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Drying up bit by bit since her mother died, Nola spiritually withers under a father who withholds his affection the way God restrains the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, doesn't relieve her emotional drought. When a mysterious but attentive drifter enters her life, she betrays her marriage vows. Can Russ forgive her? 416 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414390440
ISBN-13: 9781414390444

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Starred review.
As far as inspirational love stories go, Pittman has crafted an unconventional one. . . Nola is vividly fleshed out, and, through her viewpoint, Pittman effectively contrasts the repercussions of forgiveness when it is withheld and granted.
Pittman makes a departure from her usual genre with an elegantly written novel. The main characters are nearly all unsympathetic, which could pull the reader from the story, yet the tale is so well told it will stay with you. 4 stars
Demonstrating her versatility as a novelist, Pittman has written a moving tale of temptation, surrender, guilt, and redemption that is quite different from her “Sister Wives” series. Nola is an unreliable narrator, but she’s also a compelling storyteller. The unusual setting of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of the 1930s adds historical interest and parallels the destruction of Nora’s life. This intricately plotted novel of one woman’s journey of faith will certainly have wide appeal.
When Nola Merrill married a preacher, she knew his loyalty would be divided between her and his devoted parishioners, but she never imagined that her commitment as a faithful wife would be challenged by a mysterious stranger. Living in Featherling, Oklahoma, during the Dust Bowl, Nola is suffocating both in the cloud of dirt and under the weight of her scandalous secret. Is her father right, that this drought-driven nightmare is God’s punishment for her inability to find happiness with her station in life? As the gritty winds erode her nerves, she must choose whether to suffer in silence or escape in shame. Pittman expertly presents this compelling first-person story of sin, secrets, and a struggle to find forgiveness in herself and in God in Nola’s lilting Oklahoma drawl and turns the pervasive dust into a powerful metaphor. Although there are only brief, tasteful scenes of passion, Pittman manages to generate a palpable, simmering heat throughout the novel, satisfying readers’ thirst for drama, deceit, and deliverance.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An emotional satisfying read.
    December 20, 2015
    Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for On Shifting Sand - eBook.
    Once Im back upstairs, having stolen my way into the bathroom, I wash my hands, tap a drop of Ariel eau de toilette on my fingertips, and run them through my hair, ready to slip back into bed beside my slumbering husband, all evidence of my secret erased.

    On Shifting Sand, by Allison Pittman, is a beautifully written historical romance, taking place during the 1930s Dust Bowl. It grips the readers heartstrings and pulls them through a myriad of emotions.

    Just like windblown Oklahoma during the years of the Dust Bowl, Nola Merrills life is dry and empty. She is a self destructive, emotionally damaged young preachers wife who yearns for something more. When a handsome friend of her husbands stays with them (against her wishes) an affair ensues and her problems and self-loathing increases. With her betrayal hidden inside, she feels horrid and it seems her life has no purpose.

    Nola asks God for forgiveness but will she feel fully cleansed without seeking her husband forgiveness and love?

    This book is such an emotional read. I like that it is told in first person, from Nolas point of view. This allows the reader to seep into Nolas psyche and shows why she feels and does the things she does. Its easy to sink into this character and difficult to put her story down. On Shifting Sand is an emotional, memorable, satisfying read.

    Q&A with author, Allison Pittman

    Question: The story is written from the perspective of Nola Merrill, who finds herself in an adulterous relationship. Why did you decide to write the story from the perspective of an unreliable narrator?

    Answer: I think we are all unreliable narrators in our own lives, especially when it comes to facing our sin. We justify our sin, proclaim ourselves victims, assign blame and downplay responsibility. We can bury ourselves so deeply in guilt, were blind to the idea of redemption, so we ignore what God tells us about confession and grace and mercy. We lie to ourselves the same way Nola lies to herselfand, thereby, to the readers. I have no doubt this character will make readers uncomfortable. She made me uncomfortable. They are going to be frustrated with her choices, disappointed by her actions, but Im OK with that. I think Nola is the realest character Ive ever created.

    Publisher: Tyndale Publishers, Inc.

    Pages: 416

    First Lines: The bath water was hot when I first got in. Hot enough to steam the mirror and turn my skin an angry red, with white finger-shaped dots where I poked it. Punishing hot, Ma would have said, and that first sting getting in felt a lot like the touch of Pas belt against my legs when I was little.

    I received a Review Copy from Tyndale House.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grat Historical Fiction!
    December 17, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    On Shifting Sands by Allison Pittman is a realistic description of experiences of the people in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years. It is written about Nola who is a mother, daughter, and preacher's wife. It describes the hardships experienced by the family and also deals with many of the emotional issues seen in any family. Faith, forgiveness, and grace are all demonstrated by this author. This book keeps you reading just to see what will happen to the family.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    On Shifting Sand
    September 9, 2015
    Alysa Sawyer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book by Allison Pittman takes place in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. As drought overtakes Russ and Nola's small town, discontentment overtakes Nola's heart. Russ does his best to care for the few people who have remained at his church. Nola bitterly performs her motherly and pastor's wife responsibilities. She continuously compares herself to her perfect husband and finds herself lacking and feels neglected. She also has a strained relationship with her overly critical father. A stranger comes to town and Russ invites him to live in their home. Nola immediately has an attraction that she tries to resist but she finds the temptation too strong. Nola and the stranger start to build a relationship that eventually leads to a physical encounter. Nola and Russ come to a place of acknowledging what took place and they head down the road of reconciliation, forgiveness, and grace.

    This is the first book I have read by this author. The Dust Bowl was a perfect setting for this story. The dry, dusty, dirty, empty town was a metaphor for Nola's heart and body. The theme of adulterous sin within marriage is a difficult one to undertake and often taboo to talk about. Unfortunately, it happens more than people care to admit... even in Christian marriages. I applaud the author for the way she detailed the thought process that came with the emotional attachment which lead to the physical encounter. Jesus said that if a man lusts for a woman that is not his wife, he has committed adultery in his heart. While the Nola only had a physical affair once, her heart had strayed emotionally long before the physical ever took place. I think that often this is a typical cycle of events for women since we easily attach ourselves emotionally to those who love, care, and pay attention to us. I definitely recommend this book, however, if someone has experienced the affects of sin within marriage, this book may be difficult to read. It most likely will bring up emotions related to that experience (no matter which side of the story: adulterer or spouse) but it may also enforce the hope that comes with wanting a marriage to survive even the worst of circumstances.

    In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Tyndale House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    reminds me to thank God
    August 13, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The story is told from the main female character named Nola who lives in Oklahoma with her husband Russ and two young children. As I began reading I remembered a movie I watched which depicted quite realistically the Dust Bowl conditions of the land many years ago. The Dust Bowl is used as a setting by the author to depict both a physical as well as spiritual realities of what life is like without care, watering, proper stewardship and more. Nola is struggling as a ministers wife feeling like she is always second to the needs of those in the church. After each storm the people of the small town would gather at the church to pray as well as count heads to see if any people were missing.

    As time goes on not only does the town population diminish but so does the heart of Nola. When she is at her lowest point she rationalizes her choice to commit a sin which leads her despair all the while it seems her husband never notices. The hurt feelings Nola experiences and loneliness for time with Russ her husband brings to drive a wedge into her marriage and makes her blind to the rationalization she uses when she chooses not to flee from temptation.

    Later in the story it was really awesome in the way the author uses descriptions to help readers visualize the depth of need for God in our hearts. There is hope in the novel by the ending and depicts that while marriage is not all roses there is always a choice to draw near to God during the times of thorns, or hardship. Forgiveness can be easily spoken even requested but when Nola really sees with new eyes the depth of her sin, she finally faces the hard task of bearing it all to her husband.

    Unlike other novels the authors doesnt rap the tale up in a pretty bow, but leaves the ending open for reasons which she shares in the authors notes section. Any person who has been married for a time knows that times of drought come and they are no picnic, nor are they pain free. Yet, there is always a choice before both the husband and the wife to completely honest with the Lord and each other. In the novel we see Nola had to honest about her reoccurring affair and her choice to participate in the sin. Russ has a part of his soul that needs forgiveness and healing too but I will let you discover that as you read this very captivating book.
  5. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    On Shifting Sand
    August 5, 2015
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman is a novel set in Oklahoma, the Dust Bowl setting in the 1930's. The realistic, earthy account of the hard land conditions and struggles parallels the desperate situation and raw emotions of the central character, Nola. The style of writing is reminiscent of that of Thomas Hardy or an author of that era.

    Russ Merrill is a faithful man of God and the church that he pastors. Yet, not serving in the war has always haunted him. He feels that he hid from this duty. For this reason, he offers charity to a drifter friend who did serve in the war and suffered the partial loss of an arm. This prompts him to offer shelter in their home and unknowingly invites temptation and sin into their midst.

    Russ's wife, Nola, left with only her cold, unloving father after her mother's death, envied her brother who escaped their farm and their harsh life. His college life and later job in the East provided an escape route. When she saw the handsome, godly man behind the church pulpit, she found her escape from a disappointing life. Their indiscretion resulted in their son, Ronnie, and a hasty marriage.

    As years pass and they have a daughter, she becomes more discontent. Her husband is so busy ministering to the needy flock, and she struggles to combat the constant dirt, dust and work required. Her emotional dryness and spiritual distancing from God and the Word leave her open to the enemy's temptation in the form of the drifter, Jim, Russ's old friend.

    On Shifting Sand is an appropriate title for the setting of the Dust Bowl and for Nola's story--that of a woman who desperately wanted to rid herself of Oklahoma and her situation. Discontent shadows her life, and her betrayal of her marriage and God only deepens her heartache and dissatisfaction, rather than relieving it. She asked the Lord for forgiveness and strength to overcome further temptation, but an opportune time to confess to her husband and beg his forgiveness eludes her for far too long.

    Grace and forgiveness are a major theme of this book, and the story reveals many spiritual truths throughout about God's love and relationships. The author writes the story and events tastefully, with discretion; however, if a reader is not comfortable with a story about temptation, betrayal, and adultery, perhaps this book is not one to consider. Yet, the Old Testament contains many realistic accounts of sin and its consequences. That being said, the author skillfully conveys the reality of the Dust Bowl--the harsh conditions and the hardships. The depth and understanding of the author in writing about the characters in this situation are commendable. There are many truths and lessons within the pages of this novel. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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