“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.