Review: The Four Winds

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Kristin Hannah's latest novel, three years in the writing, has released at a time when the USA again faces the greatest adversity in decades. Set largely during the Great Depression in the dust bowl of Texas, we follow Elsa Martinelli and her daughter Loreda, as they struggle in their individual ways, to forge a better life and future. The novel opens in 1921, when Elsa has the great fortune of escaping her family due to a scandalous pregnancy, landing her in the family of her heart, the Martinellis. In spite of their dashed hopes for their son Rafe, the Martinellis find over time that Elsa is one of the best things that has happened to their family. She works hard, loves the land as they do, and manages to fully embrace their way of life, and their family, after never fitting into her own. She and her daughter Loreda struggle as Loreda hits her teenage years, when Rafe, as was all too common during this era, abandons his family. The story of how Elsa and her children, Loreda and Tony, seek a better future is both stirring and heartbreaking. The mother-daughter relationships in this novel are poignant, as is the story of how Elsa finds her strength and voice.

Kristin Hannah has a gift for giving us stories of strong women. This novel is timely, coming deep into a pandemic that has derailed lives and fortunes.

The audiobook is narrated by Julia Whelan, who also narrated Hannah's novel The Great Alone.

I received an advance review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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