I read this newest one by Amy Harmon, What the Wind Knows, last month, and have been dying to blog about it for any who haven’t read about it yet. Here’s the blurb:
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?
5 Starts all the way across the board. This author never disappoints.
This beautiful historical story taught me a lot about the Irish uprising during the period of 1921-22. It was heart-tugging, informative, heart-changing, inspiring, and thoroughly captivating. I loved every second of this story, and waited impatiently when I had to set it down to get other things done. It had a thread of magic in it, but was woven so well into the story that it didn’t distract from the history and hearts of the characters. I really liked how it was written, I adored the characters, especially Eoin and Thomas. Like most of Amy Harmon’s books, I will be reading along, and have to stop to reread a passage that teaches or uplifts me in ways I’ve never thought of before. I love her stories for that reason. This is one I will definitely reread. There is nothing I disliked about it. Bravo!
We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t, we lose them. If the stories are gone, then the people are gone too.” Annie
Tragedy makes for great stories, but I’d much rather your story–the one you live, not the ones your write–be filled with joy. Don’t revel in tragedy, Annie. Rejoice in love. And once you find it, don’t let it go. In the end, it is the one thing you won’t regret.” Eoin
If you haven’t read an Amy Harmon book yet, you’re missing out. My favorite of hers is still A Different Blue. It just spoke to me and it’s timeless. But I’ve been rereading her fantasy books–The Bird and the Sword and The Queen’s Cure since I read this latest one, and I’m loving them again as well. Really, all her books are phenomenal. She’s a master storyteller.
Enjoy the rest of your week. I’m loving Spring. Hope you are, too. Happy Reading.