Book Review: On Shifting Sand

On Shifting Sand
Allison Pittman

     Set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era, On Shifting Sand tells the story of Nola Merrill. After her mother died and left her with a father who withheld love, Nola searched for an escape.  She thought she’d found her escape in Russ, a local pastor, but she was wrong. As the height of the Dust Bowl hits her tiny Oklahoma town, Nola finds that she’s still not satisfied with her life. This comes to a head when Russ’ friend from the past, Jim, makes an appearance at their home. Nola begins to find everything she thought she was missing through a relationship with Jim. When she commits the ultimate betrayal of her marriage vows, she finds herself weighed down in shame.  So weighed down that she eventually winds up in the hospital, barely hanging onto her life. When at last she finally admits her betrayal, she’s life to wonder if her husband’s love will be strong enough to hold them together when everything feels hopeless.

     Though the story told is in this story is one that has been told by multiple authors, what really sets it apart is how Pittman takes to reader right into the middle of the Dust Bowl. This is the third book I’ve read by Pittman and I’m always amazed at how well she researches the time periods her stories are set in, it’s so well written that it seems to use time travel to take the reader right there into the store. I found this book to be even more interesting that some of her others because my family lived through the Dust Bowl, eventually making their way from Oklahoma to California. While I’d heard stories before Pittman took my understand to a much deeper level with her descriptions and insight. I really enjoyed reading Nola’s story, but I was a bit annoyed by the fact that the resolution happens in the last chapter.  I really wished that the story had a chance to develop even further after that point, it almost feels as if there was more story to be told but not enough pages to tell it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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