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Winter Garden

Written by: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 by Kristin Hannah. (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“It's a tearjerker, but the journey is as lovely - and haunting - as a snow filled winter's night.” --People Magazine

“This tearjerker weaves a convincing historical novel and contemporary family drama.” --Library Journal

“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.” --Publishers Weekly 

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hated this book

very disappointed nowhere close to "the great alone'
boring and hard to follow
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Prepare for a Long Haul

First off, overall I enjoyed this novel. I've read Kristin Hannah's two more recent novels, The Nightingale, and The Great Alone. This book is not those books. While those two books I found utterly captivating, "The Winter Garden" takes a very long time to get around to telling the actual story. The story could be told in half the amount of words - much of the lead-up to finally unravelling the great mystery of Anya is superfluous. That said, the story of Anya and the siege of Leningrad is amazing, was unfamiliar to me, and I found it very enjoyable. Hannah's description of Russia and the hardships of the war were gripping, heartbreaking, and beautiful. #Audible1

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loved this!!

An exceptional story that draws you right in! You are captured from the very beginning.

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Couldn’t stop listening

An amazing story of love, loss, war, relationships, forgiveness and reconciliation. Very well written, the story really pulls you in.

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Great book

It started off a bit slow but was well worth the read. I was crying so hard at the end I could hardly see to drive.

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Good, not Hannah's best

Having read Firefly Lane and Fly Away, and listened to Four Strong Winds and The Nightingale, my expectations were high. While the story was strong, it wasn't as gripping as the others, and dragged in places. Overall I would rate it a 3.5.

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Wow.

I really loved this story. So moving. With a 5yr old at home and the war in Ukraine currently, it felt so real and so important to witness stories like this. My family doesn’t know this type of sacrifice (or hasn’t in a few generations)… I’m glad for the reminder of how lucky I am.

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A Love Story

I loved this book from beginning to end. The narration and story line were wonderful and you could easily identify with the characters. It was a unique twist on a memory of WWII. A beautiful love story.

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Slow start

This was a chore for me to get through. I found the story very slow and boring. If I was reading this book, I doubt I would get through it. I found the characters boring and I didn't like any of them. It was painful. I do love the Nightingale, but the last few books from Kristin Hannah have been disappointing for me.

The end was a nice surprise, but it was a chore getting there

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Slow and steady unraveling

Like other books by this author, I found myself taking awhile to warm up to the characters, yet this time I found it intentional and mirroring other women I’ve met....until we stop and listen to each other’s stories do we forgive or look past the first impressions.

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