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One of my book groups has a Facebook group page, and we chat there about the books that we are reading --- and want to read. We are skipping this month and picking up in March to discuss THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah, which is a "Read with Jenna" pick for February and a Bets On selection. I have to share the links to Kristin’s appearances this week on "Today with Hoda & Jenna" and their Instagram Live page.

Yes, love is in the air as we move into the long weekend. We’re talking book love here! It may be a short month, but it’s packed with lots of books to discuss --- and events to attend!

This month, we are featuring the discussion guide for Kristin Hannah’s highly anticipated new novel, THE FOUR WINDS. This #1 New York Times bestseller is February’s “Read with Jenna” Today Show Book Club pick, a LibraryReads Top Pick, an Indie Next pick and a Bets On selection. In 1934 Texas, millions are out of work, and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli --- like so many of her neighbors --- must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. Along with the guide, be sure to take a look at our Bookreporter review and my Bets On commentary.