Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah

Title: Winter Garden
Author: Kristin Hannah
ISBN: 9780312364120
Pages: 400
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Meredith has always been the responsible daughter in the Whitson family.  She has lived near her parents, and even took over the family business from her dad, putting aside her own dreams.  Nina, on the other hand, is impulsive and always on the go.  As a photojournalist, she is on the run, rarely coming home to spend time with her family.

When Meredith and Nina’s beloved father sickens, however, everything comes to a crashing halt.  The girls have never been close to their mother Anya, a cold woman who has never shown them a mother’s love.  However, as the women come together to deal with their sadness, they must also contend with their own personal issues.

Review:

Kristin Hannah is always great for a tear-jerker of a women’s fiction novel, and Winter Garden is no exception.  This time she deals with the lack of a mother’s love and what it can do to two women.  Meredith is so closed off, though it’s easy to understand why.  She’s always been the dependable one, so she hasn’t really given her own needs a second thought.  It’s always been about what others want.  Therefore, when she takes some time in this book to really examine herself, it’s gratifying to see her indulge herself and begin to consider what she wants.

Nina, on the other hand, is self-indulgent to the extreme, but not in a way that make the reader dislike her.  Because her mother never seemed to love her, she’s always running away.  She doesn’t trust people enough to get close to them, so being on the move constantly works for her.  When she slows down, she is forced to deal with the repercussions of her actions and realize that it’s not a healthy way to live.

Anya was really difficult.  It’s clear from the beginning of the novel that there is something from her past, some dark reason that she is so cold to her daughters.  Often times, she is downright mean, leaving them searching for her love, only to be disappointed time and again.  It’s a difficult thing to excuse, and even after you hear her (admittedly horrifying) story, it’s hard to completely forgive her for being horrible to her daughters for so long.

Winter Garden was an interesting novel that’s a great read for a cold, snowy day.  Though the ending is tied up a little too easily and neatly, it’s the character development and introspection that really makes it worth reading.  Fans of women’s fiction novels should definitely consider picking this one up.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. My sister has been recommending Kristin Hannah for a while – may have to pick this one up.

  2. Thanks for the review. My sister has been recommending Kristin Hannah for a while – may have to pick this one up.

  3. I keep hearing great things about Kristin Hannah’s books, but have yet to read anything. I really enjoyed your review and so I might actually go out and get one of Hannah’s books now. Cheers!

  4. I keep hearing great things about Kristin Hannah’s books, but have yet to read anything. I really enjoyed your review and so I might actually go out and get one of Hannah’s books now. Cheers!

  5. I haven’t read any of Hannah’s work, but I’ve heard good things about it. This book sounds good and I will have to admit that I do like neat, tidy endings.

  6. I haven’t read any of Hannah’s work, but I’ve heard good things about it. This book sounds good and I will have to admit that I do like neat, tidy endings.

  7. I have liked several of her books and Winter Garden arrived in the mail last week, but haven’t had a chance to read it. Glad to hear that she won’t disappoint me with her next novel. Thanks for the review!

  8. I have liked several of her books and Winter Garden arrived in the mail last week, but haven’t had a chance to read it. Glad to hear that she won’t disappoint me with her next novel. Thanks for the review!

  9. I just checked this out from the library. Glad that you liked it. I loved Firefly Lane and have been reading her books since.

  10. I just checked this out from the library. Glad that you liked it. I loved Firefly Lane and have been reading her books since.

  11. This book kept popping up when I was looking for winter themed reading, but it was always checked out from the library! Now that I’ve read your review I see why.

  12. This book kept popping up when I was looking for winter themed reading, but it was always checked out from the library! Now that I’ve read your review I see why.

  13. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but this one has caught my eye. Thanks for the review!

  14. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but this one has caught my eye. Thanks for the review!

  15. I read Firefly Lane this summer and really liked it so I am looking forward to this one. It does seem to undermine a book when the ends get tied up just a little too neatly!

  16. I read Firefly Lane this summer and really liked it so I am looking forward to this one. It does seem to undermine a book when the ends get tied up just a little too neatly!

  17. I loved Firefly Lane and so plan on reading this also. Very nice review.

  18. I loved Firefly Lane and so plan on reading this also. Very nice review.

  19. Great review! I was going to buy this for my nook but was mad that it was $5 more than most of the e-books are on release. Sort of a dumb reason since I do love her books, lol… I’ll get around to buying it sometime soon I’m sure. Especially since I know it’s good now!

  20. Great review! I was going to buy this for my nook but was mad that it was $5 more than most of the e-books are on release. Sort of a dumb reason since I do love her books, lol… I’ll get around to buying it sometime soon I’m sure. Especially since I know it’s good now!

  21. This one sounds like a great book to put on my winter reading list! I just read “Summer Island” and am now a big Kristin Hannah fan! Go to Chick Lit Cafe to read my review. http://loonachicklit.wordpress.com/

  22. This one sounds like a great book to put on my winter reading list! I just read “Summer Island” and am now a big Kristin Hannah fan! Go to Chick Lit Cafe to read my review. http://loonachicklit.wordpress.com/

  23. Anonymous says:

    I just finished listening to the audio version of Winter Garden! By far one of my favorites. The reader who does the voices just brings the book to life and I couldn’t stop listening!! A great read!

  24. I just finished listening to the audio version of Winter Garden! By far one of my favorites. The reader who does the voices just brings the book to life and I couldn’t stop listening!! A great read!

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