About a year ago, I had the pleasure of reading the lovely novella Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas in anticipation of reading her first full-length novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, later that summer. I am pleased to announce that her next book has been released and is just as delightful as her first two stories. Until the Harvest jumps ahead a generation, but there are appearances from many of the characters of the previous book. I always enjoy reading about familiar characters and seeing how their story ends or continues. I was disappointed at the early demise of a main character from the previous book, but his death served as the catalyst for much of the conflict in Until the Harvest.
Henry Phillips is a college student who makes several foolish decisions following the death of his father. He gets tangled up in a couple of serious situations before seeking wise council.
Margaret enjoys working for Henry’s grandmother, but Margaret’s mother thinks the position is too menial for her daughter. Margaret finds a way to leave home and take her little sister with her, away from her selfish, inattentive parents.
Initially, Henry and Margaret dislike each other, but they have two common interests who continually draw them together: Margaret’s sister Mayfair and Henry’s grandmother Emily. Over time, Henry and Margaret find they have much more in common than family and friends.
This story is set in the mid-1970’s, but some aspects seem further back in history due to the slower pace in Appalachia. I enjoyed reading about life on the farm and women living independently. I learned a few things while enjoying a good read.
I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.