The first novel in a beautiful, heartbreaking new trilogy from Paullina Simons, the international bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.
Can true love ever die? Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine. Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him—and everyone else in his life—by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground. But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart—seemingly forever.
Should You read The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons?
“I should have kissed you.”
The Tiger Catcher is one of my most anticipated books of 2019 because of The Bronze Horseman series. If you’ve read and loved the series, you KNOW what I’m talking about. Did The Tiger Catcher live up to my expectations? Let me explain…
“Listen to me very carefully,” Devi said. “Take your assumptions about what you know and throw them all out the window. All of them. You need to learn a new language. The language of the meridian, of universal time, of hope, and of faith.”
The story is a mix of both time-travel and historical romance where Julian and Ashton are our protagonists. Julian is a part-time blogger and during the rest of the day he manages an antique shop with his best friend Ashton. While visiting an audition, he glimpses Josephine and is enamoured by her. After a few months, he meets her again and soon they fall in love with each other. His friends are astonished and nervous at Julian’s behaviour when he proposes marriage to Josephine after only a few months of dating. Joesphine says yes and while everything seems alright for the couple, it’s not. For Josephine harbours many secrets of her won and before Julian could discover most of them, she dies in a tragic shoot-out.
Flash forward a year
Julian is still grieving and has been on drugs because he kept seeing Josephine everywhere. At his birthday party, he meets an old woman who asks him to doubt about his hallicunations of Josephine. What is the truth? Who is Josephine? Is she alive, somehow?..somewhere?
“Are you prepared to risk everything to gain nothing…but there was another outcome…couldn’t he risk everything, and gain everything?”
I liked Ashton and even Devi-a shaman who advices Julian- but I didn’t like Josephine. There’s adventure and tragedy in this book. I did NOT expect that twist after Part 1. This is not your run-off-the-mill romance but this is unique because of its fantasy elements.
Overall, I recommend you read this book(the first in a trilogy) if you loved Paullina’s previous books, if you love books with genre crossovers, time travel, adventure, and hollywood setting along with other beautiful places.
P.S.: There’s a grand US-only Giveaway you can participate on here and on Instagram
Thanks to Paullina Simons, William & Morrow and Jennifer at Over the River Public Relations for including me on the blog tour.
About the Author:
Paullina Simons was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR. In 1968, her father was arrested for protesting the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia and spent the next five years of his life in the Gulag prison camps and in exile. In the mid-seventies, Paullina and her family managed to leave the U.S.S.R. and immigrate to the United States. While growing up in Russia Paullina dreamed of someday becoming a writer. Her dreams were put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.
After graduating from the University of Kansas and various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator, Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth, the book was welcomed by readers all over the world. She has since written twelve novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and two children’s books. Her books have been published in over 23 countries, sold millions of copies, and have been on many bestseller lists around the world. Paullina has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas, and now lives in New York with her husband and half of her children.