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Winter Garden [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"It’s a tearjerker, but the journey is as lovely—and haunting—as a snow filled winter’s night."
People magazine

"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

"Winter Garden is Kristin Hannah’s best written and most deeply affecting novel yet."
The Huffington Post

"This tearjerker weaves a convincing historical novel and contemporary family drama..."
Library Journal

"A…searing story with a breathtaking, beautiful ending."
The Seattle Times

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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 a 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.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (Feb. 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003672JHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Turning the Pages Review Feb. 13 2012
Format:Paperback
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Resisting the urge to skip ahead so I could find out what happens was a serious problem with this novel. Even though there are a number of stories told in this novel; Meredith's struggles with her marriage, Nina's struggles with love and family, Anya's struggles with her past, and Veronika's story in Russia, everything flows so smoothly.

What starts out as a story of three struggling women turns into a beautiful story... one that literally brough tears to my eyes. I found that this book allowed me to laugh, cry, yell and hurt and a book that does that is a very powerful book.

Overall, this book needs to be read... it deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf! Well done Kristin Hannah, I will be reading many more of your books in the future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but predictable May 29 2014
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This was a well written book. It was somewhat predicable at times and lacked any real suspense. Interesting to read about a different time and place.
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A 4/5 for its beautiful story telling and beautiful unravelling of the mystery that holds the two sisters and their mother apart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best Oct. 12 2013
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Kristin Hannah is at her best in this novel. The story is one of hardship and complexity - and only after the reader is given the full picture - do prior events finally fall into place. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming June 30 2013
By Dana TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It has been a long time since I have read a book so poignant. Winter Garden is going right to the top of my 'recommend to everyone' list. I have always been suspect of symbolism in novels but in my mind, if no where else, Anya struck me as the personification of Russia during Stalin's rule, through the siege of Lenningrad and possibly even today. She seemed cold and bitter to those who didn't know her but had a core passion and strength that only became apparent as her story was told.

As Anya's story is told and as her daughters, Nina and Meredith, come to know and admire their mother, the reader is drawn into the era, the pain and the strength that are portayed. Anya has trouble forgiving herself for choices that were forced upon her and refuses to see in herself the power and fortiude that make her a survivor.

I loved the characters. I loved the story. I love the writing style of Kristin Hannah. This was the first of her books I have picked up but it will not be the last. Winter Garden is a story that has become a part of me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book !! June 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was hooked on this book and the more I read felt I was being "pulled into the fairytale". I love how Kristin Hannah can write a book within a book. I thought this book was extremely poignant. There was so much of a story, I love the inter-reationship descriptions of her characters. I have read almost all of Hannah's books. I love the way she unravels a story.
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