I’ve been trying not to burn up Audible credits. All books aren’t available through my online libraries or the wait is incredibly long so after seeing I was still on the list as #124 on 19 copies for my chance to read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. I decided the heck with it. I was burning up a credit and treating myself to this book.
I’m a long-time Kristin Hannah fan. I’ve read so many of her books and I love them all. I put myself on the waitlist immediately when I knew the book was coming out…but I was #210 on six copies. Apparently, the library got more copies in but I wasn’t feeling patient. I wanted something really good to listen to while I worked on my deadline quilt. I figured if I had a really good book, I’d be more apt to sit and sew.
I loved the book. I was nervous about it after Mary at Country Threads said it was hard to read as there was so much sadness. I’ll warn you, there is a lot of sadness. Once I saw the story was about the dust bowl I knew there would be.
Reading dust bowl stories, I believe, is super hard for people with a connection to farming and land. In the story, the family speaks so much about a connection to the land. I totally understand that connection. It was hard for our family to sell the farm after my Dad died. He had a connection to the land. We had the connection to the land…my Grandpa had a connection to the land.
I’ll admit to crying a few times while reading this novel so many blows this family endured…it was impossible for me not to get teary-eyed.
I listened to this in audiobook form. I actually very much recommend it in audio form. There is a wonderful interview with the author at the end. I think I learned even more from the interview.
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
“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.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I’d definitely agree. It was excellent.
You can find the book on Amazon HERE.