There’s some books where I loved the book in such a way that I have a hard time putting it into words, so instead I want to just say “I loved this book, so read it kay?” Until the Harvest was one such book and it kept me up well past my bedtime. Oops. After this book from Sarah Loudin Thomas, I can say without a doubt I’ll read any book she writes.
Take This Journey of Broken Souls Restored
and Tentative Hearts Brought Fully to Life
When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he’s left unmoored and feeling abandoned. The only things that can tamp down his grief are the family farm, his fiddle, and an unexpected friendship with sweet but unusual preteen Mayfair Hoffman.
Unfortunately, Mayfair’s older sister, Margaret, despite her spray of freckles and cute, turned-up nose, has a completely different effect. His grandmother’s helper, she’s always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems at first that she doesn’t care about his troubles.
Henry soon realizes, though, that Margaret’s facing her own struggles. Mayfair’s health and unique gift sit at the heart of those worries. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as potential tragedy collides with growing hope in a warm story of family bonds and the surprising ways healing finds us all.
I love that there’s a touch of the supernatural in her books.
I loved the relationship of Margaret and Henry from beginning to end.
I loved and adored Mayfair.
I loved seeing the characters from the first book and new ones too.
I loved all of it!
The changes the main characters go through, the lives of the secondary characters, the setting – all of it captivated me from the beginning. The pacing (how fast time went) switched up a bit in the last part of the novel, but I didn’t mind the shift. I was so connected and into the story, I could do nothing else but keep reading.
Oh and I really liked how people’s stories (their pasts) helped the younger folks in the book. It was such a reminder that no matter your past, it can be redeemed and used to encourage others in ways you never thought possible. That gives me such hope.
You don’t have to read her first book, Miracle in a Dry Season, to enjoy this novel, but having read it and knowing some of the characters, it was an added treat (it takes place around 20 years later). You can also read this one first – I bet you’ll want to go back and read Miracle in a Dry Season if you do!
Oh and I just found out there’s a prequel novella to kick off the Appalachian Blessings Series and it’s FREE. SAY WHA?! Don’t mind if I do!
I’ll definitely read whatever Sarah Loudin Thomas releases next and I hope I don’t have to wait too long! Who is an author you’ll read whatever they release?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)