The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah - A Book Review


Have you ever experienced the sensation that you are reading something very special right from the first chapter of a book? That is the feeling I had with listening to the audiobook of The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, or want to read a book full of emotion, this is a must read.

Plot Summary

The story begins in Texas in 1921. Elsa is a young woman whose been repeatedly told by her family that because of a heart ailment, and her advanced age of 25, that she will likely never marry. The farm community in which she lives is experiencing prosperous times, with farmers accumulating more land as the result of bumper crops. When she meets a young man from one of these farms who expresses his interest, her life changes and she becomes his wife and mother to their daughter Loreda.

The story then advances to 1934 to a time when millions are out of work and a drought devastates the Great Plains. The dust bowl era has taken away the livelihood of many men leaving families struggling to survive. Without giving too much of the story away, Elsa is required to take some meagre savings, a few belongings, and her children to try and find a better life in California. What they find in California is something very different then what they had expected.

Book Review

The story is told from the dual narrative of Elsa and Loreda. The characters are so well developed that I couldn’t help but be fully engaged throughout the book. This pair really represented the strength and resilience of women at a time in history where being female meant being subservient. Elsa’s journey from one lacking confidence and self worth to one of strength and powerful leadership was particularly heartwarming. Indeed, my experience of reading this book was both emotional and memorable. The Four Winds reminds us of the challenges of the generations that came before us which lends perspective into the challenges of today’s pandemic world.

Audiobook Review


I listened to the audiobook format of the book which was narrated by Julia Whelan who gives an exceptional performance. Her clear articulation and cadence provided a realistic quality to voices of Elsa and Loreda. I listened to this audiobook at my usual 1.25x speed which provided a comfortable listening experience. I highly recommend this format to those readers who appreciate audiobooks, and feel it enhances an already incredible book.

What I Liked About The Four Winds:

  • Strong female protagonists
  • Character development
  • The level of research by the author that went into this book
  • An engaging storyline

I Recommend This Book To:

Those readers that love Historical Fiction or General Fiction with strong female protagonists.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Thanks for reading! I hope I've brought you a little closer to your next great read. Have a wonderful day!

34 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read! I love the fact that the book is told from two different characters :) x

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  2. I love historical fiction and stories told in multiple pov so this one--along with your stamp of approval-- sounds like a good fit for me. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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  3. This does sound like a really great story! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I’ve heard so many great things about this book so far! Love this Author as well, I will have to read. Fab review!

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  5. Great review! Thank you for sharing this! I'm glad you really enjoyed this book! It sounds so interesting and I also love the idea that it has strong female protagonists.

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  6. I'm always up for a book with strong female protagonists! Great review, this sounds like a really engaging story.

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  7. I am very intrigued about this story line! I love anything that has a strong female lead but is definitely interesting seeing it in a historical context, gonna add it to my tbr

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    1. Thanks Nicci! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  8. This sounds like a good book! I’m going to read it!

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    1. That’s great Johana! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  9. wonderful review!! I'm adding this to my reading list. :)

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  10. This sounds like such a great book. I love stories that are told from a dual narrative because you can often get a glimpse into both points of view. You've written a great review without giving any spoilers.

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  11. I just finished reading "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, and this book reminds me deeply of a narrative told by two women growing stronger in the face of trying and grueling times. I love this kind of sisterhood books so thank you for sharing a wonderful title and your thoughts!

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  12. I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds amazing! And any book with strong female protagonists is a book that’s going on my reading list!
    Thank you so much for sharing an honest review. I will definitely be making a note of this one!x

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  13. I have been dying to read this book! I love Kristin Hannah!

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    1. Thanks Charity! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  14. I do love a story with a strong female protagonist! Thanks for sharing. This sounds great!

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  15. Wow! This sounds great! I'm glad you connected this with book immediately. Thanks for sharing! x

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  16. I've seen such good things about this one! I've been meaning to pick up her book 'The Nightingale' for the longest time but this one sounds fab too! Good to hear Julia Whelan narrates it, she's one of my absolute fave narrators!

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    1. Thanks Alice! I love Julia Whelan’s narration as well.

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  17. This seems like an interesting book, gonna add this to my reading list. Great review! 😊

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