Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
From 393 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.


  • Winter Garden

    By Feelingooood
    One of the best books I've read. Could not put it down.
  • 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!
  • Love/heartache

    By Sun35571
    Amazing read...cried & heartache at the choices that had to be made. Then to realize that people actually lived this life.
  • So Moving!

    By Cheifstuff
    Couldn't put it down. So awesome.
  • Awesome book!

    By LT1113
    I couldn't put this one down! Kristin Hannah never disappoints!
  • WinterGarden

    By Jane Powell
    Loved this book. Once I started to read it I did not want to put it down. One of the best I have read in a while.
  • Winter Garden

    By Carol Sabatino
    Great book.
  • Winter Garden

    By Author of Grace's Magic
  • Beautifully written and haunting

    By JewelKee
    I was so sad that this story had to end. Loved the characters. I listened to it on audio and was completely blown away by the narrators accents. I felt like I was a part of the story. Kristen Hannah is such an incredible writer.