Author: Kristin Hannah
Publication: February 2nd, 2010
Read: Apr 24- May 11, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
I always fall in love with every Kristin Hannah book I read and this book is no different. I became deeply involved with the characters. This novel is so beautiful and mysterious. I have wanted to read this novel for years and I'm glad I finally read the book. The beginning is a little slow, but it is so worth it.
Meredith and Nina are sisters that went in very different directions. Meredith focused on being a mother and running the family Apple orchard. Whereas, Nina is a free spirit and travels the globe taking pictures of survivors.
When their father gets sick the family is brought together. Their father's dying wish was for the girls to get to know their mother. This is when they learn that the fairy tale they have heard at kids is not just a fairy tale.
Like any fairy tale this story was not easy and didn't come with a happy ending right away. It was a story of pain, suffering, and living separate lives. It reminded me of the way people acted after the Great Depression . These people remember what it is like to be cold and hungry. The war in Leningrad explains so many mysteries featured in the earlier part of this novel. In the end the story is about the relationship between mother and daughters. The epilogue is so fantastic and a perfect ending to this novel. I didn't cry, but I was close many times throughout the novel. I highly recommend this novel. I became highly invested in the characters lives and wanted to know the ending of the fairy tale.I loved this novel and I'm so glad to call this book mine as I will cherish this novel.