I got Winter Garden [affiliate link] a couple of months ago from a very nice PR woman whose email address has since been lost in the great email apocalypse of 2010.
I had a lot on my plate at the time and couldn’t find the time to read the book and then, when I finally did get the time to read Winter Garden, I couldn’t get through the first chapter. I was not only discouraged but I was a tad bit annoyed since I had agreed to review the book and I was so damn bored with it I couldn’t go any further.
And then Friday – I think – I picked the book up again and trudged through the first few chapters.
And then I was hooked.
I read Winter Garden off and on this weekend and then I got about half way through it yesterday and couldn’t put the thing down. I finished the book while sitting in our bathroom floor so I wouldn’t wake Tucker up with my sobbing – yeah, sobbing – and ended up grabbing my pillow and crawling into bed with Cara for a little while just so I could cuddle her. When you read Winter Garden, you’ll understand why.
When you first start out with the book, it’s going to seem like something you’ve probably read before if you read “girl books”.
Two sisters – one in her late 30s and the other in her early 40s, a loving father who centers the family and an aloof mother who seems to hate her daughters and only has love for her husband.
It starts to get interesting when both daughters make deathbed promises to their father to get to know their mother and listen to their mother’s “fairy tales”.
What I really want to do is go into detail about what made me sob like a freakin’ baby and tell you about everything that happened but I’m not going to do that since I don’t want to ruin the book for you – half of the power of the book is the revelation. When you’ve read the book, or if you already have, leave me a comment since I want to talk about this book with someone who’s read it.
If you’re looking for a really good book and you’re willing to put in some work for those first few chapters, Winter Garden is the book for you.
Really good book.