The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons

The Summer Garden
By Paulina Simons
Wm Morrow
$16.99









The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga.
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.

For me, the hard part about reviewing the last book is a trilogy is trying to be fair to the history of the series and the characters. I found that I had the same issues with Alexander and Tatiana before that I have now. This book is over 750 pages and I was hoping to find a great epic ending. The fabulous finish for these people who have been through so much heartache, betrayal and struggle.

I think, for me, that author Paullina Simons gave us too much, I felt like the story was over stuffed with bits and story arcs that weren't necessary for a satisfying ending. I found myself skimming too much and flipping the pages too quickly.

I was mesmerized by Simons' descriptions of what we now call "post traumatic stress disorder" and thought the struggles between the couple were spot on.  Watching them age and move from spot to spot, always struggling with the same issues was probably, in my opinion very true to life, but I wanted more from these lovers.

I am sure that others love this story and devoured every page. For me, not so much. It was as much of a struggle for me, as it was for Alexander and Tatiana.

All things considered, it wasn't want I wanted and more importantly I think, it wasn't what I had expected and envisioned in my "mind's eye."

SO to be fair, I'm giving this 3 out of 5 stars, knowing that others will read this with their own expectations and will be thrilled.

This review copy  was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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