Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy on the Bridge

Waiting on Wednesday idea from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


The Boy on the Bridge
 by Natalie Standiford

* Published by: Scholastic Press (US)
* Format: Hardcover (US)
* Release Date: July 30th, 2013 (US)
* On Amazon: here

Summary from

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? 

I loved Natalie Standiford's debut novel, How to Say Goodbye in Robot, and I've now made myself want to re-read it just by thinking about it again. Ahem. Anyway. It was SO GOOD, and because of that I want to read all her books that she ever publishes. Also, this one's set during the Cold War and sounds brilliant. Sign me up!


Hollie said...

This one does sound really good, I like how it's set in the Cold War. I haven't seen many books set in that period, so I'll definitely look out for this one. Thanks for the introduction!

caroline.taylor078 said...

Sounds really good, I have never read one of her books before but I was really interested in the one about the Sullivan sisters, never got around to getting it for some reason.Anyway the cover for this book is gorgeous!