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The Four Winds is a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million copy number one best-selling author of The Nightingale.

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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Excellent in all aspects

Both the author and narrator did not fail to deliver a much awaited story. As for the plot.. all I could say is that never will I complain about quarantines, wearing masks or lockdowns ever again 😅

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Another winner for Kristin

This story is an amazing journey for the main characters personally and physically. The scene setting is brilliant I feel as though I’ve lived through drought dust storms long treks and encampments by fetid streams. A great story will miss these characters in my life.

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Gripped from start to finish....

An excellent book, graphically depicting the appalling consequences of the drought and depression of America in the 30s. I feel I have lived through it with them. The narration was also among the best I've heard.

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The Pandemic of today does not look so bad...

I stayed up all night finishing the last half of this book. As usual Kristin's characters and storytelling are beautiful. The story made me realize what we are going through today with the pandemic is nothing compared to what happened during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl times. The incites into capitalism in America and the attitudes to social injustice are very relevant to what is happening today. Julia does such an excellent job of narrating the book too... I just could not put this book down or stop listening to it I should say!

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amazing

I absolutely loved this book! An amazing story of love that holds lives together through rejection, environmental challenges, poverty, and the strength we can have if we believe in something.

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Women s work is never done

I really enjoyed this book
Sad but true a real story of a woman’s heart

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Incredible

As a massive fan of this author I can only thank her for this wonderful, thought provoking, searing story

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My Heart is Breaking

First of all, I listened to this on Audible. Secondly, apart from what little knowledge I had gleaned from literature (Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men) about the Dustbowl and Depression Era of the history of America and from watching certain films and shows like The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie, to get a feel of what life was like in those times, I was made aware, Big Time, what life was truly like back in those desolate days. OMG! This book grabbed me from the get go and turned me inside out. I was in such turmoil, grief, sadness, anger, rage, burning hatred and back to intense grief again. How can a work of fiction cause such heartache? Do I wish I'd never read this book? Absolutely not! I would've deprived myself of such a powerful story, a period of American history so painfully and brutally portrayed. But behind all the vast desolation and sadness there is the ultimate story of love. An intense, fierce, protective love of a mother for her children. Beautifully narrated by Julia Whelan. This whole story played like a film in my mind. I could see and experience it all so vividly. I don't know when my heart will mend again.

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Absolutely incredible!

The narrator was amazing! I felt completely immersed and swept away. One of the best I’ve listened to in a long time.

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A long journey

I feel as if I have been through this long and difficult journey. I am left empty, but hopeful.
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The ending made me cry. I wanted her to live happily ever after. I liked all the characters.
I have looked up the history of this time, and it was so hard for these land loving,hard working people.
I thank you for enlightening me, with this well written story. Hard going, but I had to listen.

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  • 21-02-21

Brilliant story and narration

I loved this book from start to finish. It did make me feel guilty about my lovely life though. Women today are so lucky that women like Elsa came before us.

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  • Sandie
  • 06-02-21

Beautiful story

A really beautiful story in a time in America that I know very little about. A real eye opener. Such strong people just striving to make a living and earn a decent wage. Many emotions throughout the story. Well done to Kristin Hannah for her approach and characters she used. Incredible narration by Julia Whelan. I loved the book.

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  • Diana
  • 04-02-21

Amazing Read

I LOVED THIS BOOK...Í know its early in the year but I really feel this may be a Book of the Year nominee. It actually brought tears to my eyes, which honestly is very rare, and was a roller coaster ride. It an amazing mother/daughter story as well as a great story about a woman finding her own self & strength. A must read this year!