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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
HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5InspirationalMarch 16, 2015HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI thoroughly enjoyed Miracle in a Dry Season. It truly showed how people react in good times and in bad. People most of the time are looking for a miracle and they will latch onto anything that remotely looks like a miracle to help them through the hard times.
I'm torn as to which character is actually the hero in this book. Perla has great qualities but I think that Casewell Phillips is actually the hero. Even though he has reservations about Perla's past, he steps up to help her every time. He is a genuinely good man who wants to get married and have a family but no one really catches his eye.
Perla has a gift - she can cook great meals that seem to go on and on and feed the multitudes which of course causes many to look at her with suspicion but when a drought hits the area and no one has any food, most welcome her meals. A mother who is at her wits end with her little boy and his constant ear issues believes that Perla can heal him.
Miracle in a Dry Season is an amazing story of faith and how we need to forgive and forget people's sins because we are all sinners. No one sin is greater than any other. It made me think about how I judge people and what I should be doing in life.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Healing The Past, Embracing The FutureNovember 25, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sarah Loudin Thomas in her new book, Miracle in a Dry Season published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Perla Long.
From the back cover: In a Drought, Its the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope
Its 1954 and Perla Longs 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. Shes everything hes sought in a woman, but he cant get past the sense that shes hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perlas 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.
In 1954 things were a little different from they are now. For one morals were treated with high regard and having a child out of marriage was not only bad it branded you as a loose woman. Perla has come to Wise to get past that depiction of her but some of the townspeople jump all over it. Casewell is one of the exceptions. He not only falls in love with her immediately he also falls in love with Sadie. And therein lies the story. It is all about healing, getting past your mistakes and not only moving on with your life but finding the future that God has prepared for you. Ms. Loudin Thomas has done an outstanding job of bringing all of these elements together and make them work. And did I mention it is also a romance? I liked the characters and I liked the book, what more can you ask?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. 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.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Story!November 22, 2014Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miracle in a Dry Season is a story I won't soon forget. It is written in a gentle, yet straightforward way. The author's writing style made me feel that I was truly back in West Virginia during the 1950's.
The book is full of interesting characters. Some are accepting of the young mother and daughter who have moved into town, and others have nothing but condemnation for them. I really enjoyed the way that the author revealed things in this story, whether it was revealing past secrets and sins, or exposing judgmental attitudes. It was done well.
The romance is gentle and sweet. Perla and Casewell have plenty of failings, yet they try their best. There are events that can only be explained as miraculous, and the importance of recognizing God's grace and forgiveness in our lives is clear.
I look forward to reading more books in this Appalachian Blessings series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5nice romanceNovember 6, 2014ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a very good read. It ended up a little different than I thought it would but I liked it. Perla Sadie and Casewell all end up working well together and help solve each other's problems. I look forward to more books by Sarah. I received a copy of this from Bethany House for afair and honest opinion.
Nancee4 Stars Out Of 5A revealing story about peopleNovember 3, 2014NanceeQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Life in a small town has numerous advantages but the challenges of difficult times can set neighbor against neighbor. A drought in the mid-1950s in Wise, West Virginia affects the community in a mighty way. Suspicions become judgments and ordinary people become enemies. Perla is an unwed mother whose aunt and uncle provide her and her child a loving home. Casewell Phillips is a woodworking bachelor who has felt little love from his father but lives the life of a faith-filled man. Unfortunately the majority of the community are suspicious gossips unable to overcome their propensity to point fingers.
This debut novel is written with a great deal of insight into the human condition. Characters are defined and believable, illustrating the shortcomings in all of us. In difficult times the worst in people is exposed, as well as the best in others. As Perla cooks for a starving community she is suspected of being a witch because her penchant for cooking ultimately feeds many with little provisions. Others see it as a miracle. Casewell is scorned for the time he spends assisting Perla, but a man of faith doesn't judge others. The pastor of the local church preaches hellfire and brimstone as he points out the sins of his congregation. Ultimately trust is destroyed.
The author has a great talent for depicting people where they truly live, some hateful, suspicious and quick to pass judgment, and others with open hearts and minds, accepting of others no matter the circumstances. Faith is a strong theme running throughout this story. Descriptive elements are strong and lead the reader to envision the setting in detail. I think that this author has a brilliant career in the making, and I highly recommend this debut novel. It's not a book that I read in one night but I enjoyed the book very much. I'm hopeful there will be a sequel.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network's Club For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.