Tuesday 26 May 2015

Book Review: Until the Harvest

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From The Back:

Take This Journey of Broken Souls Restored
and Tentative Hearts Brought Fully to Life

When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips's college studies, he's left unmoored and feeling abandoned. The only things that can tamp down his grief are the family farm, his fiddle, and an unexpected friendship with sweet but unusual preteen Mayfair Hoffman.

Unfortunately, Mayfair's older sister, Margaret, despite her spray of freckles and cute, turned-up nose, has a completely different effect. His grandmother's helper, she's always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems at first that she doesn't care about his troubles.
Henry soon realizes, though, that Margaret's facing her own struggles. Mayfair's health and unique gift sit at the heart of those worries. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as potential tragedy collides with growing hope in a warm story of family bonds and the surprising ways healing finds us all.

My Reflections:

Until the Harvest, the sequel to A Miracle in a Dry Season, is another engaging read. Having had the opportunity to read both books I can say this could be a stand-alone novel, but to enjoy the continued character development reading in order is an added treat.
I so enjoyed revisiting the characters from Loudin Thomas’s earlier novels; Henry and Perla are fun and interesting each in their own unique ways.

Sarah Loudin Thomas has the gift of writing her novels ground you and bring you back to a time when life was just a little slower and times a little quieter. This novel gives the feeling of small town farm life, and the joys and trials that the “simple” life brings.

Henry the fiddle loving country boy wants to pursue his passion but is persuaded by his father to stay in school for the last year, rebellious and headstrong Henry yarns to follow his own path. When his father dies suddenly, Henry struggles with unwise choices and starts to deal in illegal substances. Thinking he is invincible he continues down this path until faced with consequences beyond his control. It is a beautiful progression to watch this character grow and come to the bottom of him self to realize that life is more than his own poor choices and self-indulgence and more about the life God has planned for him.

Margret Hoffman is determined to protect her sister Mayfair where she can; Mayfair is frail in health due to her diabetes. Working for Henry’s grandmother Emily, allows for Margret to bring her sister with her to work, thus keeping watch over her.

Mayfair a shy and loving girl is blessed with a special gift that helps may people she comes in contact with. Mayfair impacts the people in her life and helps them to realize the importance of family and love and that those two values aren’t just reserved for family.

Overall a satisfying read, loved the character development and the theme of God given gifts and how we can impact the people around us.

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf-Martin Communications, thank you Graf-Martin!

About The Author

  1. Sarah Loudin Thomas
    © Kristen Delliveniri

    Sarah Loudin Thomas

    Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry, who has also written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. Her debut novel was Miracle in a Dry...

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