Book review – The Four Winds

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During my school days, I was not keen on history. As an adult, I have become increasingly interested in learning about our past – both recent and further back. I have found value in historical fiction as a way to learn some history whilst reading for enjoyment. Of course, fictional accounts are still just that but many of these novels are based in fact, and also lead to further research on the topics and events involved. Some of my favourite “history teachers’ are Bryce Courtenay, Judy Nunn and Philippa Gregory.

With The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah has created an accurate depiction of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and migrant workers in California with realistic characters living this experience. This book is about motherhood, love, and courage set against a backdrop of poverty and exploitation. I couldn’t put it down and would love to read it again in the future. 


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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?

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