The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – Our Review
Kirstin Hannah is an outstandingly versatile writer- The Nightingale centres around women fighting their own war at home in France during the German occupation, while the modern-day read, The Great Alone follows a mother and daughter into the Alaskan wilderness.
Delving back in time to the Great Depression era, in The Four Winds Elsa Martinell is the least glamorous daughter, doomed at 25 to be her parents keeper…never to marry or have children.
A pivotal moment leads to a great turning point in her life, as she breaks free of the cloying confines of her judgemental family. Breaking free she initially carves out a wonderful new life for herself and her daughters, but her farm and the land turns on them and everything dies.
The Four Winds is a fascinating insight into how tough life was for women, as Elsa moves overland from Texas to California. She is a survivor, picking cotton, fruit, anything to feed her family. Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a great novel of a woman rising and changing the world in her own small way. I loved it.
Review by Sue @ Great Escape Books