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 ho
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I got my copy for one cent + $3.99 postage through Amazon. I originally bought it because a friend living half way across the country from me was having to do a review of the book and wanted my take on it. I'm glad she asked me to read it.(less)
WOW. WOW. WOW!!!!
Winter Garden was one of the most breathtaking books that I have ever read in my entire life. And I do not say that lightly. I cried so hard I couldn't even see the pages. The emotions were overpowering and all-consuming. It also has THE. MOST. BEAUTIFUL. EPILOGUE. of all-time. The only other books that has made me cry this hard before has been The Bronze Horseman which is my favorite book in the world... My God, THE FEELS!!!! What began as a fam ...more
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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
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.
When Ev ...more
After their father passes away Meredith and Nina find the following few months rather difficult and soon realize that caring for their mother ...more
"They would always be a family, but if she learned anything in the past few weeks it was that a family wasn't a static thing. There were always changes going on. Like with continents, sometimes the changes were invisible and underground, and sometimes they were explosive and deadly. The...more
Like Nightingale, Winter Garden includes a historical and modern day story (a two-fer, as my GR friend Cathrine calls it!). The historical tale is by far the better story here, and thankfully takes up the majorit ...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.
The story ...more
Winter Garden is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Have a box of tissues handy if you are planning to read! I picked this book up at a Used Book Sale this year -- after loving The Nightingale. Today, I just needed something different to read -- so I pulled it off the shelf. I almost couldn't put it down until it was complete! I was a bit late in picking my son up from swim practice (but traffic happens!!)...
This is a story about love, surviv ...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
Parts of this story about two sisters and their Russian immigrant mother were very interesting. Sometimes I had to put it aside for a while because I couldn’t bear to read too much of the 1940s Leningrad stories at once. Some of the images, about a time I knew little about, were harrowing. It made me so thankful I have never lived through a world war and the tragedies that result. Other ...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
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
No es que no me haya gustado, la narración es maravillosa y la prosa sencilla y fácil de leer; tiene el toque de Kristin y la ...more
Nina and Merideth are sisters who adored the father that was their whole world. They return home as he becomes ill a ...more
The other reason I picked this book out of her many best sellers was the WWII subject (yea, no surprise here, if you know me a little bit).
So, what went wrong FOR ME was, that it wasn't like the blurb suggested- a story about two sisters learning their mother's story about what happened to her in Leningrad during the blockage, it ...more
My sister got my hopes up, oddly, when she said this was chick lit disguised as intellectual - but I couldn't even find the disguise!
This book fell into the category of those home spin wonders of Eileen Gouge and other women who either watch too much of the wrong TV or read the wrong books or something. This had all the things I could hate about a book - writing like, - she worked hard to be the mother her mother wasn't. And she succeeded. She was best friends with her daughters.
Or, bette ...more
This is the second Kristin Hannah book I have read where I have actively DISLIKED the main characters throughout the first half of the book (the other was "True Colors"). Nina and Meredith are the daughters, Anya is the mother - - -and as someone said in an earlier revi ...more
The story within the story, the so-called Fairy Tale ...more
Going into this book, I really had no idea what it was going to be about; I'm not a huge synopsis reader. All I knew was that Kristin Hannah wrote it and most everybody in my book club loves her. Now I know why she is so popular. Through her brilliantly, flawless writing, is a story that hits directly at your heart... and keeps tugging and twisting at it until the very end.
The beginning of the book was on the slower si ...more