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A friend of mine on Instagram bought this book from ThriftBooks and sang praises of author Kristin Hannah’s writing, warning me to keep a box of tissues.
Thinking myself to be strong enough, I went ahead and downloaded this book. Oh my!! I needed those tissues. The story pulled my heartstrings from the moment I started the book.
Elsa had a tough childhood. She married, found a family, had two children, and the 1930s stock market crash occurred. Along with the economic breakdown, winds destroyed the crops along with the drought that made lands barren. And Elsa had to choose if she wanted to fight it out or move.
It was on this backdrop that the author decided to test the strength of Elsa’s character. The writing, depicting her survival during these times, was mind blowing. I couldn’t believe how tough she was. She was a fighter, and I was in complete awe of her, even when tears glistened in my eyes.
I was so drawn to this woman for whom life didn’t come with a bowl of peaches. In fact, all she had was a land where crops were dying, and it was purely survival from day to day.
Elsa was brilliant. She was tough and vulnerable. Every time she got up, she was knocked down. The author really put her through her paces.
This was not an easy read. My heart broke for her and the trials she had to go through. And you wouldn’t believe all that was written. The author really threw the book of calamities at her.
The book was pure strength. I couldn’t believe people like her existed who came out of such times beating the circumstances. Characters were well developed so also the relationships between them.
This was a big book and took me the whole day (of crying and swallowing the lump in my throat) to get through it. Note to me: Buy only happy books from Kobo from now on.
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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 as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.
In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must 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 whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.
Publication Date: April 2021
I downloaded the book from an online retail site, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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