Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
From 1,920 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.


  • 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
  • Winter Garden

    By Artymusician
    This is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I often think of the characters and the unimaginable hardships of WW2 ! This author has written a beautiful book I will never forget!
  • Just stick to the fairytale

    By Jessiep813
    I loved the historical fiction in this book and the fairytale had me hooked. However the story of the mom and her daughters fell completely flat and was a total waste to me.
  • The winter garden

    By Bjwk2
    The most beautiful book I have ever read. Could not put it down. The story and the way the author writes will leave you spellbound.
  • Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

    By MrsZDP
    I just love Kristin Hannah, her writing and story telling is so beautiful. Just when you think you have it figured out she takes your heart for another turn. Winter Garden was an amazing story of love, bravery, dreams and perseverance, I couldn’t put it down. I finished it moments ago at my sons basketball practice and was crying in the lobby. I will forever hold these characters in my heart, I’m going to miss them.
  • Loads of typos

    By fpp221
    Spell check would be a worthwhile investment for this publisher. At least a dozen typos that I found. Great book otherwise.