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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  

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A prolific American author who is hugely popular in the States and has only recently been introduced to book lovers over here. This is her fifth out of eighteen to be published here. I don’t know why we haven’t seen her in the UK before. She is ace; a hidden gem. All her stories are dramatic, meaty and compulsive. This one concerns sisters, very different women, who eventually come together to care for their Russian-born mother. After the death of their father the mother deteriorates and appears to suffer from memory confusion. Gradually her terrible story tumbles out. She had another life with a family who suffered dreadfully during the Stalin days and the Siege of Leningrad. The whole period is dramatically described; and then the sisters go seeking their roots. Terrific stuff.

If you like Kristin Hannah you might also like to read books by Nicholas Sparks, Rowan Coleman and Katherine Webb.

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Synopsis

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

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.

Reviews

'Movingly written and plotted with the heartless skill of Greek tragedy. You'll keep turning the pages until the last racking sob'
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

'A gripping tale of family love, grief and forgiveness'
Sunday Express

'A guilty pleasure'
Daily Express

'A moving coming-of-age story'
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About the Author

Kristin Hannah

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.

Author photo © Deborah Feingold

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Publication date

20th November 2014

Author

Kristin Hannah

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
416 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447265375

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