The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.
If you want to know the history of a town, read the gravestones in its cemetery.
I wake to the smell of cedar wood, smoke, and fur. At first I think I’m dreaming – that I’m warm and comfortable in Dovid’s arms.
Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.
But before they leave, Liba discovers the secret that their Tati can transform into a bear, and their Mami into a swan. Perhaps, Liba realizes, the old fairy tales are true. She must guard this secret carefully, even from her beloved sister.
Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…
The sisters will need each other if they are to become the women they need to be – and save their people from the dark forces that draw closer.
29th – April 4th – Name one classic novel you have always wanted to read. (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
I’ve never actually got around to reading anything by Jane Austen. *shame* So either Pride and Prejudice since it’s such a classic, or Lady Susan since it’s pretty short.