Miracle in a Dry Season
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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.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: Available to ship on or about 09/01/14.
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--Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author
In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope
It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy 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 gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.
This debut novel is splendid. The story is genuine and heartfelt, with just a touch of the Divine. A story of forgiveness and reckoning, and realizing love does cover a multitude of sins. Thomas will be a go-to author after you read Miracle in a Dry Season.
--Rachel Hauck, bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and Once Upon a Prince
Charming, whimsical, and intelligently written, Miracle in a Dry Season is a beautiful debut novel!
--Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author of Promises to Keep
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Refreshing ReadAugust 19, 2014kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So many times, I don't really ponder the title of a book, I just dive right in. In the middle of this story I realized that the title was actually what the book was about: Miracle in a Dry Season. This book was an easy read, and full of humor, surprises, and drama. It was just what I needed. The author did a great job, because in the midst of one of the coolest summers in my memory, I was experiencing drought conditions as I read through the book. The author nailed human weakness and fickleness in so many characters, and highlighted God's grace and the power of forgiveness. And miracles! I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to more books from Sarah Loudin Thomas. I won a copy of this book from the publisher and have happily given my honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A thought provoking novelAugust 17, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a compelling novel. No, there is no suspenseful action that makes you turn pages. Nor is there intense emotion that propels you to the next page. It is just one of those novels that, when you finish, you sigh and say, "That was a good novel."
The novel centers on Perla, who has come to the town of Wise unwed and with a five year old daughter. The other main character is Casewell, a young man who befriends her. Shortly after Perla arrives, a terrible drought plagues the town. The blame is set squarely on Perla by the local preacher and the town's gossiping citizens.
There is so much to think about in this novel, where do I start?
Perla has a gift from God but others don't understand and call it witchcraft. Perla feels the burden of a misunderstood gift from God. She struggles with being faithful to her gifting, rejecting the harsh words of others. And I am reminded of the times I may have misunderstood God's gifts, especially when they are so different from my own.
Perla is not accepted into the close knit community. She is different and obviously a sinner. I am reminded of the times I may not have accepted someone else because they were "different."
In the novel the town drunk gives forgiveness easily while the righteous hold on tight. The righteous are quick to judge Perla, too. Her sin is so obvious in the person of her sweet five year old daughter. Judging someone else's obvious sin is so much easier than admitting the well hidden ones we have within.
Yes, there is much to think about in this novel. A good discussion guide is included so this would make a fine choice for reading groups.
The Lord works in mysterious ways. In reading this novel you will be reminded of some of them. And the "miracle in a dry season"? Well, there were so many, I'm not sure which one the author meant.
I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awakening from the DroughtAugust 11, 2014mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this story to be fresh and believable within its time period and geographic setting. Casewell Phillips is ready for some change and Perla Long's arrival to town provides just that. Add a summer drought to Perla's intrigue as an unwed mother. It's a drought and suffering of the the worse degree and it has been cast on the people of Wise, WV for their sins, so says the misguided pastor of the story. Casewell, an upstanding bachelor, struggles with his definition of levels of sin. It's a story about casting stones and a story about examining one's own missteps. It's also a story of awakening and renewal which is well-written and emotive. Thanks to Bethany House for providing me a copy for review in my own words.
katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful and easy readingAugust 10, 2014katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThis book is a beautiful story of God working in mysterious ways. Take a small town in the 1950's where everyone knows everyone else's business, introduce a mysterious woman with a child out-of-wedlock, and open the doors to show God's love and forgiveness.
From the beginning, I was drawn into the small town of Wise, West Virginia, where the people are so locked into the traditions of religion that they don't know that they are experiencing a spiritual drought. But when Perla Long enters the scene with her young daughter, Sadie, the town gossips start wagging their tongues. Before long, the town is experiencing a real drought with no signs of rain in the near future, and they are ready to blame the newcomer.
When Casewell Phillips begins helping Perla to fit into the small town, he starts to realize just how desolate things have been until the young mother arrived in town. But when Perla begins to offer help by cooking for the town, people find something else to talk about - the way there seems to always be an abundance of food when Perla cooks. From town harlot to town witch, Perla gives the people a person to blame for the season of drought.
Through it all, Perla shows grace, love, and forgiveness. But can the town accept her God-given gifts and recover from both the physical drought and the spiritual drought?
I loved this story. There was such a clear message throughout that God is still able to work miracles and to love and forgive us even when we don't know we need it. This story was a beautiful reminder to me that God is still in the business of performing miracles and is always ready to forgive us for our sins.
I hope that I see more stories from this writer as I think she has a God-given talent.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Miracle in a dry seasonAugust 9, 2014gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON
A novel by Sarah Loudin Thomas
A heartfelt story-taking place in mid-1950's in a small West Virginia town. A young girl and her daughter move in with her aunt and uncle who own the local general store. Rumors start in this small town and bring out a lot of bad feelings. The main character, a young woodworker tries his best to help the young girl even though he has his own problems with his sick dad and a local preacher. To add to the problems the area is hit hard by a drought. The story is well written and details of the characters and the 50's timeline make you feel you are there and know the people. The author added a Bible based background and used scripture verses in the story.
The story shows how people can make mistakes in life and can be forgiven, how a forgiving heart and a strong faith is needed in life. The story also shows how people can join together in times of trouble and help each other. This is a love story, a story of forgiveness and a story of cruelty. I found the book very easy reading and the storyline kept my interest through the book.
I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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