November 20, 2014
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
Read from 4/12/17 [ /4/18] to 23rd April 2018
Meridith Whitson, Nina Whiston, Anya Whiston, Stacey
Sometimes when you open the door to your mother's past, you find your own future . . . 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 travelled the world to become a famous photo journalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged women will find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts one last promise from the women in his life. It begins with a story that is unlike anything the sisters have heard before - a captivating, mysterious love story that spans sixty-five years and moves from frozen, war torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. The vividly imagined tale brings these three women together in a way that none could have expected. Meredith and Nina will finally learn the secret of their mother's past and uncover a truth so terrible it will shake the foundation of their family and change who they think they are. Every once in a while a writer comes along who navigates the complex and layered landscape of the human heart. For this generation, it's Kristin Hannah. Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Winter Garden is an evocative, lyrically written novel that will long be remembered.
In this post I will be discussing my feelings and views on the book along with sharing the books information.
This amazingly evocative book tells the story of two sisters learning about their mothers past following their father’s death and so coming to understand why she’d been so emotionally withdrawn from them throughout their lives. It is told by way of an extremely mysterious “fairytale” love story that the mother tells and has been telling the sisters all their lives but she never finished it while they were growing up.
I heard about this book on JenTalksAudiobooks a Bookktube channel on YouTube when she was entrusting about it in a review. She is a booktuber who I know when she recommends books and I read them I will enjoy them as much as she did.
Thanks to how much I enjoyed this book and how well written it was I can honestly say that Kristin has become an auto read author. I can also say that due to Susan Erickson’s (narrator) skill at voicing characters and conveying feelings she is going to be an auto listen narrator for me.
All the characters and the plot were well-developed and believable. Which meant that once you got past the first 6 chapters I was totally engrossed in the story. The three women in this book were really strong, determined and independent women who as a reader you cannot help but fall in love with.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy books that fall in to the genres in the contemporary historical areas and this book fits well in to. those