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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Hannah Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the smash-hit best-seller 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 fails 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a tearjerker, but the journey is as lovely—and haunting—as a snow filled winter’s night.”

    People

  • “Winter Garden is Kristin Hannah’s best written and most deeply affecting novel yet.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A searing story with a breathtaking, beautiful ending.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This tearjerker weaves a convincing historical novel and contemporary family drama.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers will find it hard not to laugh a little and cry a little more as mother and daughters reach out to each other just in the nick of time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katy | 2/15/2014

    " I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of hers with every book. This one is a heart wrenching emotional book that really got me in the end. I love historical fiction, and Kristen wrote this beautifully. It was slow in some parts which was why I am only giving it 4 stars....wish I could give 4.5 though..... I'm sad to say goodbye to these awesome ladies and their stories..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily | 1/31/2014

    " What a great book. A very sad and well told story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jodi | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent book! Read it in two days, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/28/2014

    " Ick: It's like reading a Lifetime movie. "

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