I’ve been on a bit of a Kristen Hannah kick recently, and I don’t hate it. Winter Garden is a book that has had some varied reviews-people either loved it or they couldn’t finish it. I recently lent it to a friend who was in the “couldn’t finish it” camp. But I loved it.
Winter Garden takes place in 2000 but has some flashbacks to the 1940s.When Evan Whitson, father of two grown daughters, Nina and Meredith, and husband to Anya, dies, the girls and their mother are left alone. Without him, the three struggle to find common ground. As his dying wish, Evan requested that Anya finish telling their daughters a fairy tale about a prince and evil black knights. It’s his hope that this story will bring mother and daughters together.
Winter Garden weaves past and present together to tell a beautiful story about family, relationships, and human strength through hardship. Kristen Hannah uses wonderfully descriptive language to make you feel present in the story; by the end, I was in tears.
This book definitely starts off slow. I was a bit frustrated with some of the characters and I was eager to get to the meat of the story. I pushed through and ended up loving the book. The ending is surprising and emotional. I really enjoy historical fiction, especially books about World War Two. This was a different kind of historical fiction novel, but it was told in an original way and once I got into it I couldn’t put it down.
Wine Pairing: Trader Joe’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc pinked
Now I know I chose this wine to go with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, however, I think this is also an appropriate pair for Winter Garden. When I poured myself a glass of this Sauvignon Blanc, I was so surprised to have pink wine! It looks like a rosé, but it’s not. (Yes, I could have looked closer and read the bottle, but I didn’t.) This Sauvignon Blanc with an unexpected twist seemed to fit the twists and turns of this book. This wine is light, crisp, and fruity. You can pick some up at Trader Joe’s or Aldi for about $6.99. Cheers!