Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,410 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Another Masterpiece

    5
    By blueeyedp
    Kristin Hannah’s writing never disappoints me. There is something so very special and delicate about the way she unfolds and reveals truths of women’s lives through her exquisite use of historical fiction. She encourages her readers to think about the past in a way that so seamlessly unites it’s importance to both, the present and the future. This novel delves into yet another chapter of history so often overlooked in regard to the obstacles faced by women in wartime.
  • A winter Garden

    5
    By dturnerster
    Awesome. A touching beautiful magical book
  • Loved

    4
    By lau ar
    Beautiful! Sad, but beautiful
  • Truly one of the most poignant stories I have ever read.

    5
    By KC Rainbird tunes
    The strength of these women was truly amazing. I will forever be in awe. To complain about the slightest discomfort pales in comparison to what they endured for years and years.
  • Love, love, love!!!!

    5
    By tawn621
    Absolutely loved this book... made me “need” my sisters.
  • Simply Amazing

    5
    By SWalterNC
    This is my third book written by Kristin Hannah and it does not disappoint. A story about family, love and forgiveness that truly speaks to the heart.
  • Winter Garden

    5
    By Prosthoman
    Another great story by a terrific story teller. At times difficult to read and so, so painful, but in the end uplifting and encouraging about the human spirit.
  • Heartbreaking

    5
    By Nanaelaine
    One of the most riveting books I’ve read in a long long time! Heart wrenchingly sad yet a beautiful love story as well.
  • Keep Going! The Fairy Tale that emerges into Truth is mesmerizing!

    5
    By Lace54
    I thought the book got off to a slow start....but I kept going, and am so glad I did! I learned a lot about this period of Russian history that was heartbreaking. The story here is heartbreaking, but at the same time resolved in a beautiful way!
  • Overwhelming strength...

    5
    By Mrosborne
    I’m speechless with tears rolling down my cheeks. This is the story of a women with such great strength fueled by the love of her family. It’s an amazing human story given the real life events of the horrific time.