“On Shifting Sand” by Allison Pittman, book review
The wind is blowing, again, and Nola is just trying to keep her little apartment above the store clean. But it is an impossible task, as the wind never stops. It blows and blows.
In the little town of Featherling, OK, the residents are just trying to stay alive during what would be termed the Dust Bowl. This area was literally drying up and blowing away, as the drought and wind suck the life from the land and its people. Russ is the pastor of the little church and lives with Nola and their 2 children above the feed and seed store, which Nola inherited from her uncle.
When an old school mate of Russ’s comes to town, Nola realizes she is attracted to him and he to her. Through a series of unfortunate events, they give in to their temptation and begin an adulterous relationship. As time marches on, the weather continues to weaken the people of Featherling, including Nola, who ends up in the hospital from malnourishment. She is plagued by her sin and knows that the dust is her punishment.
This was an interesting book to read. At times the plot seemed to drag, as the situation of the people was so terrible, with no hope in sight. And as Nola continues to dwell in her sin, it actually becomes a bit depressing. But the author does show the incredible power of forgiveness and the healing that it brings.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.