What I Loved:
The telling of the story with connections back to clues early in the book was amazing. I loved that What the Wind Knows had such a wonderful full-circle feeling. All the pieces came together at the end, and it just left be in awe.
How I felt:
I really enjoyed this book, but I did disengage a bit when the writing focused on the Irish wars. I felt like it pulled me out of the story a bit. Outside of those portions, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written with wonderful characters that I connected to. I loved the mystical element mixed with the real-life making this book part fantasy and part historical fiction.
I tried to explain this book to my husband and didn’t do it very well. I hope to do better for you!
Anne Gallagher’s grandfather raised her on his childhood stories of Ireland in the 1920’s. On his deathbed he makes her promise to go to Ireland to spread his ashes. While there she travels back in time to 1921 and finds herself mistaken for her great-grandmother, previously believed to have died. She has been shot and is found by Dr. Thomas Smith, her grandfather’s guardian.
Anne adopts her great-grandmother’s identity while she tries to adapt to what has happened to her.
I loved the time travel and interwoven lives of her ancestors and her. I wasn’t as interested in the parts about the struggles of the Ireland fights happening during the story. They helped moved the story along, but her life and the events she encounters were so much more intriguing. This was definitely worth reading though!
To Read or Not To Read:
This is definitely a book I would recommend for historical fiction fans. Although I didn’t like the Ireland fighting portions, I know that there are a lot of readers that would like that. If you are a fan of historical fiction and magical elements AND time travel, What the Wind Knows is one you should check out!
Where To Find This Book:
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon is available at these sites.
A woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…
Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.
The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.
As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?
If you haven’t yet read any books by Amy Harmon yet, here are the list of books by her that I have already read and recommend!
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon