Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Family
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,190 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.


  • Loads of typos

    By fpp221
    Spell check would be a worthwhile investment for this publisher. At least a dozen typos that I found. Great book otherwise.
  • Could not put this book down!

    By Hcreviews
    I have read almost all of Kristin Hannah’s books and it’s so hard to pick a favorite. Each book is better than the last! I really loved this book and would highly recommend it!
  • Great

    By btugfdfg
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very heartfelt and inspiring read.
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    By ClaireH 1028
    Absolutely beautiful! Loved this book so much! Great read just sorry it's over!
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    By molly molls
    After reading The Nightingale, I was hungry for more stories about strong women. I got this in Winter Garden, I read the whole book in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. My only complaint is that the last chapter seems a little too much like a perfect ending. Still gets 5 stars from me though. I will be reading more from Kristin Hannah.
  • Loved it

    By Slbry
    Loved this book! I couldn't put it down!
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    By Feelingooood
    One of the best books I've read. Could not put it down.
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    By Dstiles59
    This is a great book. Such an interesting plots with lots of surprises! Kristin Hannah has a great way of weaving the story together. Spell binding!
  • Winter Garden

    By jabw68
    So boring I couldn't finish it. Nothing was happening.
  • Loved it!

    By BPF72
    As the mom to a young daughter who enjoys history, I really enjoyed this book. Like others have said, the story makes you go through so many emotions and I kept trying to think of what I'd do in Vera's shoes. I felt that the beginning dragged a little and I didn't really care too much for Meredith and Nina's characters, but I quickly fell in love with Vera and her story. Definitely recommend!