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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Updated on October 27, 2014
Mother and Me
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Historical Fiction, Relationships, Mystery...this Book has it All!

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors. She does such an excellent job of building the characters in her novels so you really get to feel that they are real people and you become very interested in their lives.

The latest book that I have read by her, Winter Garden is no exception. It has everything that I enjoy in a novel: historical fiction, relationships and a bit of a mystery. In particular this novel explores relationships between mothers and daughters and between sisters.

The photo is one I took with my Mother when she was in a nursing home.

Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden is one of those books I just couldn't put down. The author was able to pull you into the lives of the characters so completely that I just had to keep reading to find out more. The book is tragic in many ways and yet hopeful. It tells of the lives of sisters and how they are wrapped around a fairy tale told by their mother. There are times I wanted the story to move faster and yet in retrospect I see how the details were needed to really get immersed in the story.

Very moving and touching tale. I also love the references to times and places in history. I rarely read books more than once, but I had read this book in January and then reread it for book club in September. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Excellent book!

The Siege of Leningrad - the historical part of Winter Garden

Although Winter Garden takes place in the present, the main character is also telling about her life during the siege of Leningrad. We discussed this book for one of our monthly book clubs and the hostess presented us with a short history of the siege of Leningrad. I found it extremely interesting. She also had photographs that she showed from various places in Leningrad and in present day St. Petersburg. She was able to show us the building where the characters in the story worked and the bridge where the lovers met. It really made the story come alive.

This book is a historical account of the Siege of Leningrad.

Bridges in Leningrad

scene in book

In the book one of the characters meets another on a bridge like this in Leningrad. When we discussed it in my book club the hostess showed slides of all of the various sites that were mentioned in the book. It made the discussion very meaningful.

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Sitka Alaska

In the book, the characters meet up with people in Sitka, Alaska and explore their past history. It is a very touching part of the book. The photo here is one I took when we visited Sitka.

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      Barbara Walton 

      4 years ago from France

      I'd never heard of Kristin Hannah but I'm going to put this book on my 'must read' list right now.

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      4 years ago

      I like novels, historical novels, spy stories, medical mysteries anything but Horror! I'm a real push over for getting bent out of shape with horror,.......

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      5 years ago

      I love just about anything... mystery, fiction, science, biography... I just love reading!

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      6 years ago

      I like mysteries and travel fiction. This does sound like a good book.

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      texan203 lm 

      6 years ago

      Very well done lens.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I like non-fiction books mostly, and how-to books also.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It seems you and I have similar taste in books as well as lighthouses! I also reviewed this book. :-) Kristen Hannah is an excellent writer and I highly recommend anything she writes.


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