Well, it's hump day again, so it's time to keep on with our new tradition here at TSR
and have a little fun and playing Hollywood Dream Cast!
Haven't you ever read a book and thought it would make an awesome movie?
Maybe you brainstormed who would play which character?
Well, here's the scoop. Every week, on Wednesday, we'll pick a book and assign it
OUR DREAM CAST for that book!
**Today's book is Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden. I'd like to start us off with some personal notes about it first. I read this recently, a recommendation from my mother and absolutely loved it!! This book is definitely going down as one of my favorites. And trust me, from someone who reads a lot of books, my favorites pile is extremely hard to get into. In the scenes where the mother recounts her story--a young mother in Russia during WWII during Stalin's reign, starving and desperate--there were times it was hard for me to believe that the author didn't find a survivor to recount their entire story, that she wasn't there herself. Because the mother's recount was THAT real, that incredible and emotional. This book is not for the faint of heart, it's raw and emotional, but it just speaks to the heart of the pain of life, the scars we carry, forgiveness, and second chances.**
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 time—and 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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