A Memorable Heroine

the bronze horseman

One of my most memorable heroines is Tatiana Barrington, a character created by Paullina Simons for her Bronze Horseman trilogy.  I bought The Bronze Horseman in the off chance that I’d like it, but from the moment I started reading I was hooked.  I like World War II stories, and this one was fabulous.

Tatiana is a Russian girl living in Leningrad during the siege of Leningrad.  It’s there that she meets Alexander Barrington, an American whose idealist father gave up his American citizenship to become a Communist. There’s a lot more to that story, but it isn’t relevant to why I like Tatiana.

Tatiana takes care of her family during the siege.  If it wasn’t for her they would’ve given up the struggle to stay alive.  She even hides her love for Alexander because her sister loves him and saw him first.  Fate pushes her to do things that normally she wouldn’t have done, but she gets through everything because she’s a strong person.

Her love for Alexander is the forever kind.  There comes a time when she’s called on to risk everything, including her life, for Alexander.  The odds that she can succeed are astronomically low, but she does what she has to do and turns bitter defeat and certain death into victory.

Who wouldn’t want to be like Tatiana?  She’s strong yet yielding, loves passionately, and can forgive the unthinkable. War can’t stop her, neither can Communism or Hitler’s army, but through it all she remains so feminine, so loving, so giving that you just want to help her out.

If you’d like to read the series, start with The Bronze Horseman.  Then Tatiana and Alexander, and finally The Summer Garden.


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to A Memorable Heroine

  1. My goodness, this seems like an epic saga! I do hope it all comes out alright in the end.
    I am going to be stronger before I attempt getting caught up in her story, because I fear that I really will be taken in.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    this sounds like a story I might enjoy reading. I read a lot about WW2 and that era — fiction and non-fiction.
    The sieges in both Leningrad and Stalingrad were horrific.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Wow, Tatiana certainly fits the description of strong heroine. I can see why you were caught up in the series. Thanks for the recommendation!


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      You’re welcome. At the end of the first book I vowed I’d never read another word the author wrote, and then I found out there was a sequel. I bought it that day.


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