Thursday, October 12, 2023

THE WIND BLOWS IN SLEEPING GRASS by Katie Powner, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Good night, Pete. See you when the morning wind blows."

The morning wind had predictably blown the next morning, but Pete Ryman never saw his mother nor heard her voice again. Thus began the beginning of the rest of his fifty years-to-date life, he and his young sister had been separated from each other, leaving behind all that they knew about family in Sleeping Grass, Montana. Now Pete was back, collecting and dumping trash every single day that his truck would start during the cold, harsh, unforgiving winter. With only a sweet, sneaky, cantankerous pig riding along for companionship.

As luck would have it, or as his one and only best friend Windy Ray would say, as the "Creator" would have it, everything changed, and nearly all at once. One of his customers became a friend, his sister and young nephew just showed up seemingly out of nowhere, and a local woman in desperate straits began to trust him. Maybe Pete could become a new man after all. People need him now . . . if only life were that simple.

"You don't become worthless just because you mess up."
An ingenious inter-generational novel spun with layers upon layers of realism, sown with wit, wisdom and believe it or not . . . sprinkled with poetry. All creatures great and small add comic relief to their corresponding characters whose life issues are undoubtedly as common as the whole of humanity, whether residing in the smallest rural town or living within the confines of a mammoth city. A wonderful story sure to be enjoyed by a wide variety of readership!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Interviews and Reviews. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
For the first time in his life, Pete has everything to lose.

After years of drifting, fifty-year-old Pete Ryman has settled down with his potbellied pig, Pearl, in the small Montana town of Sleeping Grass--a place he never expected to see again. It's not the life he dreamed of, but there aren't many prospects for a high-school dropout like him.

Elderly widow Wilma Jacobsen carries a burden of guilt over her part in events that led to Pete leaving Sleeping Grass decades ago. Now that he's back, she's been praying for the chance to make things right, but she never expected God's answer to leave her flat on her face--literally--and up to her ears in meddling.

When the younger sister Pete was separated from as a child shows up in Sleeping Grass with her eleven-year-old son, Pete is forced to face a past he buried long ago, and Wilma discovers her long-awaited chance at redemption may come at a higher cost than she's willing to pay. 

Bethany House Publishers, September 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook.

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