Friday, January 29, 2010

Winter Garden

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis(courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

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 fails 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.

My thoughts

Great book about two sisters who grow up thinking their mother hates them. When their father passes they promise him that they will take care of their mother and make her tell them a childhood fairy tale that she has kept to herself for many years. In doing so they learn who their mother is and much about the women they have become. I had very little sympathy for Anya, the mother in the beginning until she tells her story. As the story progressed she became my favorite character. Another hard to put down novel! Kleenex necessary! Another touching story from Kristin Hannah!

I received my ARC copy of this book through the Early Reviewers Program at Librarything. Thank you to Librarything and St. Martins Press.


  1. I'm looking forward to this one. I've read several of Kristin Hannah's books and I think she writes good women's fiction. Love the cover.

  2. Beth....Thanks for posting your review. K. Hannah has been a hit or miss author for me, but this story sounds very sweet--I'm inspired to give it a shot; thanks

  3. Kristin Hannah was new to me last year, I loved Firefly Lane. Very nice review, i'm going to read this one also this year I believe.

  4. This sounds like a great book.

    I have a little something for you on my blog.

  5. I've never heard of Kristin Hannah, and this sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thank you, Beth, for expanding my world of books and authors.

  6. Great review !!! Adding this one to my TBR list because of it....guess I better start stocking up on tissue !!!

  7. Thanks for the review - I loved Firefly Lane and would like to read more by Kristin Hannah.


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