Winter Garden – Review


By Kristen Hannah

Have you read any of Kristin Hannah books? Well this is #6 for me. Each book is based on a true historical time period, but told in a fictional sense. Although her books are fictional, her stories are told in such vivid, descriptive narratives that you can feel and see the scenes as if they are right before your eyes. They can be heartwarming as well as heart wrenching all in the same. I may or may not have shed a tear (or many) from reading her books, but… we aren’t going to speak on that. Let’s jump into this review.

Winter Garden is a story within a story. A story that will break your heart and mend it back together. One that will touch your heart from beginning to end. A story of war, family, separation, love, and secrets that are given light.

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To me, this book is different from the other books I have read by her. This one is a story within a story, alternating from past and present. We have the story of sisters Meredith and Nina and their mother Anya. Immediately starting this book, my heart was breaking for the ladies as they go through the pain of loosing their father/husband. Meredith and her sister Nina has mainly depended on their father as their mother was so far from the motherly type and never gave the mother love that was longed for. But why? What was it that never allowed their mother to show the affection they wanted? The one thing that their mother did give to them was a fairytale that had been told from the time they were little. Their fathers dying wish was for mother Anya to finish telling the fairytale to her daughters. 

I loved how the fairytale was told by mother, Anya within the story; however, it had my heart breaking for those in that story as well. The fairytale was based on Vera and her family living in the time of War in Leningrad. Reading about the war and the things they had to go through was rough. People being bombed on the streets. Women being separated from their children. Sending their children with strangers just as an attempt to keep them safe from the horrible times they were going through. Starvation, sickness, with little to no means of food or medicine. Leaving loved ones to die alone. 

In an attempt to learn more about their mother and the fairytale she tells, Meredith and Nina plan a trip to Alaska, a place their mother has longed to visit.
They also have a hidden agenda too. As Meredith and Nina continue to listen to the tale their mother told, they soon find what they have been missing from their mother. They find out secrets not only from their mother’s tale, but also from doing a bit of searching themselves.

Reading this one I choked up many times; however, It didn’t get me crying this time. While this may have been my least favorite of Kristin Hannah’s books so far, that does not take away from how much I did enjoy it! 

I’m off to explore book #7 of Kristin Hannah’s, Night Road. Here are the books and the order in which I have read them so far.

  1. FireFly Lane (There is also a Netflix series for this one)
  2. Fly Away
  3. The Nightingale (This is my favorite out of all I’ve read)
  4. The Great Alone
  5. The Four Winds
  6. Winter Garden

All have reviews on my instagram account here.

Until next time….


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