Sunday, May 10, 2015

Book review: Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

It’s hard to understand love, especially God’s love, when your parents have none for you.  That was the case for Margaret Hoffman.  She just didn’t get it because she had never seen it.  So she was doing her best to make a way for herself and take care of her younger sister.  She held a job, cleaning for Emily Phillips, and was able to move into a little house on her employer’s property. 

Henry Phillips was more than halfway through college when tragedy hit his family.  It left him confused about his purpose and direction in life, and he made some poor decisions in the wake of that loss.

Through Emily, Margaret and Henry end up spending time together, and are able to witness real love between people, both in marriage and in the community.  As Margaret accepts the love and care of those around her, walls are broken down and she embraces them as family.  Henry must do a lot of soul-searching to decide what is most important to him.  From the examples of those closest to him, he is able to turn his life around, make good decisions, and finish college.

A character who adds spark to this book is Mayfair, Margaret’s younger sister.  She is a sweet, loving girl, with a gift of getting into people’s hearts.  She is shy, with diabetes that must be closely monitored, and parents who don’t understand her.  The dedication that the sisters have to each other is inspiring.

I loved the author’s debut novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, and as I was reading Until the Harvest, I experienced the same oohs and aahhs of unexpected plot twists.  It was a treat to return to Wise, West Virginia, and renew acquaintances with the folks there.

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children’s ministry, who has also written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times.  Her debut novel was Miracle in a Dry Season.  She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University.  She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina.  She can be found online at