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Winter Garden (2010)

by Kristin Hannah

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Slow start, but then fascinating. ( )
  rhactor | Apr 17, 2016 |
This book sat on the top of my "To-Be-Read" pile for over a year. I have no excuse for why it took me so long to read this book. This author writes some very true-to-life emotions into her stories. This author is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors to read because she fills her stories with human emotions. Most of the story was really believable. I did connect with the character, Meredith. By the end of the story, I wanted a happy ending for her. The ending was good, but not very happy. I will be suggesting this book to patrons at the library. ( )
  BrendaKlaassen | Feb 21, 2016 |
What a beautiful, tragic, inspiring story. This book is a journey that you see a lot in young adult novels but not a lot in adult novels—a journey of finding yourself. That's probably why I loved it so much. I'd recommend this book in a heartbeat. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 3, 2016 |
I give this book a 4 and 1/2 if i could. Great characters, interesting plot, moves along nicely. Two sisters dealing with the sudden death of their beloved father must now keep a promise to him of caring for their cold-hearted mother whom they feel has never really loved them. The only positive interaction they have had with her is when she told them fairy tales as children. Through her telling of her fairy tales all these years later, a truth about their mother and ultimately themselves is revealed and will change the course of all their lives. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I give this book a 4 and 1/2 if i could. Great characters, interesting plot, moves along nicely. Two sisters dealing with the sudden death of their beloved father must now keep a promise to him of caring for their cold-hearted mother whom they feel has never really loved them. The only positive interaction they have had with her is when she told them fairy tales as children. Through her telling of her fairy tales all these years later, a truth about their mother and ultimately themselves is revealed and will change the course of all their lives. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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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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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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