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 a 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.
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Anya’s chronicle of the 900-day siege, during which more than half a million civilians perished from hunger and cold, imparts new gravitas to the novel, easily overwhelming her daughters’ more conventional “issues.” The effect, however, is all but vitiated by a manipulative and contrived ending.Read Full Review of Winter Garden | See more reviews from Kirkus
The complexity and depth of the “fairy tale” timeline makes Hannah’s pat tying-up-loose-ends resolution all the more inexplicable. Relying heavily on improbable coincidence and a sense of something fated, the conclusion of Winter Garden was a bit too tidy for my satisfaction.Read Full Review of Winter Garden | See more reviews from Blog Critics
Although in many ways the situations and characters in WINTER GARDEN are extremes, sisters and daughters of all ages will recognize fundamental truths in Kristin Hannah’s keenly observed portrayal of the Whitson family.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
The question for Hannah's readers will be whether these late revelations are enough to balance the unsympathetic portrait of a coldhearted woman in the many preceding chapters. For this reader, it doesn't work: Too many real-life people have undergone horrific wartime experiences and still been able to give their own children a hug and a smile.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
Kristin Hannah has a wonderful style of writing that I love to read. She is truly a great storyteller.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
Honestly, if the story of Anya wasn’t told the way it was, I probably would not have finished this book because then the core of the story would seem to follow a typical formula that seems to exist for stories about women hitting middle age and looking back on their lives and the mistakes or regrets they have.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
Winter Garden was an interesting novel that’s a great read for a cold, snowy day. Though the ending is tied up a little too easily and neatly, it’s the character development and introspection that really makes it worth reading. Fans of women’s fiction novels should definitely consider picking this one up.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
Love that is longsuffering, gentle, patient, good, and faithful makes WINTER GARDEN a story that will be long remembered.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
I loved this book. It was my favorite Kristin Hannah book to date. She never disappoints---I've never read anything of hers that I didn't like.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
Spanning from old world Russia to the magic of modern day Alaska, Winter Garden creates a world of mythical fairy tales, the heartbreaking pain of loss and the truth that love always endures. A wonderful story of life in all it’s glory and horror, Winter Garden is a must read. A story you will not soon forget.Read Full Review of Winter Garden
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