The Four Winds
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 ...more
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My heart hurts. It is already broken. My tears drained. I cannot gather my emotions anymore because they’re at everywhere. This is real heart ripping, soul crushing and truly earth shattering, shaking you to the core reading experience!
Ms. Hannah did it again! She shattered my soul in tiny pieces and captured my heart as like she did with Nightingale, Great Alone, Firefly Lane. I turned into a hu ...more
Forgive my indulgence by starting this review on a personal note, but as a child, my parents had a saying - “Never judge a person’s life story by the chapter you find them in”. It was said with kindness and concern for others’ misfortunes, and never was this more pertinent than in The Four Winds!
1930’s Texas, the dust bowl, the stock market crash, and for the farmers across The Great Plains, came burning winds that destroyed everything in their path, and a drought so fierce that it ...more
“Hope is a coin I carry: an American penny, given to me by a man I came to love. There were times in my journey when I felt as if that penny and the hope it represented were the only things that kept me going.”
Kristin Hannah has written a number of novels and I’ve read several. In my view, her strength lies in historical fiction. This novel depicting the trials of so many people in the Dust Bowl in Texas and other places during the 1930’s, and the Dust Bowl Migration, who endured the ...more
This book was an incredibly depressing read. I felt so much for the characters that I really had to hold myself back from crying. Particularly when injustice after injustice was endured and things kept going from bad to worse. It made me wonder how much can a person really stand before their spirit is completely ...more
This is America after the stock market crash.
This is America of the dust bowl.
This is America of the forgotten farmer and the unemployed turned migrant worker: homeless, poverty stricken experiencing starvation, cruelty, and despair.
This is a book that urges us to look back and lament.
Given what is going on in my country this is an America perilously close to a precipitous edge. Let’s hope that these hard times don’t become the “worst hard times.”
But then the drought comes and crops no longer grow. This period is now known as t ...more
The year is 1921, the setting is Texas, during the Great Depression.
Elsa is a young woman who has never known love. Ignored by her family, she yearns for a different life. The first time a man pays attention to her, Elsa becomes wholly smitten. That man is Rafe Martinelli. His intentions are less than stellar, as Elsa comes to find out when she discovers she is with child and she finds out he is engaged to be married to someone else. Yet his parents, To ...more
The story is set at the same time as The Grapes of Wrath: the Great Depression combined with the Dust Bowl. Now I’m going to have to re-read that novel, although this is a wonderful story from the point ...more
Set in the 1930’s Great Depression, Dust Bowl
Such a tragic time in history.
This is a story of hope, resilience and fighting for what is right.
A story of America and the American Dream.
Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC!
Having read The Nightingale and The Great Alone, I was familiar with Ms. Hannah’s ability to portray strong female characters. She writes with fastidious attention to detail; she does her research well. In several reviews, I have seen comparisons, even a ...more
Elsa Martinelli is a force to be reckon with and she raised a strong, i ...more
For instance, I absolutely loved Night Road...it's probably one of my all-time favorite books. Yet, I really fecking hated the The Nightingale.
And here's why...
Every time I read Hannah's historical fiction, I end up feeling as though she researches like a mad woman, jots down every tragedy she can find during that time period, and then destroys her main character by making her suffer through every. single. calamity.
It's too much.
This book w ...more
This is an amazing book which is so well written that the descriptions almost make you taste ...more
And sorrow, hopelessness, tragedy, and loss were served up in heaping amounts to our grandparents and great-grandparents on a daily basis during the Great Depression. Mother Nature laced the countrysides with dust storms so thick that breathing became a struggle to survive and grit filled the air with darkness embedding itself into every corner of every life.
The Four Winds is a heavy, brutal read. Know this going in as we, ourselves, ...more
Born into a family who lived a comfortable life, if only financially, Elsa feels like an outsider inside these walls where words are spent only to diminish her, to tell her what she will never be - good enough, healthy enough, pretty enough, wanted enough. Any attempt to live a normal life is met with words of disapproval, disdain and disregard for what she wants, let alone needs – someone to show her that she has value, someo ...more
I already know this is going to be one of my favourite books of 2021 (maybe even ever). Though books always move away of playing with my emotions, it’s been a while since one has left me ugly crying like this did.
It’s also a place and time in history that I’m not overly familiar with which is one of my favourite things about historical fiction. Kristin Hannah’s writing is so descriptive and beautiful, you really feel ...more
This is only my second book by Kristin Hannah but also my second 5 star rating for her. She sure knows how to write a moving story and pull at he ...more
Firstly, Elsa Martinelli is a badass protagonist and I loved her so much. Her original family is garbage, Rafe is garbage for a lot of reasons, but I LOVED her chosen family, Tony and Rosa. A ...more
And that it certainly did.
I immediately found myself empathising with lead character Elsa. Her story was incredibly moving; a young woman unappreciated and forgotten by her family and so desperate for love. I’ll freely admit that tears ...more
The Four Winds is my 3rd book by Kristin Hannah, and my least favorite... by a lot. The Nightingale and The Great Alone were not about happy subjects, but there was an amazing story and wonderful characters in them. Both things that I think The Four Winds is lacking.
The book started to pick up around page 300, and the magical writing I have come to expect from Kristin Hannah appeared in the last 30 pages, but it wasn't enough to change my overall rating. ...more
Reading about the Dust Bowl in Texas and life in the shantytowns of California was a sobering affair. I grew up on a farm in Iowa. The hardships of persevering on the Martinelli farm were terrifying. Elsa was redeemed by the land, but who will she be wit ...more
This book is the fourth or fifth I have read by this author and it's definitely my favorite. I fell in love with the female lead character right away in this historical fiction novel as you couldn't help but want to root for her.
The story takes place in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl Era. Elsa and her family are experiencing the same hardships as so many other farmers from that time period. Fair warning, this is a bleak and depressing read and it was very similar to the reading experie ...more
The hardship, poverty, starvation, prejudice in this story is difficult to read at times. We follow the hardship of the Martinelli family from Texas once thriving on their family farm, the consecutive years of drought has ...more
Elsa’s family are affluent and a pillar of the community. She marries the son of an Italian immigrant and goes to live and work on his family’s farm.
Several years later they are crippled with drought and dust storms. Every day is a struggle to survive and feed her family.
This is a sad story but highlights the courage of the people and dedication to their families a ...more
The Four winds relate to Texas in the 1930’s during the ‘dust bowl’ era through to the great depression. Where farmers fought to keep their lands alive in the drought and many left for California to make a new life but then had obstacles to overcome when they worked for plantation owners who exploited their workers and they left them half starved and others died of starvation because they did ...more