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Winter Garden

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Susan Ericksen

15 Hours 0 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

February 2010

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Nicki K.

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

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  • Catherine S.

    A bit slow to start with but the end totally made it worthwhile, it brought me to tears a number of times. So glad I pushed through

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  • Carlyn

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

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  • Loana S.

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

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  • Joan H.

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

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  • Kristen N.

    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.

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  • Linda R.

    Beautiful story.

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  • Beth M.

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

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  • Sharon H.

    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

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  • Anonymous

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

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