Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Published – February 2nd 2017

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Is it weird that I read “Winter Garden” in summer? Haha

The first book I read by this author was “The Nightingale” and it is one of my all time favorite books. I had high expectations for this book and was not disappointed. It has all the qualities which make a book more enjoyable to me. The two key things which are super important to me and have a direct relation to how much I enjoy a book are: 1) I should be able to relate at least broadly to the topics/issues which are being discussed in the book or the broad theme. 2) The characters in the books need to be strong for me to love and adore them. I love historic fiction and world war related book and naturally reading this book was a delight.

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Goodreads Excerpt,

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.

I love how all three characters – Anya (mother), Meredith & Nina (sisters) are all different in some ways but so similar in other ways. The story is beautiful and will move most readers emotionally. I had to put down the book multiple time to process it all.

The book has a unique format. it jumps between the fairy tale told by Anya to her daughters and the way she connects with her daughters as the story progress. There is also this suspense element because the readers do not know who is Anya Whitson is the fairy tale for a long time. Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden is a well-written emotional tale which not only covers the suffering of thousands of people in a remote town in Leningrad during WW2 but also captures the emotional impact war could have on people years later. Every human copes with grief differently and has different tolerance levels, Anya’s story taught has helped me look at grief through a new lens and helped me really think about what really matters to me in life.

 This would be one of the books I will re-read after a few years just to see if I feel any differently about all topics touched upon in the book.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5

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Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 

Published – September 12th 2006

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a book set in Berlin 1942, and follows a 8 year old boy Bruno. It is a powerful story which outlines how war has changed Bruno’s life. I finish reading this book in a day and it is made its way into my all time favorite list very easily. The story highlights a very innocent friendship between Bruno (German) and Shmuel (Jew) and will leave you in tears. Continue reading “Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne”