This book compelled me to read it pretty much straight (except for that pesky time I had to work), all 390 pages of it, in roughly 48 hours.
This book almost had me burn down the house the other night. I had set a pot of potatoes on the stove to cook to make potato salad. I got the eggs off the stove when they were done, checked the potatoes, knew they needed more time so I sat down and kept reading the book and next thing I knew I heard a sizzle sound and then I thought "oh......." (insert just a little profane word) and then remembered the potatoes.
There was no more water in the pot. It had all cooked out. The potatoes were stuck to the pot (I was surprised it cleaned up that well, I thought the pot was ruined). I tasted the potatoes. They definitely tasted burnt so I had to start all over again. The next batch got cooked in the microwave after that.
I had read several other books authored by Kristin Hannah including True Colors, Firefly Lane, and my favorite (before Winter Garden) Night Road.
She captures you almost immediately with her story telling and doesn't let you go until the final pages where you wished there was more of the story.
Winter Garden did captivate me in such a way . I didn't even play any games on Facebook Sunday night but went to bed to read before I was tired to go to sleep. I was thankful I had Saturday night home alone to read (and burn potatoes).
It is a compelling story. Spell bounding. Unexpected ending, but one that made you wonder and think. A little trite, but still well written. Click on the link above under Winter Garden for a description of the book. I wouldn't be able to do it justice to try to explain the plot without giving away anything of it. It was really good though.
If you are looking for a new author to read and enjoy, definitely check out Kristin Hannah. You won't be disappointed. (Just don't have anything cooking on the stove when you do so).