One of the sleeper books from last year was Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas. So will much anticipation her second book hit the shelves this week, Until the Harvest. We pick up the story of Henry Phillips who lost his father in Miracle.
Henry now is stuck back in his old life, college is on hold as he takes care of his mother and their farm. There are a few bright spots, his fiddle and a friendship with unusual Mayfair Hoffman. She brings laughter and sunshine into his life, unlike her older sister Margaret, who has a completely different effect.
Margaret and Henry continue with their lives, running into each other because Margaret is his mother's housekeeper. As their relationship grows, Henry realizes that she has problems of her own. Which draws them closer together as tragedy looms on the horizon.
Each of Sarah's books are such gentle stories. Even though they are set during the 70's, they have the feel of a different time. A time that may be closer to the 30's and 40's that the turbulent 60's and 70's. But this book is a great reminder that not even city and town was mixed up in what was going on in the country, some just went about their way of life and carried on. Yes they were touched by the war and the race riots, but they had more important issues and were more focused on them.
A perfect read for a quiet afternoon, I encourage you to read Miracle first to understand more about Henry and then enjoy Until the Harvest.