Until the Harvest

Title:  Until the Harvest
Author:  Sarah Louden Thomas
Pages:  304
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The story is set in West Virginia in the year 1975 on the eve of 1976 when a family is devastated by the sudden death of Henry Phillips’ father.  Now Henry, his sister Sadie and his mother Perla have to learn how to live without the man they loved.  Sadie is a librarian in Ohio where she returns to after the funeral.  Perla is trying to get Henry to return to college to finish his degree though Henry wants nothing to do with school.
Margaret and her younger sister Mayfair help Henry’s grandmother on the farm and with the house work.  However, Mayfair has a special gift that she shares with whoever is in need.  She is also a diabetic who suffers from hypoglycemia after she aids a person.  There are many more heart-touching characters and scenes the author crafts together to draw readers to a story that shows the love of God and family.  In the tale, there is also redemption along with prayer and sharing of one’s heart with others.
I enjoyed the relationships that reflected genuine love and care with various characters in the small town.  Some were family loving wayward family members and other relationships were friendships of a sort.  This was an era that saw the demise of moonshine and the beginning of drugs being transported and sold throughout the country.  Henry is the main male character who, after losing his father, is really lost and therefore makes some bad choices that put his life and future on a dangerous path.
Mayfair is a quiet character in the story yet she is the most in tune with how others are either in need of healing physically or emotionally.  Mayfair shares that people have to want to be better or to change because she cannot make that choice for them.  I love Sarah’s novels because the characters reflect both the positive and the shortfall of humanity.  Above all, they show how God longs to reach us with His love and care and how we sometimes struggle to understand the reality of His being.
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