Title: What the Wind Knows
Author: Amy Harmon
First published March 1, 2019
411 pages, Kindle Edition
What if the stories your loved ones told you were more than just tales? What if they could transport you to a different era altogether?
That’s exactly what happens to Anne Gallagher when she travels to Ireland to carry out her grandfather’s final wish. As she sets out to scatter his ashes in the land he called home, she finds herself transported back in time to 1921 – a time of war and struggle for Irish independence.
In this new world, Anne is mistaken for a mother who vanished without a trace, and as she tries to unravel the mystery of her own identity, she finds herself drawn to Dr. Thomas Smith, who becomes her protector and guide. As Anne struggles to make sense of her new reality, she must decide whether the love she has found is worth giving up the life she knew before.
But in a world where time and destiny are never quite what they seem, will Anne find the strength to make the right choice? Amy Harmon’s What the Wind Knows is a sweeping, emotional tale of love, loss, and the power of history to shape our lives.
Amy Harmon’s latest novel, What the Wind Knows, is a gripping and emotional read that combines elements of historical fiction and romance. First published on March 1, 2019, this book takes readers on a journey through time and explores themes such as love, loss, family, and identity.
The book tells the story of Anne Gallagher, a young woman who travels to Ireland to spread her grandfather’s ashes. However, upon arriving, she finds herself transported back in time to 1921 and becomes caught up in the political unrest of the era.
Anne’s time-traveling adventure soon turns into a love story, as she meets and falls in love with Thomas Smith, an Irish rebel. As she struggles to navigate her new reality and her feelings for Thomas, Anne discovers more about her family’s history and her own identity.
Harmon’s writing style is beautiful and lyrical, immersing readers in the setting and characters. The historical details are well-researched and add a layer of authenticity to the story.
The characters are complex and well-developed, with their struggles and motivations feeling true to life. Anne, in particular, is a compelling protagonist who is easy to root for throughout the novel.
What the Wind Knows is not without flaws, however. At times, the pacing can feel slow, and some of the plot twists are predictable.
Additionally, while the novel captures the spirit of the time period well, it does little to challenge or subvert historical stereotypes. Despite these criticisms, What the Wind Knows is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and romance.
Harmon’s storytelling is powerful and moving, and the novel’s themes are universal and relatable. The book’s blend of history and fantasy creates a compelling backdrop for the characters’ struggles, leading to an unputdownable tale.
Washington Post gives the book a rating of 4.5 out of 5, citing its compelling characters, beautiful writing, and emotional depth. While the book may not be for everyone, those who enjoy richly-detailed historical fiction that is full of heart will find much to love in What the Wind Knows.
Whether you’re looking to be transported to another time and place or simply enjoy a good love story, this book is well worth your time.