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  1. Miracle in a Dry Season
    Miracle in a Dry Season
    Sarah Loudin Thomas
    Bethany House / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Lini536
    Cambridge, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "Judge ye not you shall be judged.."
    August 26, 2014
    Lini536
    Cambridge, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Meeting a beautiful woman with a growling stomach isn't how Cresswell Philips, the local carpenter, wanted to be introduced to Perla Long. But that's how it happened. The pretty blonde is Delilah's niece (Delilah is the wife of the local store owner) and Perla is staying with them for a indefinite period.

    Cresswell would have thought seriously about asking her out but there was one problem. Perla is a mother to a spritely five year old. How is it that they are here in the 'sleepy' town of Wise, West Virginia? Is she widowed or worse is there no father to speak of? Gossip and slander becomes rife and when a drought begins, the preacher's word is taken as Gospel and the 'harlot' is to blame.

    Can Perla keep living in a town that has condemned her? Her ability of making the smallest amount of food feed a town well, originally thought a gift, is now seen as witchcraft. It's something that she wanted to hide but with the drought there was little choice. And why does she have a need/want to confess everything to Cresswell? Feeling alone and lost, Perla is desperate to leave but knows her heart is slowly but surely clamoring for a certain young man.

    Thomas's plot is a simple one but beautifully told with a strong message. The writing is clean and uncomplicated but her characters are not. Cresswell is immediately likeable and his love for his parents is so strong. Yet when his father becomes seriously ill he becomes even stronger in demeanor and faith. Both this and his growing affection for Perla is leaving him a little lost. Is he able to see past her indiscretion? Was he too hasty to judge?

    I knew from the moment that I finished reading Thomas' novella Appalachian Serenade that I was going to thoroughly enjoy Miracle in a Dry Season. And, I wasn't wrong. I loved every page - an outstanding debut novel. The tone is gentle, evenly paced and its charismatic, lovable characters with God-fearing yet down to earth attitudes makes this a wholly complete work. It's a homely story which envelopes you in a warm blanket of cosiness. A highly recommended read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
  2. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Here to Stay
    August 26, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For me, the novel was hard to get caught up in at first, partly because I like to try and figure out where the author is leading a reader, especially a new author. Part of the reason it seemed to take awhile for me to get lost in the story was having just buried my father earlier in the week. Once I got further into the tale, it took hold of my heart and I stayed up all night reading till I finished the whole book.

    The tale reminded me of many biblical teachings such as a prophet is told to marry a harlot to show Israel in a real way what God was working in the hearts of His people. Later on in the book, I saw themes of complete forgiveness, discerning the real intentions of a person, and reconciliation. Perla is a woman who sinned and as a result had a child out of wedlock. Because the gossip was so hard on her family, she moved in with her aunt and uncle in another town to start fresh. However, as time goes by it seems the judgment of people along with gossip is ruining any opportunity Perla has to serve and live in the town.

    Caswell is a single man living in the town when Perla moves in the house with her relatives. He hears the gossip and finds himself failing to withhold judgment. Caswell and his father have a strained relationship, but both love woodworking and seeing the beauty of a finished product. As Caswell seeks the Lord for direction through prayer, it seems to him as though the Lord is silent. As the town is on the verge of starvation due to a prolonged drought, the same drought seems to be what is happening to peoples spiritual life. What will it take for rain to fall from the skies to refresh their crops? What is the answer to refreshing their parched souls?

    Readers will get caught up in the activity such as the panting of the towns souls for God, relationships that need reconciliation along with hearts that need mending. Characters seem like ordinary everyday people, searching for the strength and reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other even when the temptation to quit is pulling the people of the town apart. Please dont miss reading a novel that will challenge your views, grab your heart and turning pages long after the sun goes down.
  3. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    August 26, 2014
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My first introduction to Sarah Thomas' writing was her novella Appalachian Serenade. That story sets the stage for Miracle in a Dry Season. I was thoroughly enchanted by that tale and the characters. I couldn't wait for the release of Miracle in a Dry Season just to find out where the story was going.

    The time frame is the mid '50s and the setting is the rural community of Wise, West Virginia. The main character is Perla Long. She's a young mother that has come to stay with her aunt and uncle to hopefully escape some of the nasty things being said about her in her hometown.

    Perla is looking for a chance to start fresh with her daughter and she's hoping that is possible in Wise. Unfortunately small towns are small towns. Tongues begin to wag and speculations abound. The one person that Perla confides in begins to distance himself from her. A never married woman with a child is like a pariah in a pious church congregation.

    Through a very dire set of circumstances the townspeople begin to realize that they need the gifts that God has bestowed upon Perla. The journey through the crisis is a heart rending experience for everyone. Casewell Phillips is attracted to Perla, but he just can't seem to get past the idea of her having a child out of wedlock. But as the days go on and he begins to submit to God's leading, he teams up with Perla to help the townspeople.

    Miracle in a Dry Season is a beautiful love story. It reminds you that God's ways are not our ways. Things that seem to be a stumbling block can easily be removed when God is in control. It is also a story about forgiveness. We're reminded that we are called to forgive just as we've been forgiven. That also pertains to forgiving ourselves and continuing on the path that has been set before us.

    I look forward to reading more of Sarah Thomas' work in the future. If this debut novel is any indication of what her potential is, I'm betting we're going to be reading her novels for some time to come.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  4. Rachael Merritt
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartouching story of love and Forgiveness
    August 23, 2014
    Rachael Merritt
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Miracle in a Dry Season - eBook.
    A simple but wonderful story of love and forgiveness. In 1954, Perla Long comes to the small town of Wise, West Virginia with her daughter. She had sinned, and she knew it. However, she also knew that God had forgiven her, and she loved her previous daughter,Sadie.

    However, others in town are so quick to judge her. The Scarlet Letter is mentioned in this book, and it reminded me of it a bit. How quick and easy it is to judge some one else even when we ourselves know we have plenty of sins that need to be forgiven. As the book so well points out, God doesn't give a scale for our sins. If we break one commandment, we have broken them all!

    Case well Phillips is drawn to Perla and her precious daughter. Yet when Perla reveals the truth, he pulls away like the rest in town. However, as he studies his Bible and God works on his heart, he realizes the truth of " all have sinned" and the freeing truth of love and forgiveness- even in his own family.

    This is a touching story of forgiveness( Gods, others, and even forgiving ourselves) , love, and faith. My favorite character truly was Sadie. The little girl is so incredibly precious. Wonderful read that I enjoyed!
  5. Julie
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply Charming!
    August 22, 2014
    Julie
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Miracle in a Dry Season is simply charming. The novel unfolds in a small mountain community of Wise, West Virginia, in the year of 1954. As the people of the small Applachain town experience a lingering drought, they become, even more than before, judgmental and condemning toward the newcomer Perla. Perla is the young niece of the local general store owners, Robert and Delilah Thornton. With a child beside her, and no husband, she continues to embrace the very people who condemn her. However, in the midst of the drought -stricken town, Perla finds redemption and healing of her own heart. The same forgiveness and love trickles down into the driest of hearts in Wise as it transforms circumstances and lives.

    A delightful novel exposing the true uniqueness of the mountain community of West Virginia is sure to capture its reader. The story of redemption is woven throughout the chrarcters' lives to create a reality that begs the heart to forgive and be forgiven. I recommend this book to readers that are expecting to be taken back in time to a place where a dry season resulted in refreshed hearts.

    I received a complimentary copy of Miracle in a Dry Season, a contemporary fiction book, by author Sarah Loudin Thomas, from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.
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