Thursday, December 3, 2020

THE SOWING SEASON by Katie Powner, Reviewed by Winnie and Rebecca

While The Sowing Season is a poignant, heart-touching story of regrets, misguided expectations, and missed opportunities, it’s also a story of forgiveness, growth, hope, and healing. It’s a story of unlikely friendships and new beginnings. With colorful, realistically-flawed, and endearing characters, including a psychotic rooster named Bernard and a sweet dog named Daisy, this tale caught my interest and kept me turning pages. 
I enjoyed the friendship between Gerrit and Rae and the way they strengthened each other to deal with the problems in their separate lives. Although there are a lot of heart-wrenching moments in this story, there are also humorous and touching scenes, which added to my enjoyment of the tale. Underlying messages of trusting God to help us in our lives and reaping what we sow give the story spiritual depth and dimension.

This is Katie Powner’s debut novel, and it’s beautifully written. She has a unique author’s voice, and I’m excited to see what else she has in store in the future. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

"I'm sorry, I didn't think anyone . . . . . . . cared about this place."

Gerritt Laninga has just made the hardest decision of his sixty-three year existence seem easy to everyone else. Having devoted all of his adult life to his dairy cattle, he is now at odds with everything and everyone who isn't a cow or a tractor. . . selling the family farm lifted one set of burdens only to replace them with another kind. When he meets a young neighbor hanging out in the deserted barn on his personal property, his plans, or lack thereof, begin to incrementally shift.

Rae Walters is the perfect student, the perfect friend, the perfect daughter . . . she is following the perfect plan . . . graduate at the top of her class, slide effortlessly through college into law school and become a lawyer, just like her father. There's only one problem. She's terrified of driving. What if she can't pass the test? When she meets a crotchety old neighbor in his deserted barn, her plans begin to incrementally shift.

What an absolutely refreshing "coming of age" meets "too young to retire" story! Rae longs to know what she is really meant to do and Gerritt is grieved over what he has already done. Their conversations and inter-actions with family and friends was incredibly humorous at times (picture a six foot four dairy farmer trying on skinny jeans) and heart breaking in the interim. For surely, "let us not become weary in well doing, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up". It's all a matter of what we sow.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.


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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