Miracle in a Dry Season  -     By: Sarah Loudin Thomas
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It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the small 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 way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212257
ISBN-13: 9780764212253
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Wonderful, simply wonderful. A story of love, healing, and forgiveness sure to grip the heart of every reader.
--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.

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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

Author Bio

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.

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  1. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story!
    November 22, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    nice romance
    November 6, 2014
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A revealing story about people
    November 3, 2014
    Nancee
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  4. West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enjoyable Read
    October 27, 2014
    Jean
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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
  5. St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lesson in forgiveness and trusting God
    October 27, 2014
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A lesson in forgiveness

    Miracle in a Dry Season is a great book about forgiveness and trusting God in the dry seasons of life. I enjoyed reading the progression of each of the characters as they were confronted with their preconceived ideas and beliefs.

    The first few chapters reminded me of the old TV show The Waltons because of some of the characters in the small town of Wise, West Virginia. There was John boy in the character of Casewell. Casewell was a good ole boy with high morals and like John Boy- he had a passion in his life. Only Casewells passion was woodworking and music rather than becoming an author. Also prominent members of the community were two elder sisters living together who seemed to like knowing what was happening in the little town and had a past of their own which was eventually revealed.

    Perla was also a main character in this story. She was a woman with a past who constantly was being judged by those around her. And she was faced with the decision of whether to become bitter or better. She also needed to recognize her own self-worth in Gods eyes. When she meets Casewell, it caused him to face his own sense of right and wrong. Will he cast the first stone at Perla or will he each past his own sense of righteousness to see Perlas heart?

    Miracle in a Dry Season is a light read with a lot of interesting characters. There were a lot of lessons learned and moments of introspection. It was well written and very touching story.

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