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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.

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Winter Garden
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February 24th, 2015
This book kept me clamoring for more and did not disappoint. This is the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more. The author makes the book come to life so well that you feel like you're part of it. Well done.
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Thought Provoking
October 3rd, 2014
This is the book I recommend to people who have not read Kristin Hannah. It is so moving and emotional. It left me thinking about and appreciating the relationship I have with my mother and people in general.
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Winter garden
September 3rd, 2014
One of your best novel. J'ai beaucoup aimer ce livre. Beau travail.
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Amazing Story
February 3rd, 2014
Exquisitely researched. Rich with detail. Full of love and heartbreak. This is a must read!
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Winter Garden
January 18th, 2014
Loved the book! Kept drawing me back for more of the fairytale. Even though fiction, the stories of women Surviving in Leningrad are quite vivid. I cannot imagine living in such conditions. She weaves the story beautifully with the fairytale and the modern-day story.
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November 13th, 2013
I absolutely loved this book and have recommended it to lots of my friends !! Its a beautiful story and Kristin Hannah does a wonderful job of helping us get to know each of her main characters. I did not want the story to end ! I never realized what hardships the people of Russia endured but the triumphant and strength of character between their lives past and present. Do yourself a favor and read this book !!
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