The Four Winds
“The four winds have blown us here, people from all across the country, to the very edge of this great land, and now, at last, we make our stand, fight for what we know to be right. We fight for our American dream, that it will be possible again.”
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press for sending me this incredible novel by Kristin Hannah.
“Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.
In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.”
Kristin Hannah is one of the most incredible authors that I’ve read. She has this extraordinary ability to write a book that brings me in and immediately connects to my heart. I am slowly making my way through all of Hannah’s novels, but I have to give myself some time between each one, as her writing always leaves such a deep imprint on my soul. I’m honestly still recovering from reading The Nightingale.
I never wanted this book to end – I wanted to continue to follow the characters and see what happened in their lives. I would love to tell you that this story is full of hope and wonder, but there are very few moments of happiness in the lives of the Martinelli’s. But, this was an accurate portrayal of the heart of America during this time. If anything, it gives you hope at just how resilient a person can be.
“Love is what remains when everything else is gone.”
The Four Winds will easily be a favorite of mine for 2021 as I finished reading it just two weeks ago and have found myself thinking of Loreda and Elsa on several occasions. I knew that Hannah would write an incredible book but, I wasn’t prepared for just how memorable it would be. My review won’t do this story justice as describing the impact that this book had on me is near impossible.
There are several of you that this is high up on your reading list, and I hope you love it as much as I did. The Four Winds will publish on February 9, 2021. I encourage you to pre-order it today.
Also, do yourself a favor and read the author’s note at the end.