An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.
In an unforgettable love story, 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?
(Summary via http://www.goodreads.com)
You know those magical books (that come along rarely) which contain every single aspect of literature you love most?
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon did that for me. I’m talking: history, romance, culture, folklore, “old-world” vibes, classic poetry (Yeats is a fundamental theme), familial arcs, time-travel… I could go for days and days on all the intricacies it possessed I adored.
First off, this is my (3rd) book by Harmon and I’ve enjoyed all three of them for VERY DIFFERENT REASONS – of the lot, however, What the Wind Knows is now at the top. Harmon writes with a perfect blend of prose and facts, raw emotion and logic, lush setting and brutal character traits, etc. She has a way of helping you “breathe” while you read, if that makes any sense – when you feel almost at the tipping point, she soothes you back into serenity.
- The characters were amazing, in my opinion, with their (essentially) human flaws and their learned talents. The MCs were easy to love – in a way which had me rooting for them to realllllly fall in love.
- The secondary characters weren’t just filler – they created an “extra” level of richness. I found myself drawn to several of them **cough Maeve cough** at times even more so than the MCs.
- The setting was tense and conflicted and BEAUTIFUL.
- Not knowing a lot about the particular time period Harmon writes in, I thought she did a phenomenal job of teaching the reader why certain emotions were expected and why certain events were important.
–> Favorite Part = The male MC (Thomas) pens a diary entry describing his particular brand of love for Anne. Normally, I would share the exact quote but, in the hopes some of you will read this, I want you to discover it on your own. It was romantic AND masculine, which I think is so hard to balance, but Harmon did it perfectly.
There was only ONE thing I struggled with and it was minor (and toward the end). So, I think I’ll call that a win.
Overall, on the Spine Study scale, this book was the quiet hush of a library and the gentle waves of a lake shore. The kind of moment when your shoulders settle and your brain whispers: Okay, you can simply feel now. I’ll take a break.
Have you read What the Wind Knows?