Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Sowing Season


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?

My thoughts: I wasn't expecting to fall in love with this story like I did! Unlike anything else I have ever read, I couldn't put this book down and finished it in about a day (life kept getting in the way!). My heart broke a little bit as Gerrit had to let go of his farm, since I know what it is like to release a business you have poured your heart and soul into. As a parent, I ached to see where his relationships were with his family as he realized all that he had sacrificed. And, I was inspired by both he and Rae when they stepped out of their comfort zones. This is one of the best books I have read this year, and I highly recommend picking it up!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy. 

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