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.
I have this book on my kindle for YEARS and I finally bumped it up to read. I absolutely LOVED it. At times, I wanted to punch Alexander in the face, for the decisions he made. I wanted to pull Tatiana into my arms and hug her and tell her to stay strong that everything will work out. She didn't deserve the way people treated her as she put everyone before herself.
Alexander and Tatiana have faced MANY obstacles and as we all know, sometimes LOVE isn't enough. There was no doubt the love they have for each other. Both try to mask their love for each in order to protect others. This story is heartbreakingly beautiful and left my heart in a million pieces.
I ordered the paperbacks the two remaining books and they cannot get here quick enough.