Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Krsitin Hannah

Synopsis and Details:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

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. 

Genres: Historical Fiction  |  Release Date: February 02, 2021  |  Publisher: St. Martin’s Press  |  Length:  464 pages  |  ISBN: 978-1250178602  |  ASIN: B087ZXSPGJ  |  Format: Audiobook  |  Source: Purchased

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As you may have been previously aware of, I had been on a science fiction reading kick while listening to audiobooks during my daily walk/run. This is something I do to reward myself after an actual HIIT workout or something just as strenuous. More on that here. This time around, I decided to go crazy and chose to listen to a historical fiction audiobook from an Author that has been highly recommended to me. The book I am referring to is also one that I had done a spotlight on, none other than The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. 


The Four Winds is a heartbreaking tale of the life and choices of Elsa Martinelli that picked up prior to the Great Depression and the manmade environmental disaster known as the Dust Bowl. If there was ever a character who I felt received the short end of just about everything, it was Elsa. Even in her younger years when I wanted to shout at her that she was making terrible choices, I still felt such empathy for her and her plight. She was an incredible character who grew so much throughout this story!

How the Author wrote The Four Winds was so descriptive and utterly moving. What fabulous storytelling! It was not, by any means whatsoever, a happy story. It was a story that shared real life events with focus on a fictional character whose life was torn apart by circumstance and stitched back together by sheer grit. The look into what people suffered, even with this being a fictional story, was almost too hard to bear at times. 

I cannot say enough good things about The Four Winds. It was both educational and captivating. It gave voice to what some Americans suffered during a discouraging and hopeless period of American history. It was a moving piece of fiction, not just about those affected, but also about Elsa, her family, and the ups and downs they suffered at no fault of their own. If you love historical fiction based on real life events, I cannot recommend The Four Winds enough to you.

Now, for the question I am sure you are wondering to yourself, was this story an exercise worthy story? Yes! There were many chapters where I found myself moving extra fast because I became really riled up. There was also the fact that time passed very quickly for me while listening to this book. Did it increase my motivation to exercise? This is a tricky question to answer because there were times where I stayed out longer than I had planned because I was so drawn into the story. There were also times where I wanted to cut it short because the chapter was so heart wrenching and it was taking everything I had not to cry my heart out while moving down the street. Last thing I needed was concerned citizens trying to figure out if I was hurt and all that. Although, by the final chapters, I couldn’t hold back and I am sure there were some questions raised because I definitely lost my composure.  Was it a great story? There is just no doubt about that! Now that I have finished this book, I am hopefully off to find my next exercise worthy story. Stayed tuned for more on that subject.



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