Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,111 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.


  • 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.
  • Wonderful

    By Llg58
    Very surprised at the negative reviews. It took me a bit to get into it but I ended up loving it
  • Couldn’t finish. Too boring.

    By patientb
    200 pages in and it’s a drawn out saga of two boring sisters. I thought it was a book of World War Two but maybe it takes a very long time to get here.
  • Just awful

    By hyfdthnjiu
    Terrible writing and insufferable , one dimensional characters
  • Appropriate

    By 1AnnieB
    Depressing a repetitive. I keep waiting for something new to happen.
  • Wth?

    By Magicalpink
    I fell in love with this author after reading The Nightingale! Her writing is amazing! I felt for every character! This one is a much different story. The characters are not relatable. The fairy tales are just unemotional. Hard to make a connection to any event in the book. Book totally falls flat to the writer’s potential. I do suggest her books “The Great Alone,” and “Firefly Lane.”
  • Great Read

    By dom picc
    I enjoyed the book