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What the Wind Knows

Written by: Amy Harmon
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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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?

©2019 Amy Harmon. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Melanie
  • 2019-03-04

A Captivating Historical Romance!

This was a great historical romance that had some time travel thrown in. Historical romance definitely isn’t my go to but I have enjoyed Amy Harmon’s books before so I grabbed this one from the Amazon First selection (and WS it for audio) and I was not disappointed. The bulk of the story is from Anne’s point of view, but there are a lot of entries from Thomas’s journal. The story starts with Anne promising her dying grandfather that she will spread his ashes back in Ireland. Once Anne gets to Ireland she starts to realize that her Grandfather kept her entire family history a secret and she wants to finally learn more. When Anne goes to her grandfather’s childhood home, she takes a little boat out into the lough to release his ashes where fog surrounds her and she finds herself thrown back in time to 1921. There is so much going on in the story, between the battles in Ireland at the time and with Anne trying to not let it be known that she is an imposter, it makes for some intense and emotional moments. I was worried with how the story would end, but I absolutely loved the HEA ending!

Saskia Maarleveld and Will Damron did an amazing job bringing the story to life!

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  • Beth N.
  • 2019-03-04

The best story I've read in years...

Just this second, I finished reading this book. My face is hot and I produced a pile of dirty tissues because I cried rivers of tears during the last two chapters. What the Wind Knows is the best book I have read in YEARS! I give this story all the stars in the world.

Gratitude to my friend, Julie, for recommending this book. I can't thank you enough.

I listened to the audiobook version. The narrators were lovely and really brought the story and all its history and characters to life.

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  • Shelly Hill
  • 2019-03-07

Beautiful

This book is so amazing. I completely fell for the characters, Thomas's journal and Yates. Every chapter began with a journal entry, a beautiful poem by W. B. Yates, then bounded into the fabric of time itself. Amy Harmon reached into this fabulous, timeless, fabric to grasp individual threads. Amy wove and unwound these threads and created a story of bravery, love, resilience and the human condition. Bravo Amy.
Another imaginative book to hoist onto my coveted bookshelf labeled THE BEST. I Have a sneaking
suspicion that everytime I re-read this book in the future, I will take away new information with every reading- that is the truth.
I sooo love a book that can sweep me away into a story so fully that not only does it feed my huge imagination but also thrills the student in me. My logical side got fed with new appreciation for the likes of Yates. The knife point importance of remembering actual sequential events in history for the part they play in the wider scope of the future.m
I recommend this book. I appreciate the author too.

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  • Cyndi
  • 2019-03-27

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I went into this audiobook completely blind and was surprised that is is a time travel romance. I loved the setting of 1920's Ireland. I really enjoyed the history in this book and found myself looking things up to see if it was really history or just fiction for the book. I will admit it was pretty slow all the way through but not enough to make me stop listening. I loved the ending, it was exactly how I needed it to end.

The narration was really good but I did notice that only the dialog was spoken with a Irish accent, all the inner monologue was without an accent and that was a little odd for me. I know Anne didn't really have the Irish Accent so for her it made sense but Thomas was Irish so I would think even his thoughts would have the accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-06

Absolutely excellent

This is a wonderful book. It was engaging and very well written. The audio performance was clear and didn’t get in the way of the story. I would highly recommend giving this one a go.

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  • Mosey's Mommy
  • 2019-04-03

Now I want to go to Ireland !!!

This book is an awesome listen! I loved this story. She wrote it perfectly! I didn't want it to end. The narrators were all the should have been. Wonderful voices! Thank you Amy Harmon for writing such a beautiful story!

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  • C. B.
  • 2019-03-14

Beautiful story

I enjoyed this one greatly. A beautiful book that is a love story, a story of history and so much more. Kept my attention and hard to pause. Highly recommend.

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  • Susana
  • 2019-03-13

Wonderful great listen

Very entertaining, didn’t want to turn it off. Loved it. No complaints here, no questions and can’t compare to outlander. More!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-07

Loved it!

I loved the historical events of Ireland in a time period that was so sad and confusing. Gives me a better understanding of what happened. Im glad that audible had a female and male readers, it makes the story so much better. S uch a great story! I finished this book quickly. I gave the performance 4 stars because of the male narrators lisp that comes out every now and then.

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  • Jasmine
  • 2019-03-06

A wonderful time travel romance

I am now a big fan of Amy Harmon and will be looking forward to her next work.

As usual the performance of Saskia Maarleveld is so great, both narrators are excellent!

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