Thursday, December 26, 2019

Books from the Backlog - Winter Garden

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

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.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf - I bought this on Audible years ago because I heard the narrator was great and I'd been meaning to read it.  It looks perfect for this time of year and I like the multi-generational story aspect.


  1. Hope you get the chance to enjoy it soon!

  2. I hope you get around to it soon -- it sounds really good!

  3. I loved Winter Garden, although the audiobook version, oh I see you have the audio version. It is a bit harrowing as I remember but I thought it was excellent.

  4. I just checked and found that I have had this book sitting on my Kindle since 2013. It does sound really good! Hopefully, we will both enjoy it!

  5. It has a very engaging cover too.

  6. I've loved or at least really liked all the books I've read by Kristin Hannah. I need to explore more of her backlist!