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Winter Garden Paperback – January 4, 2011
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At the start of "Winter Garden," we meet two pre-teen sisters, Meredith and Nina Whitson. We see them briefly act in a play, a story their mother has told them that seems to be of a worthy, yet poor, young woman, her sister, and the prince who rescues her. But the play angers and upsets their mother, Anya, who cannot tell them why; this makes them vow never to try to please their mother again.
Then we see them as full-fledged adults -- Meredith, the nurturer, someone who takes on difficult jobs around the house and at her job without praise or fanfare and is running herself into the ground, and Nina, the prize-winning and world-renowned photojournalist, who takes on difficult jobs in various countries photographing people (mostly in war zones) and is running herself into the ground in a wholly different way. Meredith is married, with two children in college, but her marriage is in trouble because she can't communicate; Nina is in a long-term relationship but can't admit she loves her boyfriend because she isn't able to communicate.Read more ›
There have been many novels lately that flip back and forth between the past and the present, many revolving around wartime. Personally I like that, it is like reading two novels in one. We have seen this in Shanghai Girls, on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Whiskey Island, and countless others. This one gives us an intimate look at Leningrad survivors in the Russian/German war. It varies in the fact that the past is presented as a fairy tale by the Russian mother of two American born daughters. All three are strong-willed and feeling incomplete and do not relate well to each other. As adults, grief unites them and a death-bed promise forces them to face and come to know each other as well as themselves.
It starts as the two young daughters Meredith and Nina fail time and again in seeking affection from their cold, distant mother. When they were young their mother would tell them this fairy tale at night, practically the only communication they had between them at the time. It mesmerized them, leaving them wanting more, but the story telling stopped suddenly and does not continue until their adulthood when circumstances brings about the completion of the tale. In actuality the "fairy tale" is the story of their mother's young life in Russia.Read more ›
Usually, if I don't get into a book in the first 20 pages, I put it down and move on to the next book. There are just too many good books to try to keep reading a bad one. This book was never BAD, but it is hard to get into and parts of it aren't believable. In between those parts, though, are some beautifully written passages about the characters in the book. The relationship between the sisters was especially fun to watch develop.
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I found this book to be great to read. It was hard to put down. I loved it.Published 17 hours ago by Lois Vaughan
Characters were overdrawn, plot too amateurish, there was too much detail, story line was tedious. I wouldn't recommend this book.Published 21 hours ago by ECL
Someone referred this book to me. At first I thought it was a slow start. But after that, I got drawn in, and loved it. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Bev E
Yet another terrific Kristin Hannah read. Good story, well written and focused on three complex and well developed members of the same family getting to know and learning to love... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Richard Whittington
This was a good read that started off slow but the momentum built as the story continued. I really like Hannah's writing style.Published 1 day ago by Sue Pacella
Good story - did not care for language. I have served on PTA boards, political boards, philanthropic boards and I have never met women who use that kind of "gutter"... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sally
Good characters...drama not so overly stated one would question the plausibility. Terrific!Published 1 day ago by Judy Flanagan