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Winter Garden

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Susan Ericksen

15 Hours 0 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

February 2010

Audio Book Summary

Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden is one woman’s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. It is a novel that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.
1941. Leningrad, a once magical city besieged by war, cut off from aid, buried in snow. A city full of women desperate to save their children and themselves…
2000. Loss and old age have taken a terrible toll on Anya Whitson. At last, she will reach out to her estranged daughters. In a halting, uncertain voice, she begins to weave a fable about a beautiful Russian girl who lived in Leningrad a lifetime ago…
Nina and Meredith sit spellbound at their mother’s bedside, listening to a story that spans more than sixty years and moves from the terrors of war-torn Leningrad under siege to modern-day Alaska.
In a quest to uncover the truth behind the story, Nina and Meredith discover a secret so shocking, so impossible to believe, it shakes the foundation of their family and changes who they believe they are.
“Another powerful story of family love, and strong women…a fascinating story that weaves fairy tales into reality, fairy tales that don’t always have the expected endings.” ―The Herald-News
“…a gripping read. Hannah’s audience will find plenty to discuss in this enthralling entry.” ―Booklist

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

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  • Wendy T.

    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

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    Fascinating historical fiction.

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  • Pamela T.

    I loved this book!! After I got into it I couldn’t stop listening!!

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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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  • Cathy B.

    A hauntingly beautiful story that I didn't see emerging until quite far into the book. I enjoyed it and found it totally absorbing. Wept my eyes out in the last few chapters. One of my best 'reads' so far

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  • Rachelle S.

    Excellent book could not put it down. Highly recommend this book. Was sad when it was Kristin's books !!!

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  • Candy G.

    Needed an edit. Too much repetition in the first 2/3rds of the book. Had to hand on til the end to find out the mystery.

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  • Cindy L.

    Winter Garden was a disappointment after Nightingale. The first two thirds of the book kept repeating the same thing over and over. I'm glad I hung on till the end even though I was ready to quit listening. I have enjoyed a number of Kristin Hannah's books and have learned they start out VERY slowly only to turn a corner and make me sit in my car long after I've gotten to my destination just so I hear what happens next! Throughout the first part of Winter Garden I kept reminding myself it should get better...and it did.

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  • Cynthia W

    I did not like this book at all, which is unusual for me. Mostly I've really enjoyed all the audiobooks I've listened to even if they were not great stories. For me, I think that a combination of things made this book very hard to get through, but mainly the story itself was so boring. Six hours into the book and nothing had really happened to set up the story or keep the reader interested. Both the mother and the 2 sisters were really 2 dimensional characters and the relationship between them was very annoying. I, too, bought this book because I listened to the Nightingale, which was amazing. Winter garden cannot even come close. It's tough to say that the narrator was the issue because the book itself and the characters were so bad.

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