January 6, 2011

Hi everyone,  We are excited to bring you our first giveaway on For a chance to win a signed copy of the newest Paullina Simons title,  The Summer Garden, we are asking for your answer to this question:

What song reminds you the most of Tatiana and Alexander?  

Your answer can be about their relationship, about the books,  or about how you felt while reading the books — it’s up to you! Feel free to tell us why you picked your song, too. To enter, please send your response to We will pick ten winners at random next Monday, June 13th.  Check this space for more.


  1. Tamar Shalala says:

    Sia – My Love
    Andy Williams – A Time For Us
    Sara Bareilles – The Light

  2. Vanda Dragone says:

    I love all your book!!!

  3. Kelly says:

    Can’t wait for the release of The Summer Garden!

  4. Bethany Simpson says:

    Please Don’t Go – Barcelona

    • Bethany Simpson says:

      This song triggers a lot of motions with me, as do the lives of Tatiana and Alexander, and that is why I choose this song.

  5. Alicia Roche says:

    the song that reminds me of Tatiana & Alexander is On The Night We were Wed

  6. Sara Masotti says:

    to the end of the road by boyz 2 men. Its just one of those songs that i could hear when reading the book.

  7. Frances Dimech says:

    All for love by Bryan Adams – because Tatiana and Alexander endured the toughest lives but they lived through it for love

  8. Danielle Nathan says:

    The song that reminds me of Tatiana & Alexanders relationship is
    ‘zero 7 – destiny’ it was as if it were written for them, no matter if they were on opposite sides of the earth it’s their destiny to find each other forever!
    I loved the series my favorite series of books I have read!
    Well done Paullina

    Danielle Nathan

  9. Ashley says:

    Not just one song, but a whole album! I had just bought Franz Ferdinand’s album Tonight and was listening to that during the time I was reading The Summer Garden. Now whenever I hear it, it always reminds me of Tatiana and Alexander. :)

  10. Daria Bartosiewicz says:

    Dear Paullina,
    this is the magnificent piece of music which reminds me of Tatiana and
    Dimitri Shostakovich’s – Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2 -wow-that makes a
    heartbreaking combo.
    kind regards,
    Last Saturday I tried to bake the Delicious Rum Cake from “Tatiana’s
    Firstly,there were not flour in it(!),secondly,too much salt and pepper(!!)
    and lastly…far too much fuss about baking:)
    That was good!

  11. susan says:

    i love this whole trilogy! i want to meet these characters in real life.

  12. Jodie Boyd says:

    The Power Of Love – Celine Dion: It reminds me of Tatiana & Alexander and their undying love and passion for each other. It is the type of song that gives you that tingling feeling & that is how Paulina makes her readers feel by writing this beautiful love story so magically!!!

  13. Jodie Boyd says:

    The Power Of Love – Celine Dion: It reminds me of Tatiana & Alexander and their undying love and passion for each other. It is the type of song that gives you that tingling feeling & that is how Paulina makes her readers feel by writing this beautiful love story so magically!!!

  14. Daniela Kurzban says:

    Come on Get Higher –by Matt Nathanson.

    This song describes an intimacy and a love that is seen in Tatiana and Alexander’s relationship. One lyric in particular, “Faith and desire and the swing of your hips,” reminds me of Tatiana and Alexander’s time in Lazarevo.

  15. Hanna Gal says:

    Love is a many-splendored thing,
    It’s the April rose that only grows in the early spring,
    Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living,
    The golden crown that makes a man a king.
    Once on a high and windy hill,
    In the morning mist two lovers kissed and the world stood still,
    Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing,
    Yes, true love’s a many-splendored thing.

    I love this song – LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING, I think it suits the love of Tatiana and Alexander!

  16. Victoria Simone says:

    I have loved your books since I first randomly selected The Bronze Horseman from a vast array of other novels. Your writing somehow delves deep into people’s inner most emotions and pulls them to the surface. I would be honored to have a signed copy of this novel, as since I first read your book you have trumped all other authors on my list of favorites. The song I picked speaks to me, almost as much as your novels.

  17. Jeanie Bord says:

    I think the song Endless Love suits the love of Tatiana and Alexander.

  18. MS Clark says:

    Josh Grobin’s – My Confession

    Beautiful song and amazing lyrics and I think it epitomizes Tatiana and Alexander’s love.

  19. Emily Oakley says:

    Dreams by The Cranberries

    You know how some things just fit. Well it just fits.

    “And then I open up and see
    The person falling here is me
    A different way to be
    I want more, impossible to ignore
    I want more, impossible to ignore
    And they’ll come true, impossible not to do
    And they’ll come true, impossible not to do”

    YAY I think the excitement is bubbling off me!!!

  20. Shannon J says:

    I will always love you!

  21. catslady says:

    I have to say Never My Love by The Association. It’s been my husband’s and my love song for 44 years!

  22. Sophia F. says:

    Howl-Florence and the Machine
    It is just like there love is so deep and they go to the ends of the earth to find each other, like when Tatiana hunts Alexander down in germany. I know its probably not as sweet as the other songs people are describing but oh well.

  23. The song for Tatiana &Alexander is
    The first time I saw your face sang by Roberta Flack

    • Brandi Collier says:

      Faith Hill – “Baby you Belong” – Because God brought Tatia and Shura together and seperated them when it needed to be done, and helped them find each other in just enough time. Even though they are only characters in a story they were made for eachother they belong together on those beautifully written pages. Tatiana is Alexanders rock and visa versa.

      Alice in Chains – “Rooster” – Just read the lyrics for yourself :)

      Ain’t found a way to kill me yet
      Eyes burn with stinging sweat
      Seems every path leads me to nowhere
      Wife and kids household pet
      Army green was no safe bet
      The bullets scream to me from somewhere

      Here they come to snuff the rooster

      Walkin’ tall machine gun man
      They spit on me in my home land
      Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
      Got my pills ‘gainst mosquito death
      My Buddy’s breathin’ his dyin’ breath
      Oh god please won’t you help me make it through

      Here they come to snuff the rooster, aww yeah
      Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
      You know he ain’t gonna die
      No, no, no ya know he ain’t gonna die

      Sorry my comments were so long.

  24. Chrissie F. says:

    Fix You by Coldplay

  25. Esther says:

    dont wanna miss a thing from Aerosmith.
    In facto every love song reminds me Tatiana & Alexander.

  26. Maree says:

    I will always remember you” Sarah Mclachlan ~ I will remember you, will you remember me?” “Don’t let your life pass you by” clinging to a past that doesn’t let me choose”

  27. francien says:

    1812 Overture …… What an ending!!

  28. Brandi Collier says:

    I have many songs that remind me of Tatia and Shura but two of the main ones are:

    Faith Hill – “Baby You Belong” – For the two of them.

    Alice in Chains – “Rooster” makes me think of Alexander.


    I just want you to know that this series drew me in from the very beginning. I am a farely new fan of yours. The raw emotion and love between Tatiana and Alexander is absolutely beautiful. This series is my all time favorite. I have passed my books along to so many family members and friends hoping they would enjoy them as much as I have. I have re-read them multiple times and they are better each time .. i wish their story would never end. Yesterday I finished reading and said “I am going to try and email Paullina, and tell her how much I love this story. I am dieing to read the conclusion.” I had no idea there would be a 3rd book (although the 2nd did end in a way that would suggest that) or a movie being made (which I will be sure to see the opening night!). But I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Good stories like yours are a great get away from everyday life.

    You have touched so many people from all walks of life, it’s beautiful.

  29. Daria Bartosiewicz says:

    1. Janusz Radek-Kiedy umrę kochanie (A Polish song)

  30. Daria Bartosiewicz says:

    Untitled (“When I Die My Darling”) – Halina Poświatowska
    Translated by Marek Lugowski

    when I die my darling
    when I part with the sun
    to become an oblong object rather sad

    will you then draw me closer
    embrace me
    and fix what savage fate broke

    I often think of you
    I often write to you

    silly letters — love within them and smiles

    then I hide them in the stove
    let the flame jump word to word
    before it calmly goes to sleep in the ashes

    looking in the flame my darling
    I am thinking — what will happen
    to my heart hungry for love

    so please do not allow after all
    for me to die in a world
    which is dim and which is cold

  31. Daria Bartosiewicz says:

    And also REM- Night Swimming

  32. Martina says:

    I chose “Cinema Paradiso” by Ennio Morricone, but In particular i love this version of the violinist Itzhak Perlman :

  33. Dorota Iskra says:

    Dear Paullina
    This is the song which reminds me T&A story:
    Joe dassin- ” et si tu n’existais pas” this is the song about Tatiana and Aleksander.
    love in spite of adversity, and love – perhaps even more difficult in everyday life and, above all, love to the end

    Another one this is “Hymn of the love” (of a Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13,1-13)

    Thank you to share with us your talent. I have no words (especially in English – I’m Polish) to express how much T & A story touched me as much conquered my mind … not even thought that I have ever lived are reading this novel – and read a lot.
    Thank you again.

    from Cracow

  34. jessica bastidas-viera says:

    Oh my god. Hope I’m not too late. Love TBH series. No books have touched me in this way. I carry Tatiana and Alexander’s story with me everyday. Thank you Paullina for this gift you’ve given us. Here goes.

    TBH – Unintended by Muse – As heartwrenching as T&A’s love
    T&A – White as snow by U2
    TSG – Unchained melody by righteous brothers – I can see through their curtains. Tatia and Alexander dancing in their living room in their Arizona home

    Finally, White Nights by Ludovico Einaudi. Found this on youtube while researching white nights in leningrad. Beautiful