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Winter Garden
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn't know her mother? From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past 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 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 timeand 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.
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AmyK1
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1. Yes
2. We rarely get snow-it‘s been several years since we had any-and it melts right away when we do get it.
3. Cooler weather
4. Hot cocoa

@laurenslibrary #thursdaysurvey

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Eggs
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❄️ yes but mild
⛄️ every 5-7 years
🌬 cooler for outdoor walking
🌨 cinnamon spice tea
💨 ✅

#thursdaysurvey
@laurenslibrary

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CoffeeNBooks
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Wow, what a sad but great book! I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is the compelling story of two sisters who don't know about their mother's life before them, and their promise to their dad that they would convince their mom to share her story with them.

1 book finished, 1 hour and 35 minutes into #24B42020. @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 I need to get to some more by this author. 3w
AmyK1 I‘ve read this twice so far and will probably read it again soon, since it‘s been a couple years since the last time. It‘s so good! 3w
Jadams1776 Where is your adorable sloth timer from? 3w
CoffeeNBooks @Jadams1776 It's from the sloth theme I downloaded for my phone- I have an android. 3w
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CoffeeNBooks
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Reading more of this book this morning. The first few chapters have been a bit slow, but after reading the reviews of several Littens, it sounds like the book really draws you in about halfway through. I'll stick with it- I usually love Kristin Hannah's books from the very beginning.

Eggs Keep tissues handy 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“To those who are here, those who are gone, and those who are lost.”
Kristin Hannah, Winter Garden

#snowicesetting
#DearDecember

Eggs Oh my heart 💔💔😭 1mo
Wife Hey Misty! Just wanted to let you know I‘m staying in our #LitsyLove group.❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I know 😥😥💔💔 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Wife yay!!! I‘ve got to write you!!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I can‘t wait for you to get you package 📦❤️ 1mo
Eggs Oh wow-im excited too❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am still waiting on some arrivals.....your gifts may come in 2 shipments to you 🤭🤓🤓 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs oh goodness!!! You should‘ve have done that!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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ajewel7
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Really loved this book. So beautiful so heartbreaking. I really enjoy Kristin Hannah's writing. Gave it five stars!

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 1mo
ajewel7 Thank you!! 1mo
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ajewel7
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Starting this beautiful book! It will be the 130 book of the year and my last goal for Goodreads. This will be my third book by Kristin Hannah I am truly looking forward to this story.

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Sreckess
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did I was hooked. The descriptions of the Siege of Leningrad were devastating and the character development is well done. Sometimes I was annoyed with the present time people and their first world problems but by the end I had forgiven them.

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TobyBon
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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TBH I really struggled with the beginning of this book, I didn't connect with any of the characters, I consider ditching it. But I preserved and I am glad I did. This turned into an amazing book, which on a couple of occasions was heartbreaking. The main story is on Anya and how she survived living in Leningrad during World War 2, but it's also about a family trying to put themselves back together again. Well worth the read.

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sprainedbrain
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The last half of this book saved it for me. I was bored with the first part and couldn‘t really stand Meredith. The story of the Siege of Leningrad was what I came for, and truly the best part.

Kristin Hannah‘s books always have a bit of the unbelievable to them, but the lovely writing and storytelling make up for it. She managed, once again, to make me cry, and the ending, though rather fantastical, was sweet and satisfying.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain Also, this book made me think often of one of my favorites... and that‘s never a bad thing. 😍 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve read two of her books and had the same kind of assessment. They‘re a little too long and a bit unbelievable at the end, but still enjoyable and glad I read them. I‘ll still read more of her stuff. This one sounds right up my alley 2mo
sprainedbrain @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Which ones have you read? I LOVED The Nightingale and really liked The Great Alone and Night Road. 😃 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Those first two! The Nightingale and The Great Alone. Really enjoyed them! I have Night Road in my stack 👍 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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1. Mr. Penumbra‘s 24-Hour Bookstore + tagged book

2. ‘You carried your pain with you in life. There was no outrunning it.‘

3. Peppermint cocoa 😋

#weekendreads

Lcsmcat Love peppermint cocoa! 2mo
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EadieB
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Day 7 - #WinterTheme #WinterGarden #KristinHannah #NamasteNovember

A favorite!

Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden is one woman‘s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

Eggs This book 💗👍🏼🥰😭 So good 2mo
tdrosebud This book was so good, I was crying at the end. 2mo
EadieB @tdrosebud @eggs I know it was such an emotional read! 2mo
AmyK1 One of my favorites. I‘ve read it more than once and it‘s so emotional each time. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 Stars

When I first started this I thought for sure this story wasn‘t for me. I wasn‘t getting into it and was bored it wasn‘t picking up. But then it developed into something really special with history coming into play, and that ending was perfection. 😭❤️ #KristinHannah

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#7days7covers No explanation #covercrush Day 3

If you haven't played yet, please join the fun! Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed.

Not my favourite book by Kristin Hannah but I love the cover and she's one of my favourite authors!

Rachel_nyc Same. Not my fave of hers but love her and she always has great covers! 4mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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This was my first Kristin Hannah book, and man. There will be more.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

See my full review on Goodreads.
www.goodreads.com/Wildly_Bookish

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elyseh Entered! 5mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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Starting my first Kristin Hannah book while I wait for the library to have Nightingale available. I've heard good things.

I'll be reading this on my #KindleFire. I know a lot of people are very opinionated on e-readers VS. physical books and hardcover VS. paperback. What do you all think?

My opinion in the comments, due to character restrictions. 🤣🤣

Wildly_Bookish Personally, I love everything. I love the feel of a paperback in my hands. I love the look of a hardcover on my bookcase. And I love the convenience of a thousand books on my Kindle. Sometimes I feel more in the mood for one over another 5mo
Kaila-ann I enjoy my kindle if I‘m traveling and it‘s always in my bag in case I get stuck somewhere with nothing else to do. Otherwise, I prefer a physical book. 5mo
Wildly_Bookish They definitely are saviors when stranded! 5mo
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Eggs
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I just got lost
Every river
That I tried to cross
Every door
I ever tried was locked🎶

1941 Leningrad: A city full of women desperate to save their children and themselves… the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival...

#lost! #julycoldplay

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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites 💗💗💗 6mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven't read this one yet- it's on my bookshelf and TBR list! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 Love the cover! 🌼💚💚💚 6mo
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Eggs
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A most memorable garden to me; thanks to my dear @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗

#garden #letstraveljuly @OriginalCyn620

Crazeedi Good book!! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 😊📚🌼 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!!! 💗💗💗 6mo
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EadieB
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Day 10 - #Garden #LetsTravelJuly

These were all 5 star reads for me and have Garden in the title.

Crazeedi I've read all but the hanging garden, and I would agree with you!! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 😊🌼📚 6mo
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jensini
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah

Finally started reading this....

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Eggs
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There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all🎶

Anya‘s life is a sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption as a young woman trapped in 1941 Leningrad. So many secrets
#inmylife #beatlemaynia

robinb That song gets me every time. 😩 8mo
Jensol77 Loved this read. 8mo
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BookNAround
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As expected I was the book club curmudgeon on this one. The writing was pedestrian, the characters not engaging, the ending easy and unearned, and more. Even being interested in Russia didn‘t help this book succeed for me. #unpopularopinion Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-winter-garden-by-kristin-hannah....

Theaelizabet Welcome, fellow book club curmudgeon. 8mo
BookNAround @Theaelizabet I‘ve been the curmudgeon for as long as I‘ve been in a book club. 😂 It no longer bothers me. 8mo
Theaelizabet @BookNAround Almost three years ago I joined with five other women to form a “reading salon.“ We gather every other month to discuss our reading lives/books read. Much better. 😉 (edited) 8mo
SamAnne @BookNAround I read her WWII book The Nightingale for a book club and felt the same way. And I was the only one who did not like it. 8mo
Crazeedi I've like a couple of her books and a couple I haven't, she's half n half for me 8mo
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Hollie
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Anya‘s daughters think #shessocold and have estranged themselves from her in adulthood. In her old age, she begins to tell them the story of her time in Leningrad when she was literally so so cold, during the siege of Leningrad in WWII. There is more to their ice queen mother than they expected. #anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about Hannah‘s other titles since reading Nightingale and 9mo
Hollie @Reviewsbylola I liked this one, but did not like The Great Alone...or was underwhelmed by it anyway. 9mo
Cinfhen Good choice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻and always love to see a post from you 🥰 9mo
Mdargusch Great choice. I‘m not familiar with this book by her. 9mo
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mandi1082
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Panpan

I found the beginning so slow and boring. I actually put the book down for a while and decided to pick it back up later. I got to say the second half was a lot better and I was able to read it a lot faster. I did like the story and it's a little heart breaking and this story tears your heart apart. The characters were okay. Didnt really like one over the other. I gave this book a 3.5 ☆☆☆1\u002

BookNAround I just recently reviewed this one (not on Litsy yet though as I‘m behind posting my reviews) and said similar things. 10mo
mandi1082 I love kristin Hannah especially Nightingale, but this one not so much😞. Reading some of her books you can tell her writing just keeps getting better and better! 10mo
Rachel_nyc I totally agree with @mandi1082 I liked parts of this but it was my least favorite of Hannah‘s books and my eyes rolled into the back of my hand with the contrived ending. However, I loved Nightingale and found her newest, The Great Alone, to be even better. 10mo
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Elma
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vkois88 It's a beautiful cover 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this book 🦋💛 10mo
tammysue Love ❤️ 10mo
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jlowery999
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Kristin Hannah is a great story teller and the master of eliciting the ugly cry. Overall I really liked this one (not quite as much as The Nightingale). I did have one issue and that was Anya having such a strained relationship with her daughters but her past seeming to have no effect on her relationship with her husband. Why would you make the decision to bring them into the world if you were going to shut them out?

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BookNAround
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I love the blues of the cover (and the lovely feel of the matte finish) but the book isn‘t really gripping me. ::sigh:: I suspect I‘m going to be the book club curmudgeon again this month.

MelissaSue81 I actually went back and read my review of this one, because a friend was reading it and remembered not really loving it. It DOES get better toward the end. Its DEFINITELY not one of her best books. 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl Ha! 😂😊 Curmudgeons keep things real! 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!!! 😭😭😭 12mo
vkois88 I'm just under the general impression that all her books are meant to make you ugly cry 🤔 12mo
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Eggs
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Epic. Only word that comes to mind. Though the setting is modern times, the base is in the Siege of Leningrad (by German army) 1941-1944. Incredible book
#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much for the gift of this book 😭😭❄️♥️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!!! 💗U 13mo
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Eggs
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I just had a wonderful and unexpectedly abundant package arrive❣️Oh Misty you have so much heart and love...these are books I've been wanting to read! Chocolates and peppermint! Clever and sweet bookish accessories and notepad! I love the beautiful Father Christmas card. What a lovely way to end a day! "Thank you" just doesn't seem adequate but I thank you anyway?❤️?????

cathysaid ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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EadieB
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#wintergarden #Kristinhannah

Read this as a #BuddyRead on Litsy and enjoyed it very much! It is a powerful story of misunderstanding and family love between 2 daughters and their mother. There are a lot of historical reference to Russia during the war. Anya has told her daughters, Meredith and Nina, a fairytale which turns into a reality by the end of the book. It is a tearjerker that you won't be able to forget and one you should not miss!

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Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again. 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. #winterwonderland #seasonsreadings

BekaReid Loved this book!! It was my 1st Kristin Hannah book. 13mo
JoScho @BekaReid oh good to know 😊💙 13mo
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Bklover Yes. But I imagine she may also have been afraid to love them, as well as feeling undeserving of their love. 13mo
EadieB @Bklover I agree! 13mo
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danibolahood I wasn't surprised Jeff forgave her. It was clear he was still in love with her and just waiting for her to figure out what she wants. 13mo
EadieB She didn‘t make a mistake helping others but she shouldn‘t have neglected her husband. 13mo
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Bklover I think both are sad. Not sure I‘d say one‘s worse than the other 13mo
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danibolahood I think having her daughters absolve her of the sins she (incorrectly) believed she had made in her life previously helped heal her. I also think just having the story bring them closer together helped her. 13mo
EadieB @danibolahood I think it‘s always to get secrets out in the open. 13mo
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danibolahood This is such a tough question. I'm happy with where I am now but there are definitely choices I wish I'd made differently. Although saying that Im still not sure I'd choose differently because then I wouldn't be where I am now. 13mo
EadieB @danibolahood I‘m happy with my choices and am very thankful for the nice life I have. 13mo
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Bklover
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Couldn‘t stop reading this until I finished it today. Loved every page. Thanks @EadieB for suggesting this buddy read. This is one I most likely never would have read.

EadieB @Bklover Glad you enjoyed it! This was my 2nd read and I enjoyed it both times. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!!! 13mo
CareBear This is my favorite of hers!! 13mo
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Bklover @CareBear Mine too! 13mo
danibolahood I just had to jump ahead and finish this too. I absolutely loved this book and I'm still not over the ending. 13mo
Bklover Yeah- I was on a roll and couldn‘t stop! Loved it!!! @danibolahood 13mo
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Bklover When you think of what not-talking has done to Meredith and Jeff as well as her mother‘s relationship with her daughters you can see how talking would have helped the situation. 13mo
EadieB @Bklover Better communication amongst them would have definitely made a difference in their lives! 13mo
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Bklover I hope she does! I think she is afraid to come out from behind her camera. They all have walls up. 13mo
EadieB @Bklover I found it quite shocking that her family didn‘t know about their relationship. 13mo
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