ON SHIFTING SAND
Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.
When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414390440
- ISBN-13: 978-1414390444
A world without rain, The Oklahoma Dustbowl. The wind blows the sand and the dirt and grit slides through every sheltering wall. As the wind blows the sky gets as dark as night. This is the world where Nola's story begins. Her surroundings are totally parched and she is a thirsty woman. There seems to be no life here, the Dustbowl takes every bit of life away, sweeps across the plain and takes everything in its path.
This Oklahoma Dustbowl brought a stranger into it. He's a drifter, a friend of Nola's husband. To put it bluntly Jim and Nola have an affair. There will probably be two reactions to this. This isn't Christian, it's Adultery? The other reaction is that I won't read that.
Nola's story is one of complication. She's hard to figgure out and tht may be why some readers don't like her. Nola had a hard childhood, a dominating father and her Half-Breed Indian mother dying early. Nola is married to a man of kindness and integrity, a preacher. Church surrounds her, but she is a loner. Her children are deeply loved but the affection for some reason scares her. Maybe because she didn't have much when she was young. She feels she is in a situation that she can't fix and she's in a prison with herself as the jailer. She's all of this and more. When she becomes involved with Jim Brace she isn't even sure why she became involved with him. I as a reader doesn't understand either. Perhaps she thought she didn't deserve anything better. That she needed to punish herself in some way. Maybe she couldn't face the person she was. Sometimes we are scared to look at the real self that we are. Being faithful isn't just to your husband or family but to your God and soemtimes we forget that God is there whenever we need him. I would recommend this book to anyone, to go back to a part of history that you do not want to ever live through; A woman must understand that becoming a better person has to come from outside the person and above, from God.
I was given a complimentary copy of ON SHIFTING SAND from the author, Allison Pittman and Litfuse Blogging Network for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, Allison Pittman has penned more than twelve novels, including her series set in the Roaring Twenties----"All for a Son, All for a Story, and All for a Sister; Allison resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Mike, their three sons, and the canine star of the family-----Stella.
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