The Four Winds Review
Title: The Four Winds Review
Author: Kristin Hannah
Style: Historical Fiction
“It wasn’t the fear that mattered in life. It was the choices made when you were afraid. You were brave because of your fear, not in spite of it.”
Things in Texas in 1934 were tough with a drought that lasted years, dust storms that wreaked havoc on crops and millions were out of work. Elsa Martinelli, like many others, needed to make a choice to either stay in the only place she ever called home or head west in hopes of better opportunities for her family. A grueling and heartbreaking story about survival, hope, determination and courage.
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and it did not disappoint. As always, with any novel by Kristin Hannah, this novel was character driven. The characters were relatable and realistic. The story was heartbreaking and beautiful. It had me feeling a little nostalgic for my grandmother who told me stories of her time during the Great Depression. I didn't know much about The Dust Bowl or what happened out West with the thousands that flocked there so I enjoyed learning more about that. I highly recommend this read!