What the Wind Knows

What the Wind Knows is a tense and tender historical romance. Equal parts fantastical and political, magical and historical, this story is spellbinding!

Synopsis:

In 2001, best-selling author Anne Gallagher is devastated by the death of her most beloved grandfather – the man who raised her. She’s grown up learning the language and stories of her family’s homeland of Ireland, but has never before visited. As she travels to Ireland to scatter his ashes, she finds herself impossibly pulled into the Ireland of the past. It’s a time of political turmoil and civil unrest in 1921.

Anne finds herself in the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, and the company of an oddly familiar orphan boy. Scared, injured, and disoriented, she assumes the identity of the boy’s mother – a woman gone missing to whom Anne bears a striking resemblance.

In this tumultuous atmosphere on the brink of war, Thomas and Anne are drawn into the struggle for Ireland’s independence. Anne must decide if she should abandon her past and stay in the Ireland that’s given her so much love and meaning. But is it really up to her to decide?

I told you. You told me. Only the wind knows which truly comes first.

— Amy Harmon

Review:

My heart feels absolutely torn apart and remade in the shape of Ireland! Amy Harmon, how dare you? How dare you shatter me like this? I was openly crying in my comfy chair in the middle of a bookstore with no tissues nearby!

Also, I’m available any time you’d like to do that again.

What the Wind Knows is a tense and tender historical romance. Equal parts fantastical and political, magical and historical, this story is spellbinding!

There is so much Irish history in this book – political dates and events, folk stories and songs, and every chapter opens with poetry by Yeats. This thick history adds a heartbreaking and intriguing element to an otherwise straightforward time travel love story. I feel more compassion and understanding for the Irish countrymen in their struggle for independence from Britain. There’s also a more humane look at Michael Collins and other Irish revolutionaries – depicting them as regular citizens standing up for a cause and a land they love, faced with some impossible choices.

You can feel the painstaking care Amy Harmon took in weaving her tale – equal parts historical accuracies in a fictional world she built based on her own ancestry. It creates a feeling of deeper significance, like the attention you’d give to your own ancestor’s life story.

The characters are imperfect and vulnerable. They feel real and present. Their love and beliefs and culture pull you into the center of their imploding world.

Also, Amy knows how to describe nuanced feelings and writes a wonderfully descriptive, non-graphic sex scene. All the blushing! 😉

There are some paths that inevitably lead to heartache, some acts that
steal men’s souls, leaving them wandering forever after without them,
trying to find what they lost.

— Amy Harmon

As if the absolute pain of this beautiful story wasn’t enough on the first go-round, I go and do the unthinkable, which is also to listen to it. I highly recommend that! It’s wonderfully narrated – the added accents and inflections give substance and atmosphere to the words.

Anyway, why are you still reading this? Stop reading this and go read Amy’s book!

What the Wind Knows
by Amy Harmon
Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Summary

What the Wind Knows is a tense and tender historical romance. Equal parts fantastical and political, magical and historical, this story is spellbinding! A new favorite and highly recommended!

— Cassie
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