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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden (2010)

by Kristin Hannah

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I don't like abandoning books, but I just can't get into this one. I've attempted reading it twice and maybe its just that I always try to read it around Christmas and don't have time to get into it, but I think it's just that I don't end up really wanting to get into it even after reading half of the book. It's not the genre, this book is just not for me.

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I'm a sucker for stories about the Russian Revolution and the subsequent years, so it's no surprise that I love this book. Hannah creates some truly moving characters in this novel - none perfect, but all human. ( )
  jwarbler | Jan 31, 2015 |
An emotionally gripping, heart tugging and powerful story with multiple relationships about love and the choices we make. I cried a few times throughout. Meredith and Nina. at their fathers death bed. promise to listen to their estranged mothers 'fairy tale' about war-torn Leningrad under Stalin's rule. ( )
  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Book haunts me to this day. I keep thinking about my little ones and what I would do as a mother if faced with war. I couldn't put this one down. ( )
  annertan | Jul 31, 2014 |
My favorite of the Kristin Hannah books I've read. ( )
  Julia.Reeb | Jul 23, 2014 |
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Resisting the urge to skip ahead so I could find out what happens was a serious problem with this novel. Even though there are a number of stories told in this novel; Meredith's struggles with her marriage, Nina's struggles with love and family, Anya's struggles with her past, and Veronika's story in Russia, everything flows so smoothly.

What starts out as a story of three struggling women turns into a beautiful story... one that literally brough tears to my eyes. I found that this book allowed me to laugh, cry, yell and hurt and a book that does that is a very powerful book.

Overall, this book needs to be read... it deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf! Well done Kristin Hannah, I will be reading many more of your books in the future!
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The Whitson family is rocked by the sudden death of patriarch Evan, a warm, loving man who doted on his two adult daughters, Meredith and Nina, and his reserved Russian wife, Anya. Meredith, who runs the family business, and Nina, a photojournalist whose job takes her to war zones around the world, have never been able to connect with their cold, forbidding mother. When Anya begins to act strangely, Meredith thinks she belongs in a nursing home, but Nina decides to try to fulfill her father's dying wish and get her mother to tell her and Meredith the elaborate fairy tales she used to share with them. Anya is initially reluctant, but once she begins, Nina realizes these tales are actually the story of Anya's life in Stalinist Leningrad. Meredith and Nina decide to attempt to uncover the truth about their mother's tragic past in the hope of understanding her, and themselves.
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Prologue: 1972
To my husband Benjamin: As Always. To my Mother: I wish I had listened to more of your light stories when I had the chance. To my dad and Debbie: Thanks for the trip of a lifetime and memories that will last even longer. And to my beloved Tucker: I am so proud of you; your journey is just beginning.
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On the banks of the mighty Columbia River, in this icy season, when every breath became visable, the orchard called Bele Nochi, was quiet. Dormant apple trees stretched as far as the eye could see.
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The dying wish of a loving father ignites a family drama that brings two sisters and their acid-tongued, Russian-born mother together in a story that reaches back to WWII Leningrad.

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