Friday, October 10, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)
Publisher: Bethany House
5 Stars

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will you Father forgive your trespasses.
                                     -Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)

Book Description:

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.
Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

My Review:

This is a debut novel for this author.  The author brings a touching story about a small community set in 1954.  It's a story that will evoke many emotions and grab your heart.  This story is wonderfully written.  It's about new beginnings, trust, forgiveness, love and faith.  The well developed characters will pull the reader in, but the vivid imagery and great storyline keeps them turning the pages. 
Perla Long is looking for a fresh start for both she and Sadie,  her daughter.  She has made mistakes in her life, but truly doesn't want them to define her entire life.  Moving to Wise, Virginia to live with her aunt and uncle is the first step in making a new life for them. Unfortunately tight lipped gossips and self righteous people begin to questions everything about Perla and her daughter.  Can Perla and Sadie have a new start?  Who can Perla trust?  Does she have enough faith to see her through these trying times?  Can she forgive those she has wronged or who have wronged her? Will she find love? 
I was given this book by Bethany House through Book Club for a honest review free of bias or outside influence as stated above.
Meet the Author
Sarah Loudin Thomas
I’m a Christian, wife, fundraiser and writer living near Asheville, NC. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV. I used to say “rural WV,” but realized that’s largely redundant. I LOVE my home state and the fact that I’m the seventh generation to grow up on the family farm. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. I want you to be as wild about these hazy, blue mountains and the wonderful people who live in them as I am.


  1. Thanks for such a lovely review!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Sarah. I loved this story and look forward to reading more from you. Blessings