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Paullina Simons is an American writer of Russian origin and the International bestselling author of historical fiction and mystery novels.

Born and raised in Leningrad, presently known as St. Petersburg, Paullina is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

She did various jobs after graduating from university, including serving as a financial journalist and as a translator, before writing her first novel, Tully (1994).

Having lived in Rome, London, and Dallas, Paullina currently resides near New York City with her husband and most of her children.

More about Paullina Simons

Genres: Children's Book, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Suspense

Born: 1963

United States

Website: paullinasimons.com/books/

Non Series

  • Tully (1994)
  • Red Leaves (1996)
  • Eleven Hours (1998)
  • The Girl in Times Square (2004)
  • Road to Paradise (2007)
  • A Song in the Daylight (2009)
  • Bellagrand (2013)
  • Lone Star (2015)

Non-fiction

  1. Six Days in Leningrad (2013)

Picture Books

  1. I Love My Baby Because (2014)
  2. Poppet Gets Two Big Brothers (2015)

The Bronze Horseman Series

  1. Children of Liberty (2012)
  2. The Bronze Horseman (2000)
  3. Tatiana and Alexander (2003)
  4. The Summer Garden (2005)
  5. Tatiana's Table (2007)

End of Forever Series

  1. The Tiger Catcher (2019)
  2. A Beggar's Kingdom (2019)
  3. Inexpressible Island (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Tully

Tully Makker is a young, hard as nails woman from the rough side of town. Although she isn’t the easiest to like, whenever Tully offers friendship and allegiance, she offers them for good.

She as such starts a friendship with Jennifer and Julie, friends from school who come from completely different backgrounds.

As they grow into the life of the seventies and eighties, the lives of the three best friends quickly changes course after they cross paths with two young men named Robin and Jack—with the ensuing tragedy consuming them all.

Despite the insurmountable odds, Tully progresses into young womanhood, marriage and a career.

She finally seems to have control of everything in her life, until life hits back in the most devastating of ways.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 1994
Ebook: B01N0USJSH
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Red Leaves

Set in a snowbound Ivy League college, this story is based on the relationship of four students, with murder and mystery at the centre of it all.

It all begins when an Ivy League campus is sent into chaos and intrigue following the mysterious death of a student.

Kristina Kim seems like a happy and gifted basketball star, until all her secrets are exposed.

When her lifeless body is discovered in the snow, local detective Spencer O’Malley, a man who had partially fallen for her, is bestowed with the responsibility of solving the crime.

As all the attention now turns to her three closest friends, a story as gothic and intense as a modern-day Wuthering Heights begins to unravel.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 1996
Ebook: B0061RROQ4
Publisher: Harper Collins
Eleven Hours

It’s a sweltering day in Texas.

The life of one heavily pregnant young woman revolves around shopping, her husband, children, and the added anticipation of another baby on the way.

While leaving the shopping mall for home, her world as she knows suddenly changes when she is unexpectedly bundled into a car and abducted by a desperate young man.

What could he possibly want? And where exactly is he taking her?

A desperate husband; a high speed chase both on land and on air; and an easy going FBI agent who may or may not be as good as he thinks he is.

Eleven Hours is an exciting tale about a woman in danger and a man determined to rescue her.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0006551119
Publisher: Flamingo
The Girl in Times Square

Lily Quinn is a young and broke New York City girl who is struggling to finish college, pay her rent, and find love.

Given how the most exciting things only happen to the people around her, Lily has gotten used to her uneventful life. That however changes when Amy, her roommate and best friend, mysteriously vanishes.

Enter Spencer Patrick O’Malley, a self-centered NYPD detective whose best years are well behind him.

Despite their differences, the two find themselves drawn to each other.

As Spencer’s quest to find Amy intensifies, Lily finds herself fighting for her life, making her question everything she ever thought she knew about her friend and family.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0062444356
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Road to Paradise

It’s the summer of 1981.

Shelby Sloane plans to drive cross country in her classic yellow Mustang given to her as a graduation present. In California, she hopes to find her alienated mother who abandoned her a long time ago, and return East just in time to start college.

Her plan however quickly changes when her childhood friend Gina joins along, desperate to reunite with her boyfriend in Bakersfield.

Their road trip however suddenly takes a dangerous turn after they pick up Candy Cane, a strange girl whose dark past quickly turns their world on its head.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0062444332
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
A Song in the Daylight

“How well can you really claim to know someone?”

When asked whether she is happy with her husband, children or friends, Larissa Stark's answer would be a definitive yes.

Although they may at times be too occupied and grouchy, she is happily married, lives in a dream house, and has everything she could ever have wanted.

Everything however changes after she crosses paths with a young man who sets her soul on fire.

And out of nowhere, her beautiful home seems like hell.

Could an intense attraction make her consider the inconceivable?

Regardless of the choice she makes, someone will be betrayed.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0062444370
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Bellagrand

Gina is a sympathetic and strongly independent Italian immigrant who eagerly wants a family.

Harry is a visionary and a passionately political Boston royalty who wants to create a better country and, by extension, a better world.

Glued together by their intense attraction, they rage and shatter each other’s hearts, only to be forced to make a choice that will go a long way in sealing their fate.

Their adventures takes them through four decades and two continents, through victories and defeats, from the wooden planks of the immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the affluent halls and hidden doors of a mysterious place known as Bellagrand.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062098139
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Lone Star

Weeks before joining college and beginning a new life away from her home in Maine, Chloe takes off for a European adventure with her boyfriend and two of her closest friends.

Although headed to Barcelona, they must first go through the historic cities of Eastern Europe in order to fulfill an old family promise.

It is while on their journey in this emerging post-Communist world that Chloe crosses paths with Johnny, a fascinating American wanderer hiding endless secrets.

As the improbable group of friends and lovers journeys across the old world from Treblinka to Trieste, Karnikava to Krakow, and Vilnius to Venice, they will experience an adventure that will forever change their lives.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062098153
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Non-fiction

Six Days in Leningrad

Just a few chapters into writing her first story set in her native homeland of Russia, Paullina Simons travelled to Leningrad, presently known as St Petersburg, with her beloved Papa.

What however began as a research trip quickly turned into six days that would forever change her life, her family, and the novel that came to be known as The Bronze Horseman (2000).

A quarter-century after leaving her mother country, Paullina and her father returned to find a devastated world with deteriorating stucco buildings, families living in incredibly tiny communal apartments, and infertile fields ravaged by bombs so much that they would never grow anything even fifty years on.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0732298807
Publisher: Harper Collins

Picture Books

I Love My Baby Because

Bedtime should never be boring. Cuddle up with this funny and cheering debut picture book by internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons.

In this cozy and cheering book, a mother celebrates everything that her toddler can do throughout her daily routine.

From the fun and chaos that comes with getting dressed and feeding, to snuggling up for a bedtime story, this book is full of a number of memorable moments.

Full of humor, cuddles and the kind love that only a mother would have for their young one; this celebration of toddlerhood is perfect for every parent.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007313358
Publisher: Harper Collins
Poppet Gets Two Big Brothers

Poppet was always the centre of attention for her Mummy and Daddy.

To them, she was the only thing that mattered.

She was the only one they swung, and they clapped every time she took a step.

Things however change when Mummy starts giving her attention to two CREATURES – her big brothers!

At first, Poppet wants to be the only one grabbing Mummy’s attention and isn’t willing to share.

But with time, she learns that dressing up, painting, and playing ball is only fun when done with the entire family!

This funny sequel to I Love My Baby Because (2014) by internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons is something that both brothers and sisters should read together.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0007313365
Publisher: Harper Collins

The Bronze Horseman Series

Children of Liberty

Gina Attaviano leaves Sicily for Boston, with only the clothes on her back, in a desperate bid to begin a new chapter.

Harry Barrington is descendant of one of the most accomplished businessmen in New England.

Despite being poles apart, with their families vehemently opposing their union, the two share an unshakable bond.

Living in a time of change for a growing nation, Gina and Harry have to muster the will to do what is right, regardless of the price that they’ll pay.

This moving novel tells the story of how nothing can ever stand in the way of true love.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062103239
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Bronze Horseman

With golden skies, white nights and eternal renewal, the city of fallen grandeur holds great promise for sisters Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who reside in a single room in a crowded flat with their brother and parents.

All that however changes when Nazi forces attack Russia, launching their destined blitz to Leningrad.

In the midst of the darkness, Tatiana crosses paths with a courageous young Red Army officer named Alexander.

Although the two fall in love, hunger and desperation soon devastates the city.

Their impossible love however threatens to not only divide the Metanova family, but also expose Alexander’s dangerous and well-guarded secrets.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0061854149
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Tatiana and Alexander

Pregnant and widowed at eighteen years old, Tatiana runs away from Leningrad—which has been devastated by war—in a desperate effort to start anew in America.

Demons from her past however won’t let her rest.

Tatiana suddenly becomes obsessed by the feeling that Alexander Belov, her Red Army officer husband, is still alive and severely needs her.

Elsewhere in the Soviet Union, Alexander survives execution by a whisker.

Forced to lead a battalion of very dispensable soldiers, Alexander is not only determined to guide his men through the destroyed Europe, but also find the love of his life, Tatiana.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0061987465
Publisher: Avon
The Summer Garden

Years of war have made Tatiana and Alexander see the very worst of the twentieth century.

Now somehow reunited in America with a lovely son named Anthony, the young couple finally seems to have found some happiness and stability.

Hardened by the very worst of war, the must now figure out how to live together in postwar America.

But with the Cold War rising, sinister forces in their adopted country threaten their newfound lives, family, and peace that they struggled so hard to find.

Will they sit back and watch as the demons from their past tear apart their family?

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0061988226
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Tatiana's Table

It has been quite a while since Tatiana last made lazy cabbage for Alexander.

Yet the memory is still very clear: her grandmother’s quiet yet moderately husky voice, the taking of the tram across the river, the waning afternoon, and the pain of her fractured leg.

Most important of all is the longing to prepare something for a special someone, for the simple reason of pleasing him.

This book is a collection of Tatiana and Alexander's Recipes for Food and Love.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0007241606
Publisher: Harper Collins

End of Forever Series

The Tiger Catcher

The young and good-looking Julian seems to be living the dream life in Los Angeles, until his entire world turns on its axis after an affair with Josephine, a mysterious young woman who he completely falls for.

But unbeknownst to him is the fact that the woman holds dark secrets that could possibly tear them apart forever.

This marks the beginning of Julian and Josephine’s remarkable journey of love, loss, and the mysterious forces that hold people together across time and space.

It's an adventure that will either project Julian towards his happily ever after, or a life of eternal agony.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062394767
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
A Beggar's Kingdom

"Is there such a thing as a fate beyond the fates?"

Having already disappointed Josephine once, Julian is determined to do the unthinkable and attempt to save the love of his life, despite the overwhelming odds stacked against him.

This marks the beginning of Julian and Josephine’s remarkable journey of an incredible adventure across time and space.

As they race against history and the clock, they face numerous dangers and lethal enemies.

In the midst of beauty and elation, bloodshed and treachery, every time they cheat death, Julian and Josephine draw dangerously closer to an inconceivable sacrifice and a faceoff with destiny.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062098177
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Inexpressible Island

“They had braced themselves for anything...except the end.”

Julian is almost out of time, having lost nearly everything dear to him.

His devastating struggle with destiny however gives him one last chance to rescue the one woman that he would do anything for.

United, Julian and Josephine step up against a persistent enemy that won’t stop until they are destroyed.

The two will however give their all, as they once more attempt to give one another their unfinished lives.

But as time runs out, Julian makes a shocking discovery.

Truly even a man who has lost everything still has room to lose what’s left.

Author: Paullina Simons
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062098191
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks