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Bellagrand by Paullina Simons

On December 31, 2013

By Sophia Whitfield

Bellagrand is the much-anticipated sequel to Children of Liberty, the love story that led to The Bronze Horseman.

Paullina Simons has sold over two million copies of her novels in Australia. The Bronze Horseman was the first book in a trilogy that gripped readers around the globe. Born in Leningrad, Russia, Simons’s family inspired The Bronze Horseman.

Bellagrand begins in 1911 with Italian immigrant Gina giving up everything to be with Boston born blue blooded Harry.Gina is desperate to start a family, but Harry is full of idealism. He wants to live a life far from the trappings of the wealth he experienced as a  child.

Their relationship is fraught as Gina struggles with the consequences of Harry’s loud political views. Through their troubles they find themselves at Bellagrand, a place of beauty and mystery. Here Gina and Harry’s life together slows down as they spend time with their beloved son Alexander, but it is not for long as Harry’s deep seeded sensibilities once more come to the fore beckoning them away from the protected idyllic confines of Bellagrand.

We follow Gina and Harry through four decades and two continents, from extreme poverty to great wealth as Harry pursues his beliefs.

Simons explores the fractured relationships in families as she tells the story of Alexander’s parentage. Bellagrand is a gripping novel that will keep the reader entranced from page one.



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