Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Four Winds.’

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Well, I’m 4 days into National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) and WOW I am already so far behind. But, I’m not giving up yet! It’s less about my lack of time and more about how stressed I’ve been this week… it’s not allowing my brain to get creative. I am hopeful this will subside soon.

But, I am excited to share my latest read: “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah.

I read Hannah’s “The Great Alone” (I think I read it last year) and it was SO good. When I looked her up to write this post, I can see she has so many books published, dating back to the early 2000s, but I think she’s recently been really popular since her “Firefly Lane” series was made into a show (or a movie?) on Netflix.

Although I really enjoyed “The Great Alone,” I kept seeing “The Four Winds” on my library’s website when I would go to look for new books to check out… and I was really hesitant.

The book description starts with, “Texas, 1934.” And I’m like… nope, nope, nope. I have never been into historical fiction — I only recently have been able to tolerate history!

But, I kept seeing it, and I kept seeing people’s reviews saying it was so good… so I got the audiobook and yep, listened to all 15 hours of it!

This book follows a young girl who gets married and has kids pretty young (common for the setting, I think) and she’s living in Texas during the Dust Bowl. I really knew nothing about it until I listened to this book, and even though this is fiction, I’m sure it’s based on some truth.

Regardless, there’s no rain, so the land is dust… which means the animals have no food and they aren’t of much use, it’s during the depression so no one has a solid source of income. And then, the main character’s husband disappears one morning — he headed west and left his family to figure things out.

The majority of this book is about survival, and this mom does everything she can to make sure her kids are okay. Honestly, parts of it were difficult to listen to, but I couldn’t help compare it to what we’ve all been going through in the last year (not the same, I know, but still difficult).

Not to be cheesy, but when it comes down to it, we’re all humans dealing with something — in 1934 or 2021. Right?!

Anyway, I really did enjoy this one (I gave it a 4/5 on GoodReads!) and would recommend it if it sounds interesting… just beware, parts of it are sad.

What are you all reading lately?

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