Okay confession time on my blog. February was for discovery new to me authors and catching up a ton on my TBR (there were a ton of books on it, it was getting out control, but about my TBR in another post).
And in February I discovered, stumbled more like it on - Kristin Hanna and her latest magnificent novel The Four Winds.
The book is set during the Great Depression in the Great Plains. Texas in 1921 wasn’t an easy place especially for a woman without a husband. Elsa Wolcott was deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.
By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.
Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I swear I can taste the dust.
The Four Winds is engaging and most often then not it tugs on your heart strings. It takes on your journey through struggles, hope and endurance.
If you end up reading only one book this month I suggest you give the latest from Hanna a try. I know you won’t be left disappointed.