Synopsis: The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Adult
Cover: I love this cover so, so much. That’s what originally drew me to this book along with the title. I’d love to display this book on my shelf since it’s so beautiful and sad.
My thoughts: I picked up this novel knowing that I’d enjoy it because it’s a story set during WWII (which I love). I didn’t expect for this novel to be one of my most favorite stories I’ve read in a long time. The story is about a girl named Tatiana living in the Soviet Union during WWII. She lived with her parents, her sister, her grandparents, and her twin brother in a cramped two bedroom apartment when they heard the news that Hitler was advancing his army towards the USSR. Despite the impending war and rations being set on the USSR, Tatiana remained hopeful that the war wouldn’t reach her home. One day, on a walk through her town, Tatiana met the entrancing Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army, who managed to lighten the dark times she was about to face with the Second World War looming over her. The two fell into a whirlwind of a romance that could crumble her family to pieces while also risking Alexander’s safety, and yet, they couldn’t seem to tear apart from one another. With an epic love story set against the most brutal war of all time, Alexander and Tatiana faced devastating circumstances that can ruin not only themselves but their relationship that must be kept secret. More