I'm not sure where I picked up Winter Garden, but I had it in my "someday" pile. "Someday I'll read that book." I wasn't as thrilled at the beginning of this book as I was at the end. The story within a story, the fairy tale told by the mother to her two daughters, made the book. I don't like to give away even the smallest part of books so as not to spoil it for readers, but this ended up being such a good book. I'm glad I stuck with it.
The brutal life of Russians during the siege of Leningrad during World War II was told from a first person account that was heartfelt and horrible. But I'm sure the real thing was many times worse than reading about this first person account. It reminds me of City of Thieves by David Benioff, which covered this same topic from a couple of young men's point of view. I'd recommend both Winter Garden and City of Thieves for anyone who is a student of this era.
Do you like reading fiction based on real life?
Book Read: Winter Garden
Author: Kristin Hannah