THE BRIDGE TO HOLY CROSS continues the story of Tatiana, a new mother, as she commences a new life as a widowed Russian immigrant in America, and of Alexander, who just prior to his arrest by the NKVD, left Tatiana with two words: “Remember Orbeli”. Why did Alexander chose to send Dimitri, the person who betrayed him to the NKVD, away with Tatiana, and how does he learn of the outcome of this decision? Why did Alexander ask his commander, Colonel Stepanov, to withhold stories of his military prowess and heroism? How did he learn that Tatiana left Russia, and did indeed enter America as they planned? How does he incorporate these elements into a plan for escape, from his imprisonment and from Russia? And how does Tatiana unravel the meaning of “Remember Orbeli”? How does she use or act upon this information? Does she recover from TB? How does she experience America as a refugee from Russia? How does she spend Alexander's money? And use her medical training and nursing expertise? How does she act on anecdotes Alexander shared with her about America (like will she visit or reside in Barrington, search for people who one knew him and his family)? And how does she remember Alexander, and how will she describe him to her son? In THE BRIDGE TO HOLY CROSS, Paullina Simons offers us the answer to so many questions that lingered from THE BRONZE HORSEMAN, and so much more.
This report prepared by Alison
This novel picks up where The Bronze Horseman left off, however I think you could read this without having read The Bronze Horseman as the tale of love between Alexander and Tatiana is explained. The two fell in love in war
torn Russia and it is quickly learned that Alex is an American who immigrated to Russia and was raised as a Russian. He is forced into the Russian army and his identity is not initially an issue. He has fallen in love by this stage and sent his pregnant young lover, now wife, to the United States in the hope of gaining freedom and prosperous life. Bridge to Holy Cross follows Tatiana's life in America and her unwavering faith in her husband. She finds he is alive and returns to Russia to search for him.
This report prepared by Shel