Sarah 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?
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Miracle 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.
This 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.
Life 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.
What an enjoyable novel!! This book was filled with a variety of
What an enjoyable novel!! This book was filled with a variety of unique situations. A summary: A young mother flees one town, due to severe judgment, only to find that same judgment in her new town treating her as a "harlot"; a pastor preaching sermons of ha...Read More
What an enjoyable novel!! This book was filled with a variety of unique situations. A summary: A young mother flees one town, due to severe judgment, only to find that same judgment in her new town treating her as a "harlot"; a pastor preaching sermons of hate instead of God; a drought that causes lack of food and death to animals; the strange abundance of food at a time of "want"; a cold hearted father whose heart is softened by the innocence and love of a young child; the power and strength behind the phrase "And a child shall lead them"; and the newness of life after the miracle of rain after a season of drought.
This is a book which has as its main theme, forgiveness. It portrays the power people have over the lives of other people and of themselves by way of judgment and unforgiveness.
I will never look at rain as "bothersome" again.
This book was given to me by the author through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review