Thursday, June 18, 2015
Book Review~On Shifting Sand
One of my favorite book series of all time is the Sister Wife series by author Allison Pittman. I was excited to read her latest release, On Shifting Sand. I quickly realized that this book was very different from the other series, but not in a negative way-just a different style. On Shifting Sand is a beautifully written, haunting story of a desperate woman.
About the Book: Set during the historic Dust Bowl during the 1930s, Nola Merrill is drying up, inside and out. She married young to her pastor husband, a righteous man, and they have two children. Nola suffered a sad childhood with her angry father, and wants to be a good mother, wife, and Christian. The devastation their small town has had has left everyone hungry and poor. Her husband busy with his pastoral duties, Nola feels isolated. That all changes when an old friend of her husbands, a disabled war veteran, arrives needing shelter. He gives Nola attention, and she is faced with betraying her husband, her children, and her God.
What I Thought: On Shifting Sand was hard for me to get into at first, but ended up being a wonderful story. It is written in the main character's voice, and so the reader reads her thoughts and feelings. Nola is a tormented woman, wanting to do what's right but so beaten down she gives in to temptation. The story is full of love, temptation, forgiveness, and learning to trust God. I knew nothing about the Dust Bowl before I read this story, and it peaked my interest in that time in history. I am looking forward to researching it further. I highly recommend On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman.
I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.