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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing

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.

Loved this book an amazing and powerful journey.
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message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I get pulled into the stories of family relationships, too. Hmmm, I wonder why . . .

message 1: by Vlmvic (new)

Vlmvic Finished this book yesterday. Anya's story is AMAZING and heartwrenching. How her experiences formed her life shaped the person she became and the relationship with her daughters, how their perception of their mother changed once hearing the whole 'tale.' This Russian history inner-twined, it's hard to believe these things happened to people. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book.

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