First Line Friday — The Sowing Season

9 Oct

Happy Friday! Today I am happy to feature The Sowing Season, the debut novel by Katie Powner. This contemporary novel looks so good, and I am eager to start reading it. But in the meantime, here is the startling first line:

Cow manure spewed from the burst pipe and rained down on him like retribution.

After he’s forced to sell the family farm he’s labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn’t know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land — his time, his health, his family — with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.

Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts and fears about The Plan — the detailed blueprint for high school that will help her follow in her lawyer father’s footsteps. She’s always been committed to The Plan, but now that the pressure to succeed is building, what was supposed to unite her family in purpose, may end up tearing it apart.

When their paths cross just as they each need a friend the most, Gerrit’s and Rae’s lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Can they discover together what really matters in life and learn it’s never too late for a second chance?

Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in Montana . . . where cows still outnumber people. She is a two-time OCW Cascade Award and ACFW First Impressions Award winner. Katie loves candy, Jesus, and red shoes (not necessarily in that order) and is a mom to the third power: biological, adoptive, and foster. The Sowing Season is Katie’s first book.

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11 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Sowing Season”

  1. Danielle Grandinetti October 9, 2020 at 7:32 am #

    I’m looking forward to reading this book! I’m currently reading Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad: “Spring should be filled with the scents of apple blossoms and fresh rain, not of sweaty men, wet canvas, and diseased flesh.”

  2. Katie Powner October 9, 2020 at 11:34 am #

    Thanks so much for featuring The Sowing Season, I really appreciate it!

  3. Anneliese Dalaba October 9, 2020 at 11:45 am #

    Happy Friday! I’m currently reading More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer. I’m starting Chapter 23 now, so I’ll share the first line from that chapter. “Logan stood in front of the door he’d barged through as a kid and shuffled his feet.”

  4. Becky October 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Price of Valor” by Susan May Warren:

    “As long as Hamilton Jones had breath in his body, nothing, not even tooth decay, would hurt his little girl.”

    • rbclibrary October 11, 2020 at 5:43 am #

      Cute line!

  5. sassybookishmama October 9, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Phoebe’s Secret by Sydney Tooman Betts. ” A MURDER?” squealed Augie. “A real murder?”

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    • rbclibrary October 11, 2020 at 5:43 am #

      Thanks for sharing.

  6. Paula Shreckhise October 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    From Backlash by Rachel Dylan:

    The incessant knocking on her condo door made Layla Karam grumble as she threw off the covers.

    The Sowing Season is one of my next reads.

    • rbclibrary October 11, 2020 at 5:42 am #

      Backlash is up next for me!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) October 10, 2020 at 8:25 pm #

    Happy Saturday! I’m also sharing about The Sowing Season by Katie Powner for this FLF. 🙂

    • rbclibrary October 11, 2020 at 5:42 am #


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