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The Four Winds

By: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

The Four Winds, an instant New York Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club Pick, is a deeply moving story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the bestselling author of The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah.

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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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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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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Gruelling

I really enjoy Kristen Hannah's books but this one felt brutally relentless. These poor characters (as always, based on real events) go through so many awful experiences I considered not finishing. Persevered but felt exhausted by it. That's the power of her writing so make sure you've got the emotional stamina for it.

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Wow!

This book was so evocative, I felt like I was there, starving alongside the characters. I felt the despair and the hope, the sadness and the joy as if I was in the room with them. It had me smiling and crying and sobbing and all the feelings in between. I loved it (and hated it for breaking my heart).
Well worth listening to when you have enough emotional resilience to hear this harrowing story.

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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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Beautiful

From Australia I had no knowledge of the dustbowl. What a story!
I truly loved it. Depression years books always appeal to me, but this was something else again.
Great characters and fabulous narration. How beautiful were Tony and Rose! Truthful and full of courage.Let the wheat stay golden. ❤️

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hated it - just sooo boring

boring boring boring. she's unlikable and nothing really happens.... gave up in the end. id like my 10 hours back tbh

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The Great American Depression Revisited

Great character depiction, well researched historically and great plot! There is a dark thread of hopelessness and helplessness in the main character of the story. Yet, she eventually decides to try to break out of the prison of her family's expectations.

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inclusive

so involved in the story I started to think I was involved. those empty shops should have housed people

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