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Publisher's Summary

The Four Winds is a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million copy number one best-selling author of The Nightingale.

She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times....

Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she’d yearned for. A family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she and her community hold dear, Elsa’s world is shattered to the winds.

Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most agonizing decision of her life. Fight for the land she loves or take her beloved children, Loreda and Ant, west to California in search of a better life. Will it be the land of milk and honey? Or will their experience challenge every ounce of strength they possess?

From the overriding love of a mother for her child, the value of female friendship and the ability to love again - against all odds, Elsa’s incredible journey is a story of survival, hope and what we do for the ones we love.

©2021 Kristin Hannah (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Powerful and compelling." (Delia Owens, number one international best-selling author of Where the Crawdads Sing)

"A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival." (Kate Morton)

"A masterclass." (Karen Swan)

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Wonderful story

I can across this book as Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators. This book was wonderful, moving me to tears more than once.

Would highly recommend.

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Spell bound

Compelling and so extremely relevant.
A poignant reminder for us all
to check our privilege but also to wonder, just how far have we come in the last 100 years or thereabouts!?!!!

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What a way to trial audible!!

I loved this heartbreaking story I was so invested in it that I finished it in a few days.

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Captivating

I loved this book so much. I kept finding excuses to get away and listen to it! A wonderful story of love, loss, struggle and survival.

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Amazing story.

Captulating story, I didnt want it to end as Kristen delivered the story with zest.

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Hard to get through

I loved the narration....was brilliant, and was quite well written but was quite depressing. Found myself aching for something hopeful to emerge. Glad I finished it though.

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Incredible story

Elsa's journey hooked me from beginning to end. It was such an incredibly powerful illustration of such a devastating time in history and the resilience of the human spirit. I loved every minute.

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Evidence of America's history of prejudice

Having heard many positive things about this book, I struggled to get through it. Story was slow and depressing, well written but not a shred of engagement with the characters. Biggest take away was demonstrating how in times of need, historically, as in now, american prejudice is real and damaging

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Beautiful, haunting, heart-breaking

Beautiful, haunting, heart-breaking. This is my third Kristin Hannah novel (I started with The Nightingale and then read The Great Alone) and it didn't disappoint. Kristin's Hannah's ability to centre women's stories in history is commendable and she writes complex and difficult relationships with compassion and warmth. I know nothing about the era the book was set but I felt the heat, the wind, the dust and the cold. The narrator - Julia Whelan - is exceptional.

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unforgetable

The story and the characters will stay with me forever. Story telling at its best. And the narration was amazing. Will make a great TV series.

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  • 29-03-2021

it's great

a story of love, heartbreak, survival, true beauty, courage and hope. it's exhausting but worth it.

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  • Marelise
  • 18-03-2021

Beautiful but depressing

Good heavens the first half of this book is depressing beyond all reason. The main characters just can't seem to catch a break. However it developes well and the history is very fascinating.

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  • Dawn Rodgers
  • 21-02-2021

Brilliant story and narration

I loved this book from start to finish. It did make me feel guilty about my lovely life though. Women today are so lucky that women like Elsa came before us.

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  • Sandie
  • 06-02-2021

Beautiful story

A really beautiful story in a time in America that I know very little about. A real eye opener. Such strong people just striving to make a living and earn a decent wage. Many emotions throughout the story. Well done to Kristin Hannah for her approach and characters she used. Incredible narration by Julia Whelan. I loved the book.

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  • Diana
  • 04-02-2021

Amazing Read

I LOVED THIS BOOK...Í know its early in the year but I really feel this may be a Book of the Year nominee. It actually brought tears to my eyes, which honestly is very rare, and was a roller coaster ride. It an amazing mother/daughter story as well as a great story about a woman finding her own self & strength. A must read this year!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-2021

Excellent in all aspects

Both the author and narrator did not fail to deliver a much awaited story. As for the plot.. all I could say is that never will I complain about quarantines, wearing masks or lockdowns ever again 😅

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  • queenbeebuzz
  • 12-02-2021

Another winner for Kristin

This story is an amazing journey for the main characters personally and physically. The scene setting is brilliant I feel as though I’ve lived through drought dust storms long treks and encampments by fetid streams. A great story will miss these characters in my life.

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  • gill
  • 08-02-2021

Gripped from start to finish....

An excellent book, graphically depicting the appalling consequences of the drought and depression of America in the 30s. I feel I have lived through it with them. The narration was also among the best I've heard.

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  • Kim
  • 07-02-2021

The Pandemic of today does not look so bad...

I stayed up all night finishing the last half of this book. As usual Kristin's characters and storytelling are beautiful. The story made me realize what we are going through today with the pandemic is nothing compared to what happened during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl times. The incites into capitalism in America and the attitudes to social injustice are very relevant to what is happening today. Julia does such an excellent job of narrating the book too... I just could not put this book down or stop listening to it I should say!

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  • Lyndsey
  • 24-02-2021

amazing

I absolutely loved this book! An amazing story of love that holds lives together through rejection, environmental challenges, poverty, and the strength we can have if we believe in something.

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  • nora
  • 23-02-2021

Women s work is never done

I really enjoyed this book
Sad but true a real story of a woman’s heart

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  • Reademandweep
  • 03-02-2021

Incredible

As a massive fan of this author I can only thank her for this wonderful, thought provoking, searing story

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  • Miss C A Burke
  • 14-04-2021

Wow

What an incredible book. Regretted not reading it myself, but even the narration was really really good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-2021

The Four Winds

If you want cheering up, don’t read this. If you thought COVID was bad just thank goodness you weren’t around during the 1930s

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  • G
  • 12-04-2021

A story which makes you think

As usual Kristin Hannah has written a wonderful story. She describes the heartache and struggle to survive so well. I couldn’t stop listening to it and learnt a lot about America at that time and the dust bowl which sounds horrific.

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