Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah
Two sisters have lost their beloved father, the man who was the glue that kept their family together through the years, and they are now left to care for their cold, distant mother. Their mother is a woman they have never understood or ever tried to understand. On his deathbed, their father charges his daughters with listening to the Russian fairy tales their mother tells in their entirety. And therein is the heart of the story. The fairy tales their mother tells are thinly veiled retellings of their mother’s life during the Siege of Leningrad in World War II.
This is the story of a family rediscovering each other and how the past affects the future. It is also about the power of stories and how stories are what form you and your family. Told in Hannah’s engaging style, this book is heartwarming, heart wrenching and unforgettable. This story will stay with you long after you turn the final page.