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Published by Lake Union Publishing on March 01, 2019
Genres: Romance, Historical
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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?
I was provided a review copy by Lake Union Publishing; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Don’t go near the water, love, the lough will take you far from me.❞
WHAT THE WIND KNOWS was the perfect mix of history, romance and fantasy. Every word was exquisitely placed, every character perfectly crafted. These characters and this story are truly special.
❝I fell so fast, so hard, and so completely. Not because love is blind, but because … it’s not. Love isn’t blind, it’s blinding. Glaring. I looked at you, and from the very first day, I knew you …
My love is so big and full and brimming that I can’t breathe around it. It’s terrifying to love so much, knowing how fragile our existence really is. You’re going to have to hold on to me, or i’ll burst … or maybe I’ll just float away. Up into the sky, out into the lough.❞
My heart ached as I read Anne and Thomas’s story. I yearned for their happy ending. I cried for them and laughed with them. Anne and Thomas had a one of a kind, once in a lifetime love. Thomas was a man of honor, who lived by his morals and fought for what he believed. Because of his passion for life Anne wanted to do more than just live. She wanted to share in all of his experiences, and fight alongside him. It was her quiet strength that kept Thomas fighting for a better Ireland and for love.
There was so much passion within its pages; not just passion between Anne and Thomas, but you could feel the passion of those fighting to make Ireland a better place.
Feelings? I felt them all! I experienced every painful moment, every fear, and every awkward moment. I was bursting at the seams with happiness and broken down with sadness. I cried, swooned and cried some more. I. Felt. Everything. When I was nearing the end of the book, I didn’t want to turn the page. I didn’t want this beautiful story to end. I had rivers of tears falling from my eyes and a heart filled with happiness. WHAT THE WIND KNOWS was simply stunning!
WHAT THE WIND KNOWS will no doubt be on my favorites list for 2019, but is also a top favorite from Amy Harmon!