Review: On Shifting Sands by Allison Pitman

January 11, 2016

Title: On Shifting Sand
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 383
ISBN: 978-1-4143-904-4
Publication Date: March 20th, 2015

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.
This is only the second book by Allison Pittman that I have read, but I am sold on her story telling. Allison has such a talent in bringing you fully into the story and submerging you to where you feel apart of all that is going on.

On Shifting Sands focuses on a very hard topic, but one that is really an ageless topic. It is something that many families have had to deal with, worked to fix, or have fallen apart over. It is a story that even though set before the dust bowl of the mid-west, can still be understood and empathized with in today's world in some form or fashion.

This story shows the issues and pain that this issue causes. It doesn't glamorize or condone the actions, but shows the heartbreak and pain that go along with it in the whole family.

On Shifting Sands was just a beautifully written story and it was so hard to put down. The detail and the characters all worked amazingly well. They kept pushing me to find out what was going to happen next and how things were going to turn out.

I really enjoyed this book and the storytelling. I honestly can't wait read more books by Allison Pitman.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Award-winning author Allison Pittman has penned more than twelve novels, including her series set in the Roaring Twenties—All for a Song, 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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Thank you to Tyndale Blog Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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