Thursday, October 29, 2020

THE SOWING SEASON by Katie Powner, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

An excellent, heartrending debut by Katie Powner.
The author gives us beautifully flawed but realistic characters searching for a purpose in life. This book shows not only how we affect the lives of others, but how they affect us. Are our goals worthy or are we missing the journey?
Garrit is a crusty old farmer who just retired and is at loose ends. His past haunts him and colors all his actions. Rae is a teen who is reluctant to let anything get in the way of The Plan. “What did she want? The question frightened her. Without The Plan, her future was nothing but a scary swarm of unknowns. A place with more questions than answers. A place she did not want to be.”
Friendships are formed and life lessons learned. There are light moments as well in the scenes with Daisy the dog, Mister Whiskers, the cat and Bernard, the cantankerous rooster.
While not overtly peppered with scripture, faith is lived out by the characters. Forgiveness is sought and godly principles are practiced.
This story demonstrates what it means to invest in people and not just exist in life. And that being a witness will reap fruit.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *I give this 5 stars and a solid faith thread. 
BackCover Blurb:
After he's forced to sell the family farm he's labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn't know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land--his time, his health, his family--with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.

Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts and fears about The Plan--the detailed blueprint for high school that will help her follow in her lawyer father's footsteps. She's always been committed to The Plan, but now that the pressure to succeed is building, what was supposed to unite her family in purpose, may end up tearing it apart.

When their paths cross just as they each need a friend the most, Gerrit's and Rae's lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Can they discover together what really matters in life and learn it's never too late for a second chance?
Bethany House Publishers, October 2020
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