1. The Sowing Season
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    The Sowing Season
    Katie Powner
    Bethany House / 2020 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 25% ($4.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 22 Reviews
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  1. Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing
    January 13, 2021
    Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The tittle best describes the book.

    Wonderful characters in different phases of life facing their own challenges was so relatable and comforting. Wonderful lessons to be learnt and lived.

    The story plot started slow at first but picked up.

    Life long lessons of life.

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
  2. Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant, Wonderful Characters
    December 26, 2020
    Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I didn't know what to expect the first time I opened the pages to The Sowing Season. Inside was a surprise that filled me each time I turned a page to see what was happening to Gerrit and Rae. I felt torn between laughter and compassion for Gerrit. After selling a farm that totally consumed his life, he was confronted with time; time to see what he missed all the days and nights while he worked a farm that, in the end, provided nothing meaningful in his life. Except memories.

    Rae was the perfect daughter. She had a bright disposition, was number one in her class and volunteered in all the right places in order to check off the boxes on her long list of "must-do's" to secure her a spot at Columbia University. She was so perfect she wasn't really enjoying life.

    It is amazing that Rae and Gerrit found each other. It was even more amazing that they became friends. He could have been her grandfather. She could have been the daughter who gave up on him when he was too busy working on the family farm. Yet, he saw the real Rae. She saw a man who was waiting to change.

    I enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy a good story. I recommend it all the more for young and old alike as it bridges what people of a certain age used to call the "generation gap". It appeals because the characters are so human. Reading The Sowing Season was my introduction to Katie Powner's work and I look forward to more in the future.
  3. grammy
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    It's ok
    December 9, 2020
    grammy
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I was given this book to read and review through Netgalley. The review is my own opinion and a good review is not required. The book was an advanced reader edition and I will take that into account in my review.

    First, as an advanced copy, I didn't expect the editing to be perfect but this book needs a lot of work.

    Second, the story was original and I liked the concept. I did not find it very realistic, though.

    Third, I thought this was a Christian book but there wasn't too much along that line. I guess that would be a plus for many people, but I was disappointed.

    Last, the characters were fairly well developed but I didn't feel that all the issues were well resolved. Maybe there will be a second book to help.

    Over-all I did enjoy the book. I give it a 3 out of 5 rating.
  4. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Impressive Debut
    December 7, 2020
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Impressive debut novel and an author to look forward to. The characters were well developed throughout the story and it was genius to put together such an unlikely pair. Such a hard time in both of their lives, one a retired dairy farmer and the other a teenager learning how to spread her wings. So many great things are wrapped up in this book such as a marriage falling apart and trying to find restoration, a family putting pressure on a teenager to succeed at everything, grown children holding grudges, an after school program that had me shedding tears, etc. The plot is so well laid out and descriptive that you feel a part of their lives. I could easily read a sequel as I did not want it to end. The cover is gorgeous and draws you right in before you ever turn a page and the lessons the main characters teach each other are forever forged into your spirit. Truly remarkable.

    I was blessed to win a copy of this book. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
  5. ReviewsByErin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic debut!
    November 25, 2020
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gerrit Laninga has poured himself into the family farm, tirelessly keeping it running after the death of his brother. But Luke's been gone a long time now, and Gerrit is in his 60s. His children don't want to keep the property in the family, so he grudgingly sells it - and promptly realizes he's let every relationship that truly matters slip away over the past years. What is he to do with his life now? Can he win back the trust of his family?

    Rae Walters has lived all of her fifteen years according to The Plan. She's top of her class and pressing toward going to Columbia to become a lawyer like her father. But she's having nightmares about Driver's Ed, and fear begins creeping in. What if she can't follow The Plan? What will her parents do or say if she's a failure? Will she ever be able to get her driver's license?

    When Rae and Gerrit meet, they form a fast and unconventional friendship. Together they begin to see the world a little differently and find inspiration to face their fears.

    I haven't read a story like this in a long time. It doesn't fit any of the conventional genre labels. Katie Powner's writing is brilliant in its simplicity. The tension is steady but also gentle, drawing you in naturally. Things do ramp up toward the end when everything comes together, but overall this was a captivating, page-turning read that I didn't want to end. I can't wait to read more from this debut author!

    I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.
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