Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,235 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.


  • Simply Amazing

    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

    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

    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!

    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...

    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.
  • Mothers daughters

    By YayaNetski
    Interesting mother child interaction on many levels. Interesting Russian history involved.
  • Worth reading

    By Lysch60
    A Heartbreaking but wonderful story.
  • Lovely story

    By TriciaE81
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I absolutely recommend it.
  • Great book must read

    By Buckingb
    I like the historical aspect of the story, creating a believable family tragedy
  • Excellent read

    By Lvnmybyz
    Love reading about the people during the war times.