Book Review – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

posted by Laurie Ryan

If you’ve read any of Kristin Hannah’s books, you know she’s adept at tugging on a reader’s heartstrings. Winter Garden is no exception. I haven’t cried this much over a book in a long, long time.

I rated this story a 5 on Goodreads recently, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted another star. Or three. I was mesmerized by this family and how each person heals (and grows) differently from life’s wounds. This story reminds us of the horrors of war and yet shows us the resilience and compassion of humanity.

It starts a little slow, but hang in there because it is SO worth it. I highly, highly recommend it, although I suggest you clear your calendar for a couple days before starting page one. You’re going to want to keep reading.  

Here’s the blurb for the story and Kristin’s website for additional information:

From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Laneand 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-tornLeningrad, 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.


5 responses to “Book Review – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

  1. I read this book and I’ll second Laurie’s comment of 5 stars not being enough. Kristin Hanna’s stories are — well they just ARE. She weaves stories with strong emotion, strong characters and strong plots.

    Thanks for the review Laurie.

  2. Ooh, a new author to discover and her stories sound like my cup of tea. Thanks for the review, Laurie.

  3. sounds intriguing. Love that era and that setting. Will have to check it out

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