Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

The Boy on the Bridge
 by Natalie Standiford

A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.

Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?


Historical fiction has always had an important place in my heart, I love it. Now add star-crossed lovers during the cold war and I'm in.

Also, now that I, myself, am going to be an Exchange student this summer(!) I am more amazed than ever about the cultural shock and the way less fortunate people in the world live, it's not good to live in a bubble, you know? Let's get educated :)


  1. I did not know Standiford had a new book coming-I like her writing and this sounds like a big change for her so I'm excited to check it out! Enjoy your study abroad-are you going to Europe?

    1. Brazil. I wanted an exotic, culture-filled place :)

  2. This is a definite must read for me! My boyfriend is Russian so I can probably relate to Laura... in some ways haha
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