What the Wind Knows

What the Wind Knows

by Amy Harmon


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An Amazon Charts 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503904590
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 7,829
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including From Sand and Ash, and the Whitney Award–winning The Law of Moses. Her historical novels, inspirational romances, and young adult fantasy books are now being published internationally. To find out more about Amy, visit her at www.authoramyharmon.com.

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What the Wind Knows 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This was my first Amy Harmon read and I am actually finding it hard to write this review. Overall, WHAT THE WIND KNOWS was a beautiful love story but I psyched myself out at the start and it took me forever to finish it. It had been so long since I read the blurb that I forgot it was a time travel novel. I appreciated the author's note and all the research that went into the book. I am defeniately looking forward to reading more of her books in different genres.
BozenaF More than 1 year ago
WOW, she does it again and again … After "From Sand and Ash" it took me days to get out of my emotional melancholy and start another book. "What the Wind Knows" is an overwhelming love story with an epic HEA. This story is about Ireland, a country that until now I only knew from history lessons and TV, but would love to explore now. A journey into the history of Ireland and a love story, that has no limits to time differences, not even in a journey through time. Amy writes about old and “new” times, as if they flow over each other. When it comes to love in Amys books, there are no limits, no beginning and no end. The emotions and feelings are so strong, that you have no other choice, than to be sucked into her world. The book is a roller coaster of action and feelings. You keep drifting between fear and desire. Between grief and joy. Between rage and helplessness. This book is so interesting that even without being a historian or even being interested in history at all, you just have to love the old Ireland and its history. Anne Gallagher is an Irishwomen born and raised in America. She only knows Ireland from stories, which her grandfather told her. When her grandfather died, she decides to take a trip to Ireland, which allows her to have a further look into the history of her family than she could have ever imagine. She is a successful writer and even with her beautiful mind of fantasy, she would not come up with a story that she is about to experience. I love the deep thoughtfulness in Amys books, which give You the special feeling of being one with the character for a long time, after finishing reading. As usual, I will not disclose what is going on in this book! You have to discover for yourself, so read this book and enjoy. I definitely enjoyed it very much.
KimMc More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Not only could I not put it down, I was as ensnared in its details as Anne’s boat was in the Lough. Although this is unlike Harmon’s other books I’ve read, this historical and fantastical fiction delivers heart, heartache and perspective of a time and history that does not “distract you from the people who lived it.” Harmon’s use of Yeats to set the emotional scene in each chapter was a brilliant touch. The story told in multiple perspectives of the events in 20th century Irish history, Michael Collins and the political unrest of the era is on point and thought provoking, I’m sure even for those without a background knowledge of Ireland’s historical struggles. However, through the history of the story, the characters, the people, engage you and you will fall in love with them and be held in their grasp throughout the book. Emotions run high as the characters and plot unfold, and just when all hope seems lost, the wind remembers what is most important and delivers that as well. I have always been a fan of Harmon’s work, yet this novel throws her into a whole new arena for me. I can’t stop thinking about this book and am sure to read it again and again.
AnnaDee More than 1 year ago
Had I responded to "time-travel" and "fantasy" as I generally do and taken a pass on What the Wind Knows, I would have missed this wonderfully delightful story. It is told so thoughtfully and intimately that it reads as autobiographical. The author's understanding and familiarity with the characters is uncanny, giving the reader pause to ponder how on Earth she could know all that. Did she really know these people? What the Wind Knows is written in alternating voices, that of Thomas Smith and Anne Gallagher, a man of Ireland in the early 1900's and a woman of the United States in the late 1900's. Thomas's story is written in the form of journals that he kept for most of his life. Anne's story follows, filling in and completing Thomas's point of view. Together they tell the story of the Irish Revolution (and of Ireland); of the weak and of the strong in that conflict; and of their own improbable but compelling love. Their accounts are skillfully bound together with quotes from Yeats, quotes that foreshadow and even explain the coming events. I'm going to refrain from telling the story, hoping that you see enough here to encourage you to read it. Occasionally, and unintentionally, the reviews are spoilers. What the Wind Knows is one of the best books that I have read in quite some time. I thought of the characters between readings, completely caught up in their lives, and again for days after finishing the book. Treat yourself to a wonderful read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
tc3von More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Amy Harmon. I have read every thing she has ever published. Her historical fiction novels knock me off my feet. Whimsical.. Poetic. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Powerful. She did not disappoint with What the Wind Knows. It was magical. This story is special and should be read.
LisaN123 More than 1 year ago
OMG I just finished this book, I CRIED, I SCREAMED, I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! As much as I love the classic Jane Austin, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Hights, and others, This book is in some ways even better, because it holds truths, historical life changing truths, I will cherish this book always! It had me laughing, crying, talking out loud, it affected on so many levels, and I loved every page. I learned things about Michael Collins, and I was so invested in the Characters, and times. I am being completely honest, when I say, that this book should be a film, I drank it up, from page one to the end, and even enjoyed the Authors final notes! Just WOW! READ IT EVERYONE, JUST READ IT! It's beautifull inside and out, satisfied me on all levels, and I will cherish this book and re-read it in years to come, it's one that stays in your heart, forever.
candicervaldez More than 1 year ago
All the stars possible!! Seriously, if Amy Harmon wrote a dictionary, I would be first in line to buy it. Her writing is exceptional, draws you in, and you feel like you are right there in the middle of it. This book takes place in Ireland, for the most part. I have never given much thought to Ireland, but after reading this book, it is definitely on my bucket list to travel there. The description of it is so beautiful and I just wanted to be right where they were. The love story between Anne and Thomas gave me all the feels! I loved the way they interacted and how the love story came about. It was perfect. I don't feel like this review can do the book justice, so you just have to read it for yourself. It is another top notch book from Amy Harmon. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
CarissaR More than 1 year ago
A Love That Goes Beyond Time So I thought for sure this was going to be a solid 4 star read, but that last chapter totally made me bump it up to a 5. I liked this time travel romance, because it was different beyond what I have read before. Amy Harmon has a way with words that are so beautiful especially with the poems in this story. I can't wait to read more of her work. I listened to the audio and Saskia and Will did an amazing job.
Towrin Zaman More than 1 year ago
I am a massive fan of Amy Harmon. She has yet to write a book that I haven’t adored. So you can imagine my excitement at getting the ARC for her newest book! The author writes a very beautiful note at the end citing her own journey to Ireland, the homeland of her great-grandfather, to discover her heritage. It was amazing to find out about all the little details from her life that she added to her book. That note added to the poignancy of the story. After Anne’s best friend in the world, the man who alone raised her, her grandfather Eoin dies, she travels to his hometown in Ireland to fulfill his last wish of spreading his ashes in the lake he grew up around. A renowned author, Anne has only ever heard and read stories about Ireland from Eoin but never allowed to visit the place until now. Something out of a fairytale happens to her in Eoin’s hometown. She finds herself in the Ireland of 1921. A spitting image of Eoin’s mother also called Anne, a six year old Eoin thinks he got his mother back who everyone thought had perished with his father back during the revolution. Eoin lives with his grandmother under the care of his father’s best friend Doctor Thomas Smith now. Thomas Smith and everyone else are mystified at her supposed reappearance and Anne is caught between a rock and a hard place. Suddenly all the cryptic words of her grandfather makes sense. Did he know this would happen? Did he always know that Anne would go back in time to be with him again? Should Anne tell Thomas the truth? Will anyone believe her? How can she go back? Does she want to go back leaving behind the only person she ever loved to a time where he is dead? The writing and the story is just something else! How beautifully does Amy Harmon portray the feelings of Anne here? The suspicions and confusion of Thomas and everyone else was also amazingly brought to life. My only complaint from the story is that the love story did not get enough time to grow and breathe on its own. But there was so much emotions in this book that everything else can be forgiven. I particularly liked the element of suspense. Also, despite it being a historical romance in its essence, the pace never felt too slow or boring. Even though I knew the bare minimum about Ireland’s history, I was completely engaged by the story. I give this story an extra star just for the emotions it aroused in me and for how well-researched it is. Highly recommended!
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
"Freedom is the ability to go where your heart calls." So true, is this quote from the book, especially as the story unfolds. A successful young American author, keeping a promise to her recently deceased beloved grandfather, embarks on a trip to his hometown in Ireland to scatter his ashes in the nearby lake. This begins a fascinating tale which includes time travel, Irish history, romance amid beautiful description of the country. Our heroine, Ann Gallagher, finds herself caught between a future that was her past and a past that could well be in her future. This is a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, anybody who loves romance, and for those who love time travel! In other words, there is something for everyone! Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to put into words how wonderful this book is. I think it really hit home with me since I, too, was close to my grandfather so the feels were so real. This amazing book tells of love, history, war, conflict, friendship, longing, loss, and remembrance.. All in one book, how Amy Harmon does it every time she writes is unbelievable. My fave quote from the book, Yes, I told you. You told me. And you will tell me again. Only the wind knows which truly comes first." After reading the book this will make more sense. This is a must read for any historical fiction lover.