post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Sowing Season
Author: Katie Powner
Major Themes: Family Life
Synopsis: After his life completely falls apart and he has nothing left to live for, Gerrit meets Rae, who is also realizing that her life is lacking in what is really important—can a 63-year-old man and a teenage girl help each other and those around them?
Sometimes I come across a Christian Fiction book that has no romance in it. I enjoy those books especially! Sowing Season was one of those. I found it a very sad book at first, and was very glad to find that the tone improved as I read on.
Gerrit has been working all his life on the family farm, and knew his destiny was to keep it going. The problem was that he couldn’t. Eventually, he had to sell it—and then he didn’t know what to do with himself. Worse, he came to realize that his wife was ready to leave him, and his children didn’t want anything to do with him. He had never had time for them, and now they didn’t have time for him.
At the same time, Rae was dealing with her own struggles. Her life had been laid out for her for as long as she could remember, and she was committed to the Plan. There was no time for anything frivolous in her life—but she needed a friend! At this point in her life, she and Gerrit met. Could they help each other? What about the other people in their lives who needed people? Could the two of them help others, as well? What about the neighbor with whom Gerrit has a feud—what will happen with the two of them?
I found this book quite thought-provoking. It vividly shows the importance of taking time with the people we love. If I don’t spend time with my children when they are young, for example, they may not want to spend any time with me when they are older. It was heart-breaking to watch Gerrit come to the realization that he didn’t even know his wife and children anymore, and see what he had done to them. If you can handle books with little or no romance, and a very serious theme, you may well enjoy Sowing Season.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: Gosh, heck, and golly are each used a time or two. Otherwise, this book is very clean.
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Keywords: Family Life, Books for Women, Books for Men, Inspirational Fiction