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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels including FIREFLY LANE, TRUE COLORS and WINTER GARDEN. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
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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.
Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They'd lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast adrift -- not knowing how she was going to survive. Kate's daughter, Marah, was only sixteen years old when her mother died. Consumed with guilt over the fights they'd had during the last months of Kate's life, Marah runs away and becomes a drop-out in society, maintaining no contact with her family. Tully's mother, Cloud, a child of the Sixties, has lived a world of her own dependent on drugs for most of her adult life. She now wants to prove that she can help her daughter. But what will it take for Tully to forgive? And then something momentous happens which causes each one of them to realise what they've done, and what they have become.
A moving, emotional, tear-jerker following two friends living through the 70's, 80's and 90's and the consequences of the life choices they make. 'Chalk and cheese' Tully and Kate meet as awkward teens in 1974 and against the odds become and remain best friends as they chart very different lives.
An excellent read and a good insight into how families can be torn apart by military conflict. It is a role-reversal tale for it is the wife and mother, Jolene, who is deployed to Afghanistan, she is a helicopter pilot. The father, Michael, is left with the kids and his demanding lawyer's practice. Things are pretty stretched but they get a hundred times worse when Jolene comes home. Sensitive and poignant this is a heart-wrenching read.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 17 Jul 2011. Why do we always hurt those we love the most?
Compelling and provocative, True Colours is an unforgettable novel about jealousy between sisters, betrayal, passion and forgiveness - and what it means to be a family by the international number 1 bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone. The Grey sisters have always looked after one another. Growing up on a sprawling ranch with an emotionally distant father, they had nowhere else to turn after their mother died. Winona, the oldest, craves her father's approval. Happier reading a book than riding a horse, she knows she isn't the daughter he wanted - but she's determined to prove her worth. Aurora is the peacemaker, trying to keep everyone happy, whilst hiding her own feelings. Vivi Ann, the youngest, is the star of the family. Beautiful and spirited, everything comes easily to her - until a stranger comes to town. When Vivi Ann makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, everything changes. Suddenly the sisters are pitted against each other. Loyalties are tested, secrets revealed - and then a terrible crime threatens to tear their whole community apart.
Now a New York Times number one bestseller, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, is caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that Alaska will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At once an epic story of human survival and love, and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women. The Great Alone is perfect for all those who loved The Light Between Oceans, and fans of Jodi Picoult, Victoria Hislop and Diane Chamberlain. 'Compelling. Moving. Unforgettable' Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan
From the worldwide number one bestselling author of The Nightingale comes Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone, a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss. The New York Times number one bestseller. A woman has to be tough as steel up here. You can't count on anyone to save you and your children. You have to be willing to save yourselves. Thirteen-year-old Leni is coming of age in a tumultuous time. Caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, she dares to hope that Alaska will lead to a better future for her family, and a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown. As Leni grows up in the shadow of her parents' increasingly volatile marriage, she meets Matthew. And Matthew - thoughtful, kind, brave - makes her believe in the possibility of a better life . . . With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah celebrates the remarkable and enduring strength of women. 'A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival, as epic as the Alaskan landscape it so vividly describes' - Kate Morton, author of The House at Riverton 'A masterclass' - Karen Swan
The Grey sisters have always looked after one another. Growing up on a sprawling ranch with an emotionally distant father, they had nowhere else to turn after their mother died.Winona, the oldest, craves her father's approval. Happier reading a book than riding a horse, she knows she isn't the daughter he wanted - but she's determined to prove her worth. Aurora is the peacemaker, trying to keep everyone happy, whilst hiding her own feelings. Vivi Ann, the youngest, is the star of the family. Beautiful and spirited, everything comes easily to her - until a stranger comes to town.When Vivi Ann makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, everything changes. Suddenly the sisters are pitted against each other. Loyalties are tested, secrets revealed - and then a terrible crime threatens to tear their whole community apart.Compelling and provocative, True Colours by Kristin Hannah is an unforgettable novel about jealousy, betrayal, passion and forgiveness - and what it means to be a family.
The New York Times number one bestselling title. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading. Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war. Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
We all make mistakes, but for Meghann Dontess the terrible choice she made some years ago cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Meghann is now a highly successful attorney, and has put all thoughts of love completely behind her - until she meets the one man who believes he can change her mind. Claire has fallen in love for the first time in her life, and as her wedding day approaches she prepares to face her strong-willed older sister. Reunited after two decades, these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family. Tender, funny, bittersweet and moving, Kristin Hannah's Between Sisters skilfully explores the profound joys and sorrows shared in a close relationship, the mistakes made in the name of love, and the promise of redemption.
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Elizabeth und Jackson Shore haben jung geheiratet, zwei Tochter grogezogen, viele Hohen und Tiefen gemeinsam erlebt. Von auen scheint auch noch nach zwanzig Jahren Ehe alles perfekt. Doch als die Kinder das Haus verlassen, entdecken Jack und Elizabeth, dass sie sich langst auseinander gelebt haben. Als Jack den Job beim Fernsehen angeboten bekommt, auf den er seit Jahren hingearbeitet hat, folgt Elizabeth ihm nicht von der West- an die Ostkuste. Seine Traume sind nicht langer ihre Traume. Denn nach zahlreichen Umzugen ist Elizabeth froh, in ihrem Haus am Meer endlich ein echtes Zuhause gefunden zu haben. Sie entdeckt ihre Leidenschaft fur die Malerei wieder, die sie vor vielen Jahren aufgegeben hatte, und ihr Talent bringt ihr bald Anerkennung und Erfolg. Erst der Tod ihres Vaters und seine ratselhaften letzten Worte uber das Leben ihrer fruh verstorbenen Mutter bewegen Elizabeth, noch einmal uber ihre Ehe nachzudenken ...
Annie ist eine attraktive Frau um die vierzig. Sie und ihr Mann Blake, ein erfolgreicher Anwalt, leben in Kalifornien. Als ihre 17- jahrige Tochter Natalie erstmals fur langere Zeit das Elternhaus verlasst, muss Annie lernen, ihre Tochter loszulassen. Doch das ist nicht alles. Kaum sitzt Natalie im Flugzeug, teilt Blake seiner Frau mit, dass er sich scheiden lassen will. Annie verliert den Boden unter den Fuen: Wer ist sie, wenn sie nicht die perfekte Ehefrau und Mutter sein kann? Sie flieht zu ihrem barbeiigen Vater Hank nach Mystic, Washington - an den Ort ihrer Kindheit. Und trifft dort unvermutet auf Nick, ihre erste groe Liebe ...
Nora Bridge ist der Star einer Radio-Talkshow in Seattle.Ihre Tochter Ruby, die sie seit Jahren nicht gesehen hat, kampft dagegen als Comedysternchen ums Uberleben. Als Boulevardblatter einem Skandal in Noras Vergangenheit auf die Spur kommen, erhalt Ruby von einer groen Zeitschrift ein sensationelles Angebot: Sie soll eine Enthullungsgeschichte uber ihre beruhmte Mutter schreiben.Als diese verungluckt, bietet Ruby ihr an, ihr zu helfen - um die ganze Wahrheit zu erfahren. Nora besteht darauf, dass sie sich in das traumhaft schone Sommerhaus der Familie auf der Insel des Lichts zuruckziehen. Der Aufenthalt gerat schon bald zu einer Reise in die Vergangenheit. Nora - klug, voller Herz und verletzlich - ist nicht die Frau, die Ruby all die Jahre gehasst hat. Ruby erkennt: Es ist Zeit, erwachsen zu werden - und zu verzeihen.
Angie Malone mu sich eingestehen, da ihre Traume vom Familiengluck nicht wahr werden: ihre Ehe zerbricht daran, da sie kinderlos bleibt. Angie beendet ihre erfolgreiche Karriere in der Werbebranche und kehrt zuruck in ihre Heimatstadt, West End, in die Arme ihrer italienischen Familie. Dort beginnt sie voller Elan, das Familienlokal DeSaria, dessen Zukunft seit dem Tod des Vaters ungewi ist, wieder auf Vordermann zu bringen. Angie lernt Kochen und hat viele gute Ideen, die neue Gaste anlocken. Schon bald fuhlt sie sich in der kleinen Stadt wieder zu Hause. Doch dann beruhrt die Freundschaft mit der 18jahrigen Kellnerin Lauren erneut den wunden Punkt in ihrem Leben. Lauren entdeckt, da sie schwanger ist. Soll Angie das ungewollte Kind adoptieren? Die Freundschaft zu Lauren aufs Spiel setzen, fur die sie selbst so etwas wie eine Mutter geworden ist?
Seit vier Wochen liegt Mikaela Campbell im Koma - und keiner der Arzte rechnet damit, dass die passionierte Reiterin nach dem Sturz vom Pferd jemals wieder aufwachen wird. Nur ihr Ehemann Liam glaubt fest daran, dass seine Liebe dort helfen kann, wo die Medizin versagt. Jede freie Minute verbringt er im Krankenhaus an ihrer Seite - doch Mikaelas Zustand andert sich nicht. Nur mit Muhe gelingt es Liam, in die Realitat zuruckzukehren und sich um die beiden zutiefst verangstigten Kinder, den neunjahrigen Bret und die sechzehnjahrige Jacey, zu kummern. Durch Zufall stot Liam ausgerechnet jetzt auf das langgehutete Geheimnis seiner Frau. Sie war in erster Ehe mit Julian True, einem der beruhmtesten Filmstars der Welt, verheiratet. Und: Sie hat die Trennung nie uberwunden. Liam steht vor einer schweren Entscheidung. Soll er Kontakt zu dem begehrten Hollywood-Schauspieler aufnehmen? Julian scheint der Einzige zu sein, der Mikaela retten kann ...
Angel DeMarco ist 34 Jahre alt und auf dem Hohepunkt seiner Karriere, als er mit einer Herzattacke zusammenbricht. Zum ersten Mal kann er nicht vor einem Problem davonlaufen. Zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben spurt Angel DeMarco, der auf der Leinwand die Herzen Tausender erobert hat, wie allein er ist. Allein mit seiner Todesangst und dem Wissen um versaumtes Gluck. Jetzt liegt sein Leben in der Hand der einzigen Frau, die ihm jemals etwas bedeutet hat. Niemals htte die Kardiologin Dr.Madelaine Hillyard damit gerechnet, ihrer groen Jugendliebe Angel DeMarco jemals wieder zu begegnen. Um ihn, der sie zutiefst enttuscht hat, zu vergessen, hat sie sich wie eine Besessene in ihre Arbeit am Transplantationszentrum gestrzt. Fast zu spt erkennt sie, welchen Preis sie fr ihren Ehrgeiz zahlen muss: Unzhligen Patienten hat sie das Leben geschenkt, doch das Herz ihrer Tochter Lina droht sie zu verlieren
In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
Available for the first time in this stunning electronic edition, THE KRISTIN HANNAH COLLECTION: VOLUME 1 is sure to delight the beloved, blockbuster bestselling author's legions of fans. Includes:FIREFLY LANETo the people around them they were known as KateandTully or the Firefly Lane Girls. A single, inseparable unit. Best friends forever. On the surface they were as opposite as two people could be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret home life that is destroying her. Yet they are best friends who swear they'll be there for each other, and for thirty years that promise holds strong-until events and choices in their lives make that promise impossible. More than a coming-of-age novel, this is the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you-and knows what has the power to hurt you and heal you. FLY AWAYKristin Hannah returns to the world of the unforgettable characters from FIREFLY LANE and asks the question: How do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart? This is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other-plus a miracle-to transform their lives. An emotionally complex, heartwrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, it reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day. TRUE COLORSThe Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their stern, unyielding father gave them almost no attention. Winona, the oldest, needs her father's approval most of all. An overweight dreamer, she never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that had been in her family for three generations. Aurora, the middle, is the peacemaker. Vivi Ann, the youngest, is the undisputed star of the family. Everything comes easily to Vivi Ann, her father's love most of all. But when Vivi Ann makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, rather than take the route of a dutiful daughter, events are set in motion that will test the love and loyalties of the Grey sisters. They will be pitted against each other in ways none could have imagined. Secrets will be revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both the family and their beloved town. With breathtaking pace and penetrating insight, Kristin Hannah's has written a novel that's about sisters, vengeance, jealousy, betrayal-and ultimately, what it truly means to be a family.
Available for the first time in this stunning electronic edition, THE KRISTIN HANNAH COLLECTION: VOLUME 2 is sure to delight the beloved, blockbuster bestselling author's legions of fans. Includes:WINTER GARDENMeredith 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, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are. NIGHT ROADFor eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows-her twins, Mia and Zach-are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Then one hot summer's night one decision will change the course of all their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget...or the courage to forgive.HOME FRONTLike many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life-children, careers, bills, chores-even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own-for everything that matters to his family. At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, this is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and, ultimately, hope that no reader will soon forget.