Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Dec 29, 2013

Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

It's been so long since I've posted a book review! I will be posting them more frequently again so stay tuned for more! :)

Book Summary from Goodreads:
Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time - and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother's life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

My thoughts:
Why did I wait so long to read this book??

I'm not gonna lie... it took me quite a while to get into this book. It started off with alot of background info, but then eventually I was hooked. Anya has a powerful and heart wrenching story to tell and I love how much her story made a difference in her daughter's and her life after telling it. The ending was a complete surprise for me and I ended up shedding many, many tears. I'm such a sap lately when it comes to stories like these. This book does go back and forth from past to present day and I love that it was written that way.

I love any and all stories and accounts of WWII and this book provided some info on a different aspect of the war than what I've read before. Kristin Hannah always does a great job with her books and this one is no exception. This is a highly recommended read to anyone who likes WWII or historical fiction.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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