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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 2nd 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 394
Edition language: English
Winter Garden is not the first Kristin Hannah book I've read, and sadly it wasn't my favorite. Based on reviews many readers have loved this book, so if you think it's your type of story then give it a shot. The upside: I enjoyed most of the 'fairy tale' part of the book. I wasn't at all familiar ...
I'm done. I'm not reviewing this. It got better toward the end, thank God. But my thoughts on this are that I have enough mommy issues in real life. I certainly don't need to add someone else's. I still wanted to throat punch people by the end, but not as badly. Still, too many mommy issues.
Four stars, five stars, I'm not sure what to rate this. I think it's four and a half stars. Winter Garden is basically broken into two stories. The "present day" story (that's really 2000/2001) is filled with some seriously frustrating people. It's hard to understand why Meredith responds (or doesn'...
An emotionally gripping, heart tugging and powerful story with multiple relationships about love and the choices we make. I cried a few times throughout. Meredith and Nina. at their fathers death bed. promise to listen to their estranged mothers 'fairy tale' about war-torn Leningrad under Stalin's...
The beginning was a little slow. I almost feel that the side stories of the daughters was a distraction. I would have liked it more if the book would have concentrated more on the mother-daughters relationship. There was a lot of emphasis on Meredith's and Nina's relationships with the men in the...