𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔽𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕎𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤
The Four Winds is Elsa’s story of life, hardship, and hope. She starts her life in Texas. First, as a child who is unloved by her family, then moving in with her husband’s parents. Her husband runs off into the night leaving her to care for their two children. After her son recovers from a serious illness, she takes her children to California for a better life. They have to leave Texas and the horrendous dust storms for her son’s health.
When they arrive, they find life is no better. Elsa and her children struggle to survive. ‘Their kind’ are not wanted there and are looked down on. One tragedy after another takes place, but Elsa pushes forward through it all. Does she ever find a good life for herself and her children?
The Four Winds is a phenomenal story! I could feel Elsa’s emotions as I listened to her story. Although fiction, I knew many people suffered the same way Elsa and her family did. She just couldn’t catch a break. It is such a sad story.
Elsa is the best person. She always thinks of others and puts herself last. She works hard and doesn’t complain. She is kind too. Sadly, she lacks confidence because she feels homely and unwanted. She is actually an exceptional woman.
The horror that is the dust bowl is told in The Four Winds. I’ve heard of dust storms but didn’t know their extent and time frame. It was horrendous for all of the families living in the affected areas. Kristin Hannah brings the dust storms to life. I almost wanted to hold my breath each time the dust storms hit. It amazes me that people can adapt to so much, including the terrible camps in California that Elsa and her children ended up in.
This book contains so much sadness in a story that brings the Great Depression to life. It shows the determination of the human race. This is an exceptional book. I’d say it is one of my all-time favorites.
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