About the Book
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?
In My Opinion
Katie Powner’s debut novel is sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader. The Sowing Season is both a coming of age story and a twilight of life story that are so well combined, I didn’t want to leave these characters because they are so real and relatable.
Rae has her eyes so firmly fixed on her future plan, she either misses some of life’s small pleasures or stresses incessantly about them. Gerrit’s future is not at all written out after he leaves the farm where he’s worked his entire life behind and he struggles with finding a new purpose.
Powner had me laughing with Gerrit’s ridiculous antics (seriously, he is the epitome of the grouchy old man at times) one minute and sighing with sweet and heartfelt moments the next.
The Sowing Season is a beautifully poignant story about love, family, forgiveness, and unlikely friendships that you should add to your tbr list today.
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