I picked up Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas because of the beautiful cover, much like I did for her previous book.
"When a family tragedy
derails Henry Phillips's college studies, he's left unmoored and feeling
abandoned. Although Henry tries to find escape in bad company, the only
things that can tamp down his anger and grief are the family farm, his
fiddle, and sweet but unusual pre-teen Mayfair Hoffman.
Mayfair's older sister, Margaret, with the freckles and cute, turned-up
nose, has the opposite effect. Worse, she's his grandmother's
housekeeper and helper, so she's always around and ready to push his
buttons. At first he thinks she doesn't care about his loss, before
beginning to understand she's facing her own struggles. Mayfair's health
and unique gift sit at the heart of those worries, and Henry and
Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as both Henry's
future and Mayfair's life are put at risk."
Yes, it's a romance, but not overly so. It wasn't eye-roll inducing so I was able to stand it. :)
My issue with it is that much like Thomas' first book, there was paranormal (or is it supernatural) activity that is never explained, never really even questioned. "A healer" who can just heal by touching seems a bit far fetched. Also, without giving away too much, there is a "situation" in the book that the big question is never answered. It's an important enough question that both Henry or Margaret should have asked it.
With those two issues aside, it was a good book. I'd recommend it for someone who wants an easy summer read.
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.