Gotta Garden

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Garden Reading: Winter Garden

It's been a while since I've felt the urge to share a book with you. This one surprised me. You knew I would take a second look with a title like Winter Garden.

This is a novel, though, and not one of the ever present how to books. The bonus is that there is a winter garden in this book (duh) but what it means and why it is exists is central to the story.

Since we winter, it seems a perfect time to settle in with a good story and I especially enjoy one that brings in a bit of well, you know, a garden and/or gardening. Really, though, I became captivated with the story told and found the book hard to put down. It was over much too soon, although the end has a bit of twist and left me pondering what might have been. All hallmarks of a good read, wouldn't you say?

Briefly, the story unfolds in Washington State in an apple orchard. A family enterprise, it is the background to who/what/where/ and why this family is what it is. And it is we explore the strained relationship between a mother and her two daughters. The Russian mother shares of herself by telling her daughters fairy tales. They grow up hearing these stories but not understanding their importance to their mother. Unraveling the fairy tales will change their family forever.

Author Kristin Hannah has provided a very enjoyable book to curl up in front of a blazing fire or maybe just to snuggle down in a warm bed with...wherever you choose to read, you will enjoy this story and think about it after.

Thanks to NBC (the person, not the network! Ha.) for the gift card that feeds my hunger for the printed word.

P.S. I was at the bookstore yesterday and saw that this one is now out in paperback.

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