The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons
First William Morrow Paperback Edition Released July 2011
Original Publication 2005
Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them—and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.
With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son. (taken from http://paullinasimons.com/books/the-summer-garden/)
I received an ARC of this book a few weeks ago from work; I had never heard about this trilogy but thought the story sounded interesting. Earlier this week I picked it up and I have been enjoying it ever since. I am currently about 40 pages into the book.
The tone of the book works well with the characters, as you read you can feel the pain and confusion each of the main and supporting characters are dealing with from the turmoil of there involvement with WW2. The fear and aggravation that Tatiana is dealing with in trying to rekindle a relationship with her husband and raising her young son is so real that as I read my heart breaks for her. But with what her husband Alexander had to endure during the war, it is not surprising that he is having trouble putting the past behind him. Through Paullina Simons writing you can clearly feel the distance and the desires each has, to return to the way they once were. At the moment they have no idea how to get there.
The story refers somewhat to past events that are part of the earlier books in this trilogy but so far I have had no problem reading this as a stand-alone book. That said I think I will try getting my hands on The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander sooner rather than later!