About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Sowing Season by Katie Powner

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?


Gerrit Laninga has been a dairy farmer most of his life but now, at 63, he signs an agreement fo sell the family farm and suddenly, his life's purpose is gone. 'Everything about this place felt like home and reminded him of his failures. He hated it, but he loved it. It was death, but it was the only life he'd ever known.' This is the story of Gerrit's realization that his wife and children have suffered immensely because of his dedication to this farm life and his obsession of keeping the farm in the family. What do you do when you now have time to spend with your family but they don't want to spend their time with you? Things begin to look up when Gerrit finds a teenage girl hiding in his barn. Rae Walters feels immense pressure from her parent's huge expectations for her future and Gerrit, in helping her, may have found a new meaning for his life.

This is a book that speaks to all of us farmers who've seen our lives slip away in a haze of early mornings wake up calls, days filled with back-breaking labor, and working until there's no light left in the day. Author Katie Powner grew up on a dairy farm so her own knowledge is shared in Gerrit's thoughts and recollections and let me tell you, they are 'spot on'! Gerrit's story also targets anyone who has allowed their career to preoccupy their time and, in doing so, lost precious time with family.

Best of all, The Sowing Season is a lovely story of hope, renewal, and the power of forgiveness, with a reminder of what most of us have learned---in life, as in farming, we truly reap what we sow. Rae observes that "Maybe this was what that whole "harvest" thing meant. That you get out what you put in. If you plant anger and suspicion, you harvest misery. And if you plant reconciliation, forgiveness, hope---there was no telling what good things might come out of it."

I recommend this stunning debut novel to all who enjoy realistic faith-filled stories and I certainly look forward to reading more of Powner's books!

I voluntarily accepted a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in rural Montana where cows still outnumber people. She is a two-time OCW Cascade Award and ACFW First Impressions Award winner. Katie is a mom to the third power: biological, adoptive, and foster. She loves Jesus, red shoes, and candy. Katie can be found at 
www.katiepowner.com,  Follow her on Facebook     Twitter     Instagram

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