Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Book Review

Hello all!

I am back with another book review! Wow! I really have got into a habit of reviewing books, but then when will I finish my book? 😏😏

The book that I finished yesterday – in line with my “complete in two days” habit – was Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
Blurb:

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 I’ll, 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 of them 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 foundations of their family and change who they think they are. 

Mesmerizing from the first page to last, Winter Garden is an evocative, heartbreaking novel that navigates the enduring links between past and present and the layered landscape of the human heart. 

Review:

Wow! Just a big WOW!!! 

After I finished the book and turned over the cover of the book, I was left gazing in the space before my eyes. That’s the effect this book had on me! I couldn’t speak or think anything.

The story starts with two girls Meredith and Nina trying everything to catch their mother’s attention. They desire their mother’s love, which they have always missed. Their father is the one who tells them that their mother really doesn’t despise them. He assures his girls that their mother loves them, which the girls find hard to believe

Their life passes on. Meredith is a mother of two young girls while Nina is a famous photographer. Years later they are forced to come together when their father falls extremely ill. On his deathbed, the father takes promises from all the three women in life. Why does he want them to give their mother another chance? Though she doesn’t seem to ask for one. He tells them just one thing, to ask their mother to complete the fairy tale which she used to tell them when they were children.

What promises were those that bring the women, who are aloof to each other come together again? So close that they reach Alaska! What is the reason that the mother, Anya, has been like an ice queen to her own daughters? Why does she not feel cold? Why is she always in the garden though it is extremely cold? Why is the Winter Garden so important to her?

The story is bound to leave you speechless. As the story proceeded, lumps rose in my throat and I was happy to have selected to read this book!

A special thanks for the book goes to Josh! You should have a look at his blog and his latest post about his short film titled Positive! Congratulations buddy!! Waiting for the red carpet invite from you soon! 😂😂

Do read it my dear friends and you will surely love it!

This one gets a 5/5 score from me! A lovely book to read, a new experience and expressions that will leave you mesmerized!

Lots of love…

Syeda 

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