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  • Heartwarming, heart wrenching, powerful

    The Four Winds is a powerful heart wrenching story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and more than that, the strength and tenacity of men , women and children that lived , suffered but never gave up during those times. I can not imagine having the grit and determination to survive. I simply did not want the book to end. I cheered them on, I cried for them and I sometimes laughed with them all. Elsa is my hero as she fights to provide and care for her two children in this horrific time. Her daughter learns from her mom's strength though she does not know it at the time. Please take time to read the author's notes at the end of the book. The Four Winds will stay with me for a very long time and I can't wait to get my hard copy of this book that has to be in the top 10 of 2020.

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  • Emotional Read

    What an emotional read. I always bawl my eyes out reading Kristin Hannah's books and this one is no different. I didn't like the first half of this book. I found it slow and I didn't care much about Elsa. I will say you do have to go through the first half to really understand and appreciate the second half of the book. I think during this time in our lives with the pandemic you can understand and sympathize more with what happened during the Dust Bowl. It was quite sad to see how people treated each other back than when some compassion would go a long way. *I received this free book from NetGalley and am leaving my honest opinion*

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  • Very powerfully written

    None of my relatives are from the areas the Dust Bowl took place in. I have no first hand knowledge of it and have not had the privilege of hearing stories of this tragedy passed down from generation to generation so to gain knowledge of it I read fantastic and very highly researched books such as this one. This book hits where it hurts, the heart. The characters are realistic and believable and you come to know them as though they are friends and they are in your corner. These people could be your people, when they hurt you hurt as you become very invested in the character's lives both good and bad. The Dust Bowl in the 1930's was a tragic time, many men were cowards and killed themselves or ran off to leave their women and children alone to fend for themselves. The banks closed, everything did people didn't have the money to buy anything . Dust covered everything, filling people's lungs ,killing off the livestock and making life an impossible hell! Scraping together money for gas to make it to California they are in for a shock when they meet the land of broken dreams there. Unfair wages for many hours of backbreaking work and having to live in tents where people carry diseases and total discrimination while trying to find and honest job are what they are met with. The book was overall bleak but realistic for it's time period and I can't fault the book for that because I enjoy reading about realism. There are pockets of sunshine and a renewed sense of hope along the way though. I can't recommend this book enough! This is my first book by this author but you better believe it won't be my last! Pub Date 02 Feb 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Very compelling read

    The author is very well written and shows a lot of compassion. Its goes from a sad start in life to a sad end with a few happy events in between. Very compelling, but I didn't enjoy it the way I have with her other books.

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  • Great fictional historical story.

    I have enjoyed several of Kristen Hannah’s books in the past. This was such a good story and so well written, but so sad and tragic. I believe this is one of those stories that needs to be told though. It’s about the awful years in the 30’s in Texas,, Oklahoma and surrounding states. Although this is a fictitious story the historical facts are correct and heartbreaking. A very good read, but sometimes a very hard read. I would recommend it for sure.

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