Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Release Day! The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah ~ My Thoughts #TheFourWinds #NetGalley

 Release Day!

Congrats Kristin
on the release today of 
The Four Winds!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Historical Fiction, 464 pages
Published February2, 2021 by St. Martin's Press

The Four Winds, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, is an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras—the Great Depression.

"If I close my eyes, I can still taste the dust..."

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. The crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all.

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 who will discover the best in herself in the worst of times. 

My thoughts about The Four Winds ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"Hope is a coin I carry: an American penny, given to me by a man I came to love."

Kristin's books always seem a little daunting to me when I pick one up—they are all a bit hefty. But the subject matter she writes about is always so interesting to me and I find myself flying through the pages. The Four Winds was exactly that and so much more. So many pages but oh, it was so, so good! 

The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression were devastating times for the United States, especially in the Plains states. The Four Winds personalizes the hardship and struggles of the time, through the lives of Elsa Martinelli and her family. What they, and others like them, had to endure was heartbreaking—everything in their lives was either lost or taken away.

I absolutely loved this story and learned so much about the time period and the unimaginable conditions that everyone had to endure. I know I will be thinking about Elsa and her family for a very long time. This is a story that I highly recommend, especially for lovers of historical fiction or American history. 

I received an ARC of The Four Winds via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.


About the author

Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and The Week. Her novel, The Great Alone, was also voted as Goodreads best historical novel of the year in 2018.

Kristin's highly anticipated new release, The Four Winds will be published on February 9, 2021 (St. Martin's Press). The novel is a sweeping, emotional story of love, family, and survival, set in Texas and California during the dark days of The Great Depression. It is a portrait of one indomitable woman who will do anything to keep her family together.

The Nightingale is currently in production at Tri Star, with award-winning director Melanie Laurent set to direct a cast led by Dakota and Elle Fanning.

Firefly Lane, starring Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke and Ben Lawson, is set to premiere on Netflix in early 2021. ~ Goodreads

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  1. I loved The Nightingale and I'm very curious about other books by this author!

  2. I like this author but her books definitely require a lot of time and thought. It was a BOTM option for Feb. but I skipped this month.


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