This was one of the first books I have ever read about the Oklahoma dust bowl during the 1930’s. It was more devastating than I ever thought. It was bad enough to be in a depression but to also have no rain for months on end would have been horrible. I am surprised that anyone would have stayed in those towns. During this time Nola and Russ meet and get married. Russ is a minister of their small church and the run a store which soon makes little money because most people in the town begin to give up and leave. Nola and Russ go through many hardships including one with an old friend named Jim. Can they survive? I think many people will enjoy this but it can be very sad because of the many deprivations they go through. I received this from Tyndale Blog for a fair and honest opinion. 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.