Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

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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.


About Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Fly Away, Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, Comfort & Joy, The Things We Do for Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls, Waiting for the Moon, When Lightning Strikes, If You Believe, Once in Every Life, The Enchantment, and A Handful of Heaven.
Published January 28, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Feb 27 2011
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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.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Winter Garden

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Readers will find it hard not to laugh a little and cry a little more as mother and daughters reach out to each other just in the nick of time.

Nov 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Winter Garden

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It would be easy to dismiss Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden as book club fiction, a done-to...Saved from book-club fiction predictability by an intricate weaving of timelines, Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden is an emotionally compelling read.

Feb 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Winter Garden

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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.

Feb 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Winter Garden

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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.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Winter Garden

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May 15 2010 | 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 reg...

Nov 25 2016 | 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 t...

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Love that is longsuffering, gentle, patient, good, and faithful makes WINTER GARDEN a story that will be long remembered.

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