Thursday, April 3, 2014

[Book Review] Bellagrand by Paullina Simons

They gave up everything to be together, but love was just the beginning of their journey...

Italian immigrant Gina, independent, compassionate and strong, desperately wants a family. Boston blue-blood Harry, idealistic and fiercely political, wants to create a better world, a better country. Bound together by tormented passion, they rail, rage, and break each other’s hearts, only to come face to face with a stark final choice that will forever determine their destiny.

Their journey takes them through four decades and two continents, through triumph and turmoil, from the wooden planks of the troubled, immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the marble halls and secret doors of a mystical place called... Bellagrand.

From internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons comes another compelling saga of heartbreak and redemption, and the devastating love story that led to The Bronze Horseman.

From the beginning I have admired and respected Paullina Simons because we come from the same country. I felt connected to her writing, with all its beautiful curves and memorizing words. Bellagrand was dramatic, showing the not so Happily Ever After side of marriage. 

Gina and Harry were an odd couple. They gave up everything to be together and it seemed like their life was perfect. But living with Gina's family, she has to work two jobs while Harry stays at home and doesn't look for a job. I felt in odds with Gina because of how she acted towards everyone and even her personality. I loved how sincere she was with her mother and tried to reconnect with her brother. But she catered to Harry and never had the back bone stand up to him. 

I loved reading about Italian traditions and the way Gina wanted to be the perfect American wife. And it was truly interesting to see their relationship go through different times and see how the human's feelings change but still stay the same over time. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys Historian Fiction or a fan of Paullina Simons' Bronze Horseman series.

Paullina SimonsPaullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels TullyRed LeavesEleven Hours, and The Bronze Horseman. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and half of her children.
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