SPOILER ALERT: Don't read unless you've read Tatiana and Alexander.
OK - I was just out with Shannon at a Girls' Night Out for our friend Beth who is also reading The Bronze Horseman (yes, I am responsible for that)...and Nancy...and Mary Kay who will be reading it along with Tracey when they are all finished their current books. (Nobody puts Baby in the corner...and nobody says "No" to Carol when she's feisty about a book. I'm way too much of a pain in the ass; it's easier to just give in.)
So Shannon and I are both sad sacks (holy crap, I had no idea that's a WWII term!) since finishing T&A. We talked a lot tonight about Shura and what a mess he was toward the end because of what he's been through...and how even Tatiana's cheery disposition isn't going to be able to calm his troubled mind. Shannon thinks being in the US will help. But I almost wonder if it will make things harder. Kindof like "I finally got here after all those years of longing and I'm still miserable."
My biggest fear is that Alexander is going to have a hard time bonding with Anthony. Well, that and that they're going to have a hard time GETTING to Anthony. But the bonding thing scares me. Shannon thinks Anthony's going to be older and playing the drums too loudly and Shura's going to go all Charlie Sheen on him. (Clearly no one is WINNING in that scenario.)
I have to wonder what will bring me to tears in the next book. Tania was the one who made me cry at every turn in T&A because she was so damned brave - and so longing for Alexander in her new life. Time was standing still and she was so lost without him. And yes, he was lost and literally living in hell...but she thought he was dead. OH and did I mention I LOVED when she told him in not so many words "We're both the only family each other has." OMG - waterworks. Tito get me a tissue.
Also - I bought a new lipstick (well, if you can call tube lip gloss from Bath and Body Works "lipstick") and tonight when I was putting it on, I wondered "What would Shura think of this?" Not a good sign. I'm thinking I need to dive into The Summer Garden PDQ.