• Natasha Lockhart

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

"Everyone who has ever lived. The wind and the water already know . . . The wind you hear is the same wind that has always blown. The rain that falls is the same rain."

When I started reading this book, I could not put it down until I finished it. This is a phenomenal story about one woman's journey to discover the truth of her family's past. You will have to suspend reality to fully enjoy this story, but if you're a dreamer like me, buckle up. It will be a beautiful and bumpy ride. When the ride ends, you won't regret going on this adventure. The plot is interwoven with the poetry of W.B. Yeats and journal entries written by Dr. Thomas Smith, the story's hero.

"Was I changing history, or had I always been part of it?"

Anne Gallagher travels to Ireland to scatter her grandfather's ashes in the lough. Her presence in the water triggers a reaction she could not have foreseen. When she is taken back in time, she learns the true meanings of sayings she's heard her entire life. Her presence is welcomed by some and met with suspicion by others. In 20th-century Ireland, Anne uncovers secrets and meets the love of her life.

Don't go near the water, love. The lough will take you far from me.

This book is categorized as Historical Fiction which it is, but it's also part memoir (The author sprinkles some of her own family's history in the story.) and part time-travel romance. If you're a fan of Irish history, you'll appreciate the historical references in this book.

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