in fact the whole trilogy, can do it enough justice. Beyond words-ly Fabulous. Doubt any book I pick up will compare. May just have to re-read the whole epic story again v soon.

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