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Winter Garden [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312364121
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming June 30 2013
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 Winter Garden March 6 2012
I had to put this book down only because I had to go to work between turning the pages. I am NOT an avid reader, but my mom is. Last year while I was in Florida visiting my mom and dad, mom handed me this book! I'm sooo glad she did! I love this tangled web that completes a family story. I have always been facinated by the point of view that different family members have of each other - more scientifically we call it birth order ... but Kristin Hannah does a remarkable job of reminding us that there is more behind every person's eyes AND that each and every person deserves a chance to tell their story AND have it heard. I was 'moved' and struck by the fact that the father knew how important his wife's story was. As young women, we don't always 'tolerate' each other or our mothers, but this story aught to be read by every teenager (daughter), who is 'ready' to sit down and try to discover their own mother! It is incredibly well written and I will pass this book on to any daughter who will read it. Although not all of us carry this kind of pain nor strength, we all carry our own crosses. I was inspired by this book and I learned a lot about myself and my need to really 'hear' people's stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read April 4 2013
By Con
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I could not put the book down and could not wait to hear Anya's story. I honestly can not think of one negative thing about this book and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind some history, crying, laughter and a little mystry. Well done Kristin Hanna. I will be reading more of your books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, love Kristin Hannahs books! June 29 2012
By Karen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was an awesome book. I love Kristin Hannahs books. I was in Fort Lauderdale and was looking to find some books to relax with. I came across Night Road, oh I couldn,t put it down, and since then, I am reading all her books. She really brings her characters to life, so much so where I was constantly thinking about the storyline, and what was going to happen next, really just like a good movie where you still think about it after you have seen it.

It depicts a great storyline between a mother and her daughters, and the secret that is kept.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a good story. Its hard to explain really, but you will understand once you start reading, you will become so engrossed it, I can,t wait until she writes more books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a good movie! April 21 2012
By Lonnie
Kristen Hannah tells the story of a mother living two lives, first a harrowing life in German invaded St. Petersburg struggling to protect two young children, contrasted with a comfortable life in modern day Yakima, Wa. - yet as distanced from the two children from her second family as she was close to the first two children. A tale of endurance, of a comeback after being pushed to the absolute breaking point. Excellent!
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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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