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The Four Winds
The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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The Four Winds, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, is an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras--the Great Depression. "If I close my eyes, I can still taste the dust..." Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods. The crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinellilike so many of her neighborsmust make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman who will discover the best in herself in the worst of times.
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Cinfhen
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This was PURE #MiseryPorn 🥺Just relentless nonstop trauma after trauma. I did learn a lot about early US Western history. Julia Whelan, while a stellar reader, has a very distinct tone and sadly all her books/characters sound exactly the same. So while she‘s Elsa in this book, I was still hearing the voices of Poppy & Alex from People We Meet on Vacation. The author‘s note was interesting, comparing Dust Bowl to Covid & idea of resilience.

TrishB I gave up on Hannah books a while ago. Realised they weren‘t for me. now
Cinfhen Agreed @TrishB this was my last one - it was soooo emotionally manipulative #OverIt now
TrishB I just read your other thread! Lol 😆 now
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Crystal83
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I love this book!!! It was great!!! It had all of my emotions going!! The story and characters were great!!!

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KadeLexical
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Elsa looked at her friend. “Do you ever get tired of being strong?”
“Oh, honey, of course.”

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SheilaChew
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The Four Winds is an epic story of one woman‘s life during the Dust Bowl in Texas and heading west to California to search for a better life. Heartbreaking and unforgettable.

2022 off to a good start - reading wise. I have time to read because I am home sick. So that‘s no fun.

Bookzombie Hope you are feeling better. 2w
SheilaChew @Bookzombie Thank you - today I am! 1w
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Sresendez12
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Just received my January challenge from my watch so here are my goals:
*Walk 129.4 miles (about 4.1 miles per day)
*Read 1 physical book (tagged) and start tackling my first chunkster for the year
*Listen to 3 audiobooks
#bfc2022

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Nikki_E
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August 2021

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rather_be_reading
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Fav New Releases from Fav Authors of 2021

Jensol77 The Four Winds was beautiful 2w
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DanaR
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I really enjoyed this book. Some Amazon reviews decided to focus on the small amount of Communist ideology in the story. Yes, there is involvement with the Community 'party', but that was also the history of the time. The book hardly 'sells' it, the focus is more on workers' rights / revealing humanity. The story itself was moving, tragic, hopeful. I definitely recommend it!

MaureenMc Ugh, I had to stop reading Amazon reviews. Glad you enjoyed the book! 4w
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DanaR
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Borrowed this from the library. Amazon had a lot of great reviews, but it‘s being described as a romance version of Grapes of Wrath (one of my fav books), so I‘m sold! Once I‘m finished with it, I‘ll comment on the reviews that it‘s pushing “political” views (communism?).

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Wonderwoman89
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What a great book this was. I put off reading this book due to all the negative reviews on Amazon. Readers have said it was awful writing and nothing but a political book. However, I read it with an open mind and fell in love with the story of Elsa and the hardship she went through with her children during the Great Depression and Dust Storms. Elsa proved that a mother‘s love will win against any fight. I most definitely recommend this book.

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Minibooktalks16
The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah

Book 22 for 2021

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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The story is heartbreaking with strong woman character. The delicate strands of mother-daughter relationship is beautifully portrayed. This story tells us the lessons we have to learn from the history about the environmental crisis, hard times, when to stand up, when to escape and to hold on. It‘s all about the dreams, love friendship, family, heart aches struggle and hope. One of my fav reads of 2021 4.5🌟
#wintergames2021 14hrs #bookspinbingo

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TheBookStacker
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I just started this and I can already tell I‘m going to love it and give my copy to my mom and then recommend it to every person who will listen to me.

AmyG It‘s really a good read. 1mo
kplovesbooks Haha! Such a good book! You'll need tissues before you're through though! 1mo
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rather_be_reading
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Only 4.99 right now!

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rather_be_reading
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My fav time of year!

rjsthumbelina My only problem was I have 2 accounts (both BFFs), and there was only 1 of these that I didn't already own! 2mo
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MoBee
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While I adored The Nightingale and The Great Alone, this one felt me feeling let down a bit.. Loose ends that could have been wrapped up, I didn't fall in love with the characters like I usually do in her books. The teenager daughter was annoying, words and phrases became too repetitive for me to enjoy. I enjoyed it till they set out for California. I rated it a 4 on goodreads but was very tempted to only give it a 3

Eggs Well said and I agree. Kind of trope-y in 2nd half 2mo
MoBee @Eggs , I just wanted them to go back to the farm, and I wanted to know where her husband went. Second half of the book was all downhill I thought. 2mo
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Yahui07
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This book made me shed some tears. Based on the three books written by Kristin Hannah I have read, I have to say that she knows how to write the complicate connections between mothers and daughters. However, this is not my favorite of her books I have read. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Ladygodiva7
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Book 43 of 2021.

Oh so good!!!

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kplovesbooks
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No surprise at all here!! I fully expected this one to be in the Goodreads Choice Awards lineup!

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oishanee
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What beautiful imagery; you cannot help getting irritated with Elsa's unwavering optimism even as you root for her every step of the way.

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Lcsmcat
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Kristin Hannah has a talent for inducing tears, and this is no exception. Have tissues handy. And I learned a lot about the dust bowl and California labor movement. You‘ll fall in love with the characters. And for more about the labor movement, read The Last Ballad, which is based on a true story.

kplovesbooks I thought for a second I was reading my own review because I started it much the same, saying she has a talent for making me cry! 😂😂🤦 ...such a heartbreaking story! 2mo
Lcsmcat @kplovesbooks 😂😂 2mo
AmyG I go so sucked into this one. And yes, tears and tissues. 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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Amélie doesn‘t understand that when I borrow a book I need to read it rather than play with her.

kspenmoll She reminds me of my Poe when he was little. 😻 2mo
Leftcoastzen She‘s so cute!😻 2mo
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AmyG
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Wonderful book. The story of a woman who travels with her two children, during the dust bowl, to seek a better life in California.

#Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Jensol77 This book is so beautiful. Elsa was such a powerful character. When she met Jack, I was so hopeful that things would get better for her. Worth reading!!! 2mo
AmyG @Jensol77 Agree. I flew through this book. I was on a plane trying not to cry at the end. 2mo
Jensol77 @AmyG that ending 😭😭😭 2mo
Suet624 Oooh, I keep meaning to grab this at the library. Thanks for the reminder. 2mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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New read📚

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AmyG
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Trying to read this while the lady next to me sing talks to herself in opera???? I‘d move but the airport is packed. Lord help me. 😳

On the other hand-I am really enjoying my #Bookspin book.

tpixie Lol 😂 2mo
tpixie Where you heading? I‘m off to New Orleans- I‘m vaccinated, but feel the risk… 2mo
Reggie Lololol I‘m so sorry AmyG. 2mo
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marleed Oh no! 2mo
Jensol77 Kristin Hannah doesn‘t disappoint. This book is AMAZING. A beautiful novel about an ugly time. 2mo
CBee I am thinking of all sorts of things you could do to counter this opera singing debacle 😂😂 2mo
Ruthiella Oh no! This is what I hate about public spaces! 😜 2mo
AmyG @tpixie I am in Michigan. I am vaced, too, and I just always wear a mask when out. Enjoy your trip! 2mo
AmyG @CBee I was tempted to sing “please be quiet” to the tune of Pagliacci. 😂 @Jensol77 I am really enjoying this book. I‘m flying through it. 2mo
tpixie @AmyG you have a great time also! 2mo
CBee @AmyG oh, how I wish you had!! 😂😂😂 2mo
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kplovesbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I will never think of the Great Depression in the same way again. Also, Kristin Hannah has a serious talent at making me cry.

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kplovesbooks
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Omg. THIS. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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kplovesbooks
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Of course I'm back with more. Because...this. 😭💔♥️

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kplovesbooks
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I know I'm over sharing on this one, but... Some books just have so many quotes that hit you in the feels!!

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kplovesbooks
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At 72% now. 🙂

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staci.reads
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This was a good book and there were parts I loved, but it didn't measure up to the other two books I've read by the author. I loved The Nightingale and The Great Alone, so I had big expectations for this one. It just didn't seem as well written. Much of the dialogue felt inauthentic, and there was too much tell and not enough show. I felt the author didn't trust me to draw conclusions. This was my #Doublespin for October. @TheAromaofBooks

Crazeedi I agree it wasn't as good as her other ones, but still worth reading 3mo
Soubhiville For bookspin you‘ll want @TheAromaofBooks tagged 😊📚. Also I‘m interested in this one too. 3mo
staci.reads @Soubhiville oops...wrong challenge 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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kplovesbooks
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I'm at 42% ...what a heartbreaking story!

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kplovesbooks
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kplovesbooks
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Starting this one tomorrow. I've heard such good things!! 😊

iamvleigh One of my top books of the year! You‘ll love it! 💜 3mo
Crazeedi Very good book! 3mo
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sleepy.ash87
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This was an extraordinary read with an incredible, powerful ending. Now I know what everyone has been raving about! Kristin Hannah is officially on my favorite list 🌞

corireadslife Kristin Hannah is so talented! Just started this one last week! 4mo
sleepy.ash87 That is great! I hope you enjoy. I finished it a few days ago... Then, I jumped into The Giver of Stars.. 4mo
sleepy.ash87 (cont.) The Giver of Stars was a great book too but it's so hard to find an equal read after Hannah! 4mo
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kplovesbooks My eye's been on this one since it came out!! I should be starting it next month. 🤞 4mo
sleepy.ash87 @kplovesbooks Have you started it yet?? 3mo
sleepy.ash87 @corireadslife Have you finished? The ending!!!! 3mo
corireadslife @sleepy.ash87 I have and ughhh!! I hate it but also love it lol You are right, so hard to find an equal read to Hannah. What did you think? 3mo
sleepy.ash87 @corireadslife Just the same! 😭😍 It was really the best way that Hannah could have ended it, though. It brought so much meaning and power to her character and the overarching message. It was, perhaps, the best ending of all her novels! 3mo
kplovesbooks @sleepy.ash87 I have!! I'm a third into it and it's so good!! 3mo
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Roxanareads
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Elsa Martinelli's story was heart breaking. I found myself in tears reading this book. The book highlights the best and worst of the human spirit in times of adversity, specifically highlighting the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The audiobook was phenomenal.

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Roxanareads
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Current audio - heartbreaking

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SaraBeth_RN
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Book #21 of 2021! I really loved this story. The characters were rich and well developed. The history of the dust bowl and migrant workers in California was absolutely fascinating. The relationship between mother and daughter was very relatable as I‘m raising a teenage daughter. The only thing I didn‘t love was the ending.

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Ms.Story
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My first read by Kristen Hannah — sad story with interesting characters

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BClark
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The book takes place during The Depression. Elsa's start in life was hard and it never got any easier. Her family struggles every step of the way. Some may be put off by the underlying political message. I urge you to look deeper. Keep reading. It is not a feel good book but it is a book that will make you feel. In my opinion thats good literature, you are invested. It is worth the read and makes me thankful for my blessings.

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KristiAhlers
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There were times this book annoyed me. There were times I wanted to slap Elsa and her daughter Loreda. And there were times this book made me smile and cry. So what I‘ll say here is it engaged my emotions and leave it at that. Kristin Hannah has a way with words I‘ll give her that.

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MeJeMiller
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Too nice out to not hammock and read.

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RenePenn
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Loving this heartbreaking tale so far.

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ncsufoxes
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@Kdgordon88 thank you for the lovely swap! I actually opened this a few days ago but life has been so busy with my kids starting back to school I hadn‘t had time to post it. I love everything, looking forward to reading this new book (although I‘ve been short on time lately). Thank you again for a great swap. #merryunbirthdayswap @aperfectmjk thank you for hosting! Always such fun to do swaps 😊

Kdgordon88 I'm so glad you like it. ☺ 5mo
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perfectlywinged
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While her endings are always a little sappy for me personally I can never put her historical books down. Rich in detail and plot.

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BekaReid
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When you read a book in one sitting, it's definitely a pick! Kristin Hannah does it again with this heartaching and beautifully written story.

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peaches424
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Heartbreaking historical fiction. I loved it.

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alliworm88
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Just about to start this book on my Kindle. Checked it out from Libby last night and going to start reading it in a few minutes. Anyone read it? Any thoughts? No spoilers please.