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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
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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
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5miracle in a dry season reviewSeptember 10, 2014beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female"Miracle in a Dry Season" by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a Christian novel told through the eyes of Casewell, a 35 year old bachelor living in West Virginia in 1954. A new woman with a 5 year old in tow comes to Wise, WV and catches the eye of the town's leading bachelor. Soon after Perla arrives in Wise, a drought strikes the area and leads the local preacher to blame Perla for the drought. Seems to think it is punishment for having a child out of wedlock. Then the witch hunt is on.
This book was a hard book to get into. I never really came to care much about the characters. The witch hunt seems a little ridiculous for 1954; more for a 1354 era really. The book is well written. Characters seem well developed. The writer just could not bring me into the story. The cancer storyline was deeper and more realistic. I give it three stars.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet prose, encouraging truth about forgivenessSeptember 9, 2014BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was pleasantly surprised by this book, Miracle in a Dry Season. The author's prose did not initially draw me in but her voice was poetic and she was able to develop the characters in such a way that I began to hear their voices as I read, after that I could not put the book down.
Perla Long arrives to the small town of Wise with her young daughter in 1954. She comes to live with her aunt and uncle and with no husband to speak of, she hopes to start a fresh. But, a long drought accompanies her arrival and causes a stir as the small town grapples with whether or not the Lord is punishing unrepentant sin.
Ironically, Perla has a gift that is able to bless many. In their fear, the townspeople wrongly place blame and judge Perla as the cause of their drought. Casewell Phillips is one of the townspeople and an elder of the church. As a bachelor, he is drawn to Perla but initially judges her harshly, as well.
As the drought worsens, Casewell realizes that Perla's gift will likely save lives. Even more than that, he comes to realizes that his judgement of her was unwarranted - an that he was the one that should be seeking forgiveness.
Thomas poetically weaves Casewell and Perla's story clearly demonstrating their expectation and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the reminder that we all have many sins that we must deal with before we begin to look with judgement upon others. I'm always grateful when novels are able to point me back to the truth found in God's word and remind me of my standing before a holy God.
GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Author creates a wonderful feeling of down homeSeptember 8, 2014GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miracle in a Dry Season is all about community, family and the body of believers we call Church. This novel's setting is West Virginia in the 1950's. Sometimes the standards we cling to become more of a habit than a conviction; we forget the human element and the very reason why we have family, church, and community at all--the failings and frailty of humanity, the need to protect each other and share with each other, offering our friends, family and neighbors forbearance, tolerance and forgiveness.
The author's storytelling skills help us become immediately immersed in the feeling of down-home cozy, where the reader gets to know all the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in the town of Wise. We care when people turn on each other in bad times, and we rejoice when someone rises above it all and demonstrates selflessness. When an author can get their readers invested in the outcome of a story in this way, you know it's good writing.
Ms. Thomas also makes good use of metaphors in this book. As I got involved with the plot, I could easily see that there was more than one type of "dry season" being lived out in the story. The more literal dry season brought out the worst in some peoples' personalities, while the other dry season brought out the best in others'. It was so typical of reactions I've seen in tough times that I knew the author is a true student of human nature and behavior. In addition, if you look carefully, you find more than a couple miracles in this book.
Another thing I enjoyed in this story is the delightful way the romance is developed. I could see it happening step by step as I read, in spite of the ugliness of the circumstances around them. I couldn't help but want to root for the couple to overcome the many obstacles in their way.
For me, the best part of the tale involved the spiritual awakening of many of the ailing congregation, especially of those who had treated Perla the worst. The Biblical tenets many of the characters learned are as relevant and important for us today as they were for the townsfolk in their time period. These are truths that emphasize the importance of faith in Christ, human inter-relationships, family, community and church fellowship.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher's Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Judging, Loving and ForgivingSeptember 7, 2014Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a heartwarming story of Perla and Casewell - their uncanny relationship and the strange circumstances surrounding the drought in the town of Wise. Despite the happenings in Wise and Perla's undeniable background they seem drawn to each other.
Perla has a young daughter, and is unwed, hence bringing much judgmental feelings and talk her way. Especially when the rain stops after she arrives. She also has a supernatural ability with food - no matter how much she cooks - there always seems to be enough to feed everyone. People can't understand it, and as most people react when they are afraid - they judge her, reject her, and hurt her.
Casewell is a man of God, starts out the same as others, but something in him changes. He sees Perla's heart, her vulnerabilities, her ability to forgive others and love. Eventually, his attitude changes, but will that be enough. Can you fight a town full of people, is love enough?
This novel depicts love, forgiveness, and healing and faith. Many of the characters hearts are open to change, but it doesn't always come easy. I think you will enjoy this Sarah's debut novel. And I look forward to seeing what she will write in the future.
I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Program in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided.
LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Miracle in a Dry SeasonSeptember 3, 2014LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleOne of the best books I have read in a long time, I just couldn't put it down. The story takes place in 1954 in a small town in WV. Perla Long and her daughter Sadie move their to try to hide from Perla's past. She meets Casewell Phillips an upstanding bachelor in the community. Is he willing to forgive Perla of her past? The town experiences a severe drought. Perla has unique gifts, but will her gifts hurt or help the town. This is a story, of faith, forgiveness and fear. This is an uplifting book that I recommend highly!!!!