Winter Garden

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Kristin Hannah
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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Overview

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.

Reviews (27)

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Written by Carlyn on September 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn’t wait until it ended. Unrealistic, unsympathetic characters. Really enjoyed The Nightingale, but not this one.

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Written by Loana S. on August 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this.book. I laughed and cried. It was a beautiful read.

Written by Joan H. on May 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book- great characters- enjoyed the family dynamics. Will listen again

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Written by Kristen N. on April 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is a painful read/listen. The first half of the book is almost unbearable to get through. It did pick up a little bit, but not enough. Kristin Hannah’s other books are excellent. But this one and Night Road are not worth your time. I literally had to check the internet to make sure there weren’t two authors with the same name. Move on to something else if you loved The Great Alone and Nightingale. This won’t do it for you.

Written by Linda R. on January 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautiful story.

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Written by Beth M. on December 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a wonderful story of love and loss and finding new beginnings.

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Written by Sharon H. on December 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have mixed emotions about this book the beginning is long and drags on a bit but the ending is great! Overall I would recommend

Written by Anonymous on December 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I could barely get through the first 2 hours of listening. Boring!

Written by Nicki K. on September 29th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Kristen Hannah delivers again. It is not my favorite, but still captivating.

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Written by Wendy T. on September 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I’m glad this isn’t the first Kristin Hannah book that I picked up or I probably wouldn’t have read another. Love Kristin Hannah reads but this one I could have done without! I just kept waiting for it to get good. It never did

Author Details

Author Details

Hannah, Kristin

"Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of ON MYSTIC LAKE, ANGEL FALLS, SUMMER ISLAND, DISTANT SHORES, AND BETWEEN SISTERS. She lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest."