What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon #BookReview #Historical #TimeTravel @aharmon_author


An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, 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?

Biography

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, The Smallest Part, Making Faces, and Running Barefoot, and the #1 Amazon bestselling historical, From Sand and Ash. Her novel, A Different Blue, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her USA Today bestselling fantasy, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 finalist. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at http://www.authoramyharmon.com.

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Book Review

Raised by a loving grandfather, Anne Gallagher is heartbroken at his death. She follows his last wishes and takes his ashes home to Ireland to spread them on the lough near the home where he’d grown up.

The moment she lands, Anne is overcome by a sense of history and tries to find out more about her grandfather’s life as a child. She has a few photos of her mother, father, and their best friend, Dr. Thomas Smith.

After visiting the graves of past members of her family, Anne rents a boat and heads out on the lough, only to get lost in a sudden fog. Frightened, she calls for help and gets shot by a stranger in a trawler.

When Anne awakens, it is to find herself in the care of a man who looks exactly like the Thomas Smith from her photos and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it should be.

They can’t forget, they never will, the wind and waves remember Him still.

“Thomas?”

I’d called to him before. I’d screamed his name across the water until I was hoarse and hopeless. But I called to him again. “Thomas?” His name hung precariously in the air, weighty and wishful, before it teetered and fell, sinking like a stone beneath the surface. The lough whispered back with liquid lips, slow and sighing. Tho-mas, Tho-mas, Tho-mas.

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This story shines a light on the Easter Rising, a massacre that took place in 1916 and changed Ireland forever.

“I’ve been reading about Ireland—biographies and documentaries and collections and diaries. I’ve been doing research for six months. I have so much information in my head, and I don’t know what to do with it. The history after the 1916 Easter Rising is just a garbled mess of opinions and blame. There’s no consensus.” Eoin laughed, but the sound was brittle and mirthless. “That, my love, is Ireland.”

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While the rebellion is a key part of the book, so to is the growing romance between Thomas and Anne- a forbidden love.

Anne is from the future. How can she stay in her mother’s time period, even though it gives her the opportunity to live with her grandfather when he was a child, and Thomas?

When she makes the decision to risk all, outside forces step in to separate her from the life she truly wants.

I can’t imagine all men love their women the way I love Anne. If they did, the streets would be empty, and the fields would grow fallow. Industry would rumble to a halt and markets would tumble as men bowed at the feet of their wives, unable to need or notice anything but her.

Harmon, Amy. What the Wind Knows

I didn’t know much about Ireland’s turbulent history. What I learned is that Irish people are proud of their culture and their land. They are passionate of what they believe in and won’t give up- no matter the odds.

What the Wind Knows is a sweeping saga of love and history that proves where there is hope, there is a chance.

30 thoughts on “What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon #BookReview #Historical #TimeTravel @aharmon_author

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader June 23, 2020 — 5:26 am

    I loved that one so much Jacquoe!

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    1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader June 23, 2020 — 5:26 am

      Jacquie (damn chubby fingers)

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      1. Lol, I have the same problem 😊

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    2. Thomas’s letters have me chills!

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  2. Wonderful historical fiction. I’m going to check it out.

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    1. I think it’s on sale, Jacqui. She has thousands of reviews! ( I wish, lol)

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  3. This one sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing it Jacquie.

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    1. She’s a powerful writer, Balroop. I think you’d enjoy her work.

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  4. This was my first book from this author and I really loved it, Jacquie! Fab review!

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    1. She’s atmospheric in her writing. It’s hard not to get drawn into the settings!

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author June 23, 2020 — 9:25 am

    This sounds like something I’d enjoy:)

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    1. I believe it’s on sale right now, Denise.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author June 23, 2020 — 5:24 pm

        🙂

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  6. This sounds like a fantastic read. Glad you shared, Jacquie.

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    1. This is my second Amy Harmon book and I can safely say I’m a fan 😊

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      1. I picked up a copy of this one.

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        1. Oh, great! Let me know what you think of it, Mary 😊

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  7. Time travel stories always fascinate me. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie!

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  8. I love historical fiction and anything with time travel as a plot point. Good writing in this review, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, Rob. Amy does a beautiful job of setting the tone for this story. I’d heard of the IRA before, but didn’t know much about the rebellion.

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  9. Quite interesting, thank-you for sharing!

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    1. It’s so well-written, Saania. I think you’d enjoy it 🙂

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  10. I love time travel stories. This one sounds charming. Thank you for the review, Jacquie! 🙂

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    1. The author takes us into a tumultuous time in Ireland’s history. I really enjoyed learning through Thomas’s letters.

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      1. My sister-in-law is doing the family ancestry tracing back to their great great great grandparents stationed in India from Britain, and hundreds of years before that. She collected documents and photos. She said she would write a novel one day.

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        1. I imagine there would be some great information there!

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          1. She is passionate about the ancestry study. She talked about the details as if she know those people. I hope she gets to write the novel.

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