Friday Spotlight: The Sisters of the Winter Wood

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The Sisters of the Winter WoodThe 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%.


Opening Line:

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.


Book Summary: 

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. 


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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.

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32 thoughts on “Friday Spotlight: The Sisters of the Winter Wood”

  1. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice but sadly I didn’t like it. Maybe because I read it in English (I’m Italian) and I didn’t know the language that well when I first read it to enjoy it.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  2. Don’t start with Lady Susan if you want to read a Jane Austen book. It is not nearly as good as her others. It would wreck you on her. If you want to read a short one, try Northanger Abbey. It is short, and has a melodramatic part to it. My Friday quotes

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  3. That first line is really good (and really true.)

    Hope you enjoy Jane Austen if you decide to read her books. Sometimes classics can feel dated, but Jane holds up pretty well.

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  4. I honestly never read her either, so you’re not alone! Though she’s not really on my TBR list either. So points to you!

    Thanks for visiting my Book Blogger Hop!

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    1. Austen’s stories are filmed and re-filmed so many times, that everybody can be an expert in her books without reading. And knowing so many spoilers it is really difficult to get to book. I love Persuasion movies, but never read the book and do not feel like doing so soon.

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    1. Thank you. I’ve been really remiss with picking up any classics on the past couple of years, but I’d like to try and work in a few more. 😊


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