Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn’t know her mother?
From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past
Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at...more
With the death of the patriarch comes the further disintegration of an already fragile bond between a distant, secretive mother and her daughters who are as different as can be. With the loss of their father, Meredith and Nina Whitson find themselves no closer to their mother at a time when they should have found comfort in one another. Instead their mother retre...more
What starts as a dysfunctional domestic situation between 2 sisters (American born) and their Russian-born mother ends up being so much more. Grief and a deathbed promise brings these unhappy women reluctantly together, and what seemed like a familial dysfunction be...more
At the beginning I thought some of the dialogue was cheesy, but I could see a story developing. I didn't know until about half way through what an amazing, haunting, mesmerizing story awaited. The way Hannah wrote Vera's story was so vivid I felt I played the character of Vera's shadow and felt every emotion and saw the world through her eyes.
It was i...more
However, at the persuasion of more friends, I decided to give her another chance, so I chose Winter Garden as my fluff read at the end of last year to balance the stress. I was so wrong.
And c'mon, its cover was just crying to fit a Winter challenge somewhere!
Still it was a very good book, and I am glad that I decided to read it. Just reminds me that I need to stretch my legs occasiona...more
Why this book? recommended by mom
Which book format? kindle enhanced version
Primary reading environment? vacation with mom
Any preconceived notions? high-strung, emotional
Identify most with? urge to run
Three little words? “Mom turned slowly”
Goes well with? meal at Veselka
Recommend this to? boyfriend (for recipes)
Two weeks ago, I sent my mom a copy of an application essay, and her response was enthusiastically supportive, something along the lines of "Why do y...more
My first Kristin Hannah's book, it was highly recommended if you are an ardent fan of Jodi Picoult. This is a heavy book, but unlike Jodi Picoult, it veers toward the lightness of the writing to bring up the heavy issue.
This book was a slow start, but it got interesting in the middle towards the end.
At first, it started as a small story, on why Anya Whitson, even as a mother to Meredith and Nina, seemed to not love her daughters. The daughters feel unw...more
Anya Whitson is a Russian immigrant who moves to the United States after marrying her American husband. Anya is very hard woman who shows no love to her two daughters, Meredith and Nina, throughout their lives. Nina is an unsettled world traveling photographer and Meredith is a workaholic wife and mother who remains home to run the family orchard and never does anything for herself, it's always for others.
Winter Garden is basically broken into two stories. The "present day" story (that's really 2000/2001) is filled with some seriously frustrating people. It's hard to understand why Meredith responds (or doesn't) to her husband, Jeff, the way she does. It is frustrating to watch her continually hurt him and him continually try to love her. Her younger sister, Nina, is a selfish brat and a journalist. She ha...more
This is story about the two sisters and their cold and distants mother. They cannot understand how her mothers can be a loving wife but don't care about their daughters. They keep on trying to seek attention from their mothers, but her coldness broke their heart , little by little.
Near the death of their father, her mother was requested to tell them a full of her fairy tale. A tale tha...more
So, I decided to read Winter Garden, and I'm very glad that I did. The story tells of two sisters, who lead very disparate lives, but are forced to deal with each other and their mother, who had always been v...more
By living through the Siege of Leningrad as a young wife and mother, Vera is forced to make decisions that no woman should ever have to make. She faces devastating losses and manages to keep living because that is what the women in her life have taught her to do. Guilt and heartbreak close her heart to a relationship with her daughters. Her husband's dying wish is for her to tell their daughters a fa...more
First off, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Second, it well written and engaging. Third, this book could have gone 100 different ways and she went with it with a direction I could live with. And finally, I cried, twice. I don't cry over books.
This book is about two sisters who were raised by a very loving American father and a very hateful Russian mother. They never felt like their mother loved or cared about them. As adults their father, who is dying, begs them to get to k...more
On the surface it's a book about two sisters - Meredith and Nina Whitson, but underneath, this book is so much more. It's about surviving in cold Leningrad during World War II.
First half of the book is slightly boring, it's about Meredith and Nina, their lives; not much happens. But when their mother starts telling them story about the girl Veronika, you enter this new world. You can't wait for the chapters when they go back in time and when magic occurs.
This book is so...more
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last! From the very beginning of the book, I was swept up into the very intriguing story of these characters. I just could not put this book down. Great story, great characters and phenomenal storytelling by Kristin Hannah! A...more
Then suddenly it turned into so much more. I think the last part of the book is as powerful as anything I've read. It' not that it was shocking or surprising, but that the emotional impact simply kept buildi...more
When the father dies the mother goes into decline and the two sisters fall...more
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