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What the Wind Knows

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  74,678 ratings  ·  7,799 reviews
In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into anoth
Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Manda I loved this more than Outlander. "What the Wind Knows" is less sex heavy, more passionate romance wise, and the plot line is more intense. I highly r…moreI loved this more than Outlander. "What the Wind Knows" is less sex heavy, more passionate romance wise, and the plot line is more intense. I highly recommend reading this book(less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
This is so poetic, lyrical, heart warming, exciting journey starts with the mythical story of Niamh and Oisin, continues with time changing moments of Irish Revolution and we’re catching glimpses from Michael Collins’ life story and his fight for freedom and finally witnessing an unconditional, timeless , amazing love story of Anne and Thomas.
This journey’s the most important element is water which departs and unites our heroes.
There are so many amazing Yeats’ poems you may find in this book b
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-five-stars
5+ stars!

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This book was something special. Quite frankly, it’s the first book in a while that blew me away. The storytelling is magical and it’s such a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful tale. I am such a fan of time traveling in books, especially when it’s done well, and this was done so well. It’s a historical romance and I can tell Amy did her research. This book was well thought out, smart, enthralling, and fascinating. I loved it so much!
"Yes. I told you. You told me. And you will tell
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply put .... Magnificent!!

My first Amy Harmon read, and I absolutely get it now. I absolutely get why this author’s writings are so beloved. She pens a gorgeous, unforgettable romance.

If all men loved their wives the way I love Anne, we would all be a useless lot.

While I went into this blind, and highly recommend you do as well, I will tell you this is a historical romance and a time travel read. The setting is Ireland beginning in the year 1916.

I share this information because I stay a
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
‘i love her with an intensity i didnt think myself capable of. yeats writes about being changed utterly. i am changed utterly. irrevocably. and i can only revel in all its gloriousness.’

this quote describes exactly how i feel about this story. i love it so much that i feel changed. but mine is a subtle change - the change that comes to all readers as they quietly, but surely, make room in their hearts for a new favourite story. and my heart now holds even more love for ireland.

ive always lo
Amy Harmon
Jan 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: coming-soon
When you fall in love in the past, is there such a thing as tomorrow?

What the Wind Knows, a historical romance set in Ireland’s 1920’s, will be released in hardcover on February 1, 2019, and in paperback, ebook and audiobook on March 1, 2019.

Pre-order available on:

Anne – 1921
She is the same, but not the same at all

"You must read the book, Annie. Promise me you’ll read the book. He loves you so much, and he’s been waiting so
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (Author), Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator), Will Damron (Narrator)

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this story because it involves time travel but after pondering reviews for the last year, I decided to give it a go and I'm glad that I did. As with many historical fictions, reading/hearing them leads me to researching the real life events while I enjoy the book. I didn't know much about Ireland's fight for independence but learning more about it from the internet allow
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite

I started this book with a little bit of trepidation. Irish setting, Irish Politics and History, Irish characters, Time-travel (although I did read Outlander and LOVED IT) ... You know me by now - if it is not done right, I will get on my high Irish horse about it! I didn't even have to put my foot in the stirrup or even take the horse from the stable ... I LOVED IT. Especially the history. By the end of the story, my heart was breaking and I was in tears ... not so much for the characters in th
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The only thing negative I could possibly say about What the Wind Knows is that Irish I’d read it sooner.

Sorry about that. You know I can’t help myself.

But in all seriousness, this novel is pretty close to perfection. In honor of Saint Patrick and the leaves of a lucky clover, I raise these four points of admiration:

- While there is a time travel element, this is not “Irelander.” Our heroine Anne does find herself mysteriously back in the 1920’s, but then it’s a linear historical fiction narra
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t, we lose them. If the stories are gone, then the people are gone too.

There are some paths that inevitably lead to heartache, some acts that steal men’s souls, leaving them wandering forever after without them, trying to find what they lost.

Soooooooo.... I’m going to reread this book at a later date. I feel like I’m having some kind of mood crisis. I need some weird mood reading because I love Amy Harmon. That’s not to say you will love all o
Margaret M (Semi hiatus until October)
Wow what a fantastic book and one of the best books I have read this year.

What the Wind Knows is an epic story written by Amy Harmon, and is an amazing interpretation of events in Ireland during the period of 1916 – 1922, the Easter Rising and Ireland’s fight for its independence. It is a stunning work of fiction interwoven with true historical events, combining the magical and the real. Whilst I have read several books from this period, this one was special. It speaks of the ordinary and the ex
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will embrace this one. Harmon has become a go to author for me as a talented writer.
She swept me away in The Songbook of Benny Lament as well as Where the Lost Wander
This is another enjoyable one. It’s a time traveller piece which at first made me hesitate but not for long as I was quickly immersed in this story.
Ireland. 2001. Annie tosses the ashes of her grandfather into the lake per his wishes. Next thing you know, it’s 1921 and Annie has been transposed i
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

Such a beautiful story, What The Wind Knows will always have a special place in my heart!
Her book took me on an imaginary journey I didn't want to end!It's a fantastic,unique, captivating and intense story.Do you know why I love Amy Harmon's books? Because they are pure perfection!Always, with original stories.


This story is full of emotions, my heart was beating hard and I was anxious to see what will happen.I loved the characters so much, and especially the bond they have.There are some
DNF @ 34%

This is reading like a history book. A really boring history book. But somehow the author also manages to make references to things/people during this time period as if the reader already knew all about it, which I absolutely did not and thus had to Wikipedia things. Then the parts that do not focus on the Irish War of Independence instead focused on exciting things such as - going shopping for clothing and toiletries. I just can't force myself to read this anymore. So disappointing con
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5, brb, crying forever stars!!!

It's been a while since I read this, but I'm trying to dig myself out of my self-induced review hole so I'll give it my best shot! Obviously, as you can tell by my rating I absolutely adored this book. Anne Gallagher was raised by her Irish grandfather, Eion. As the only parent she's ever truly known they have an incredibly loving relationship and after Eion passes away Anne is heartbroken and left feeling lost and listless. Fulfilling Eions final wish, Anne travel
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”Don’t go near the water, love. Stay away from strand or sea. You cannot walk on water, love; The lough will take you far from me.”

I was a little nervous about reading this book. I’m not a fan of ”Historical Romances”, and history puts me to sleep, literally! The majority of the plot of ”WHAT THE WIND KNOWS” is deeply entrenched in history, and I am not going to lie, I struggled to get through most of the book, BUT, Amy Harmon is a truly
Emma Scott
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I'm sort of slack-jawed right now. I was drawn to the cover first--it has to be one of the most beautiful I've ever seen--and then a snippet drew me in deeper. Something about it resonated, and while fiction hasn't been so good for me lately, I had a feeling about this one and I was right. I know that doesn't tell you anything helpful about the book, except maybe to know that it is not a novel that lets go of you easily.

Historical, fantastical, romantic, and brilliant. I can't imagine the
This story was a superb 5 stars PLUS!

I listened to this book as an Audio and it was a beautiful, stunning story! I was mesmerized and enchanted by the setting and history of Ireland. The story was cleverly told in a unique way through time-travel and poetry. A timeless love story between Anne Gallagher and Thomas Smith!

I enjoyed the journey. Amy Harmon is definitely an author that I will automatically read again. This is one of the best books of 2019 in my opinion!
4.5 ⭐️

My favourite Amy Harmon novel so far.


Buddy-reading with someone who I have to speak to on a daily! 💛

Frankly, I’m in the mood to cry. Amy Harmon will do.
2.5 Stars

Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, its with O'Leary in the grave.
W.B Yeats
Well I can confirm that Romantic Ireland is at its best in this novel

A time travelling, Historical Fiction, Romance novel set in 1921 during Ireland's war of Independence.
I picked this one up just because I was interested in the Historial element of this book and it has been getting amazing reviews.

A story with a lot going on and I am not sure it really worked for me. I found the Irish history element of the
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union publishing for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.

Such a beautiful story! I mean, who can resist a time travel novel? I really cannot and Amy Harmon weaves a beautiful tale of a 21st century woman who finds herself traveling back to 1920's Ireland. Just like main protagonist Anne, I was swept away into the political intrigues of a country that wished to get rid of its British oppressor. Not to mention that I certainly fell in love with Thomas and lit
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 -5 Stars


Amy Harmon delivers a very well-researched/magical story doused in Irish history and a loop of souls that forever connect. You must read her ‘Author’s Note’ as she cleverly shows a correlation between her own family’s history mixed together with famous patriots of Ireland.

If you are a history buff, or a fan of fantastical love stories, or simply an Amy Harmon fan, then I think you will be as pleased as I was with Anne Gallagher’s story!

"I told you. You told me. Only the wind
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MY REVIEW: can also be found on my blog:

’WHAT THE WIND KNOWS’ is a full length historical romance novel by Amy Harmon.

If you are a fan of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon then without a doubt you'll love this book.

Where to even start with this review!! This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, as soon as I could start reading it I was transported to another world, I couldn’t put it down, I did
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, loves, btb-2020, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

What a delight, to begin the year with one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, by one of my favorite authors of all. Every Amy Harmon book leaves me in awe - completely astonished by the gifts she was endowed with, the feelings she's able to put into language my brain does not possess. Amy Harmon holds more talent in her little finger than most of us could wish to acquire in a lifetime. That's why anything I say about her or her books will be an injustice to the
3.5 stars

What the Wind Knows, a beautifully crafted historical romance, was full of details of Ireland during the 1920s. The novel was well researched from clothing to the political unrest that had Ireland in its grip, and it all added to the authenticity of the novel.

If you love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series you'll love this book.

Without a doubt it had everything a time traveling historical romance should have. Full of historical and emotional turmoil and thanks to the fantastic research by
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-5-star, z2019-11

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Historical Fiction + Cultural

Book Structure:
I read the digital version of this book and was alternating between it and the audiobook. The book is around 411 pages. There are a total of 26 chapters with first person's perspective narration from the two main characters.

“We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t, we lose them. If the stories are gone, then the people are gone too.”

This is one of those books that you need to get into without reading the synopsis. I did that
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited

I stopped reading for almost 2 years. From 150+ books a year to nothing. I burned out. I was bored. I felt like I was reading the same story over and over again, and the slight differences no longer made a big enough impact for me to pick up my kindle. After my little hiatus, I am finding myself getting excited about reading again. And this book. This book truly reminded me what it was like to find myself completely immersed in another world. I shouldn’t be surprised, this is Amy Harmon, and I s
Iben Frederiksen
★ 5.0 Stars ★

History, Ireland AND time-travel? Heck yes!

What the Wind Knows is a story of Anne Gallagher who goes til Ireland in 2001, to scatter the ashes of her grandfather, but suddenly finds herself in the Ireland of 1921.

This book is a beautiful blend of family, history and science fiction, that made me cry honest to god tears at the end. Such a magical story ❤
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
5 “Outlander” stars

“Don’t forget to read the book. He loved you. He loved you so much. He’s been waiting, Annie.”


Here I am once again in a tight spot trying to write that review. As for each Amy Harmon’s books, the task is daunting. There is so much to tell yet I don’t own a tenth of her talent.

Maybe let’s begin with the more important: I read it in one sitting and it is a long book (120.000 words). I left my body’s imprint on the couch by the
h o l l i s
This is why I have a black sheep shelf, folks. This right here.

I'm going to start off by saying if you love OUTLANDER, or any time-travel-y historical romance, you'll probably love this. Even if I, a fan of OUTLANDER, did not.

WHAT THE WIND KNOWS is a slightly more modern slip through the sands of time, or rather less of a jump, and Harmon's take on the concept drops us into an Ireland on the brink of civil war as her countrymen fight for independence. But unlike the aforementioned novel that wi
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely blew me away! From the very first page all the way to the very end, I was swept up in Amy Harmon’s beautifully crafted, enchanting story of American-born Anne Gallagher, who travels to Ireland for the first time in her life to fulfill her beloved grandfather Eoin’s dying wish to have his ashes spread in the lake at his childhood home. Once there, overcome by grief and memories of her grandfather, Anne finds herself pulled back into time to the 1920s -- a tumultuous time peri ...more
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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good ...more

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