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Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 3,667 Ratings


Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn't know her mother?

From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes Kristin Hannah's powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end.

Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother's life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.


  • Reallly Good buuut…

    By CMMMO
    A little boring at the times, maybe too many words to describe sentiments or to fill up the book.
  • Slow at first but so good

    By AllisonRebeccah
    I’m not going to lie, it was difficult to get through this book before getting to the good part—but the good part is so, so very good. It’s a book of sadness and loss and hard to read as a mother but so well written.
  • Haunting and lovely

    By Big mama Oly
    Loved it! So much pain and unfathomable grief that turns into a beautiful story.
  • Harrowing & Beautiful

    By thstanfield
    I don't even know how to work out my feelings about Winter Garden. This book was dumped into my lap by Amazon when I signed up for KU. It was an audiobook & I needed something to listen to while waiting in the school pickup line. Honestly, I didn't even read the summary of the book, I just started playing it. So you can imagine my surprise when I was completely captivated by this harrowing retelling of the siege of Leningrad. This book will break your heart & tape it back together, just to turn around & completely obliterate it. Then after you become awestruck at the tremendous amount of strength & courage of these women, you will learn that you can take the pieces of your obliterated heart, mix it with some love from others, and form it into something new: a heart that holds love so strong that it stands the tests of time, trials, & tribulations because it holds close what matters most. Family: born & found.
  • Loved the history

    By ? Not sure
    It is one of my favorite books. The story was incredible.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By pjb reads
    Highly recommend this book!!
  • A must read!

    By DonnFran
    I loved the story within the story. Also how she describes every scene. You can almost hear the planes and bombs. Riveting
  • Another great story

    By Ct1637
    As with all of the author’s books, I cry. And I also learn new truths about life, about myself, about those I love. Thank you, Kristen Hannah, however you do it!
  • Provoking in a good way

    By Prickly Pear 1995
    I really liked this book, it made me cry. Just takes a long time to get going in my opinion.
  • Fantastic

    By Eminem rocks 8mile
    What a beautiful book! Couldn’t put it down. This is a story that will stay with its readers. Loved it!