What the Wind Knows
Historical Romance/Time Travel Romance
Lake Union Publishing
March 1, 2019
ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
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?
“We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t, we lose them.” -What the Wind Knows
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon is one of those books that even before you crack into it, you absolutely know you will get an unforgettable story. For me, Amy Harmon is almost always synonymous with an emotional read that will be gorgeous and probably make me ugly cry by the end. This book is exactly that kind of book.
Starting in 2001, we meet Anne Gallagher an author who adores her grandfather and is named for her great-grandmother. She’s been begging her entire life to go visit the place that Eoin grew up, shared stories about, and whispers to her in her dreams: Ireland. When the time comes to finally bring her grandfather’s ashes to the place he’s always called home, she realizes that there is more to Ireland and the roots she has there.
What the Wind Knows is a bit of a timey-wimey jaunt. After Anne gets lost in a fog while attempting to scatter ashes on Lough Gill, she gets transported back to the early 1900’s when the IRA is just attempting to get on its feet, neighbors don’t trust each other, and Anne’s grandfather is just a boy who thinks she is his mother who disappeared years earlier.
Just like any good romance, What the Wind Knows kept me on my feet, and I was swept away by how real and heartfelt the emotions were expressed between Anne and the man she couldn’t help but fall in love with…the mysterious Thomas Smith—the very same man who pulled her from Lough Gill with a gunshot wound.
Anne’s time in the past is wrapped within the threads of her grandfather’s life, as well as her life back in the future. Guys, the ending is BEAUTIFUL! What the Wind Knows is a beautifully woven story. I absolutely implore everyone who enjoys time travel romance and historical fiction to give this book a read.
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.