I have read two books from this author, the nightingale and winter garden and both were beautiful stories. both books share several motifs: war, women strength through war, love and resilience. winter garden was a little bit slow at the begining but if you are patient you can appreciate the beauty of the story.
There is a beautiful, touching story here, that is unfortunately prefaced by 12 - 13 chapters of character development. And sadly, they are characters you just don't like or care about.
Once the novel moves into the past the pace of the story picks up and the original lead characters, the two sisters, fade into the background. From this point on the story shines.
If you choose to read or listen to this novel do yourself a favor and skip chapters 1-12. You can always go back and pick them up, but I believe you won't find it necessary.
Excellent story. Characters drew you in. Wonderful how the story of the Mother unfolded through the fairytales. I first read The Nighingale. After reading it I had to read another book by Kristin Hannah. We listened to it as we drove from Ottawa, Canada to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Made a long drive very enjoyable.
I loved this terrible story that was told so vividly. Ms. Hannah is truly gifted.
This is such a powerful story! It's written beautifully and the narrator did a superb job. In this case, I think listening to it added to the impact of the story. I did not want it to end.
this was such a wonderful story in a story. I loved it but the harshness of the narrator's voice sometimes distracted. there is a character that SHOULD have a harshness but not all the narration. still....such a good story
I have a list of favorite narrators and Susan Ericksen is my ALL TIME FAVORITE! I've been a Audible listener since March 2012 and encountered Susan even before then on CDs by J. D. Robb. There's not enough praise in the world to express how talented I think she is. It's always a thrill when I find a novel that she brings to life and this one is especially good.
With that being said, I want everyone that reads my review to know that I'm disappointed that the rating for this wonderful novel isn't 5-Star across the board. Kristin Hannah did a marvelous job of setting the descriptive stage for the story within the story. I felt the pain...I cried several times...I felt the surprise and the joy...and I cried again. You know a book is truly successful when an author evokes such deep emotions within the listener/reader. Bravo Kristin!!!!
Kristin Hannah and Susan Ericksen is nothing short of a 5-Star team!!!!
This author is gifted at drawing us in to the lives of her characters. The story within a story made the book very appealing. It is heart wrenching and unbearably sad at times but funny as well. Just a great great listen.