January 31, 2021

#BookReview: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a 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.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review:  If you are familiar with Hannah's writing then this one might be for you.  I am sad to say that I didn't care for this story about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Migration.  I thought that the characters just didn't pull the story along as much as I liked and that the plot of the story just wasn't really for me.  If you are unsure of this one. I would say to borrow it from your library before committing. 

Praise for The Four Winds:

One of "27 of 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away"-- Oprah Magazine

One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021" -- Parade
One of the "Books Everyone Will Talk About in 2021" -- PopSugar
One of "The 57 Most Anticipated Books Of 2021" -- Elle
One of "The 21 Best Books of 2021 for Working Moms" -- Working Mother
One of "The Most Anticipated Winter Books That Will Keep You Cozy All Season Long" -- Stylecaster

One of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2021"-- Frolic

"Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice...combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line"-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Outstanding.... [A] rich, rewarding read about family ties, perseverance, and women's friendships and fortitude." -- Booklist (starred review) 

"Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind. This mother’s soul, suffering the same drought as the land, attempts to cross deserts and beat starvation to save her children with a fierce inner strength called motherhood. A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." --Delia Owens, author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

About the Author

KRISTIN HANNAH is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale, The Great Alone, and The Four Winds. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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