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. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story, loved the setting
    October 15, 2014
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an interesting book, that I enjoyed very much. Set in the Appalachians, in West Virginia, I was hooked immediately. One of the things that interested me the most was the fickle nature of the community. They swung wide and fast from opinion to opinion. They were led by a religious fanatic who had evil thoughts, who tried to shame them into repentenance, when his own heart was full of evilness. My favorite character of this story was Casewell, he was steady and when he had doubts he was honest with himself about those doubts.Actually I have to also add that I loved the twin sisters Liza and Angela, they put me in rememberance of the sisters from the Waltons. A very good book for this debut! 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only by the publisher, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. No payment was received for this review.
  2. Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A gift and a miracle awesome read!
    October 14, 2014
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An affirmed bachelor and a new-in-town single mother meet each other at church doesnt it sound like part of a recipe for a modern romance novel? In a small 1954 farming community, however, caution signs abound. Add a heavy drought and a deeply disturbed pastor, and a recipe for disaster may simmer in the pot instead. This is the setting for this outstanding drama by Sarah Loudin Thomas, Miracle in a Dry Season.

    There is a draw of sorts between Perla Long and Casewell Phillips from the first time they meet. Has the Lord put them together in this time and place to learn how best to use their gifts to work together to help others, or for something longer than this season of drought? Yet, Perla is less and less anxious for others to see her gift why would anyone want to put their light under a bushel? And why would others choose to see her with suspicion rather than welcome her with grace and Christs love?

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has provided believable, well-rounded characters. Even Pastor Longbourne, while bordering on mental illness, can almost be pictured in all of his indignant crowing and strutting. We can understand and empathize with Casewell, his parents, Perla, and her daughter Sadie. The authors gifts of understanding human behavior and character portrayal brings us colorful, three-dimensional people that she adds shading to so as to show each with their own depth of spirit and soul in the manner of a well-seasoned writer.

    The setting is uncomplicated, a perfect backdrop to not distract from these complex people and circumstances. There were many unexpected occurrences that sweetened the read; some were heartwarming and others sad in other words life. Through the authors gentle prose we see less of the events themselves than we do what the Lord draws out of each person through the circumstances. I would love to hear where Sarah found the inspiration for this one-of-a-kind story! Each of us is given our own dry season(s); I would hope that as a result of reading Miracle in a Dry Season that I would be able to recognize with joy and thanksgiving the miracle that the Lord sends even more, that I could learn to use His gifts to help others in their own droughts.

    If you appreciate Christian drama that is at once realistic, heartwarming, and overall satisfying, you wont want to miss a word of Miracle in a Dry Season. Lord willing, we will see much more from this author in the future!

    I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  3. Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great debut novel
    October 11, 2014
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This is a new author and I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I was in love with the characters and the story. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness and I would definitely recommend it.

    I won this book in an online giveaway and was asked to write a review.
  4. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet, loving story
    October 10, 2014
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Miracle in a Dry Season" is a nice story about a small rural town in the 1950's. The main characters are well developed and the book is easy to read and understand.

    Perla is new in town, and horror or all horrors she is unwed, and has a child! This poor woman is judged poorly, mistreated, and gossiped about ceaselessly. A few folks love her as she is, but most are totally unaccepting of her or her daughter. Perla has a gift that she likes to keep secret, but as it is exposed to people, she is judged even more harshly. This poor woman just can't catch a break. But, perhaps Casewell, the bachelor of the town can help. He is well respected and loved by everyone, will he dare to ruin his reputation by loving a fallen woman? You will have to read the book to find out.

    The story contains a drought, an old love story, a new love story, and pastoral abuse. It also deals with issues like jealously, death, unwed mothers, and forgiveness. Despite the many characters and subject matter, Sarah Loudin Thomas has done a great job writing "Miracle in a Dry Season."

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness
    October 9, 2014
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a debut novel for this author. The author brings a touching story about a small community set in 1954. It's a story that will evoke many emotions and grab your heart. This story is wonderfully written. It's about new beginnings, trust, forgiveness, love and faith. The well developed characters will pull the reader in, but the vivid imagery and great storyline keeps them turning the pages.

    Perla Long is looking for a fresh start for both she and Sadie, her daughter. She has made mistakes in her life, but truly doesn't want them to define her entire life. Moving to Wise, Virginia to live with her aunt and uncle is the first step in making a new life for them. Unfortunately tight lipped gossips and self righteous people begin to questions everything about Perla and her daughter. Can Perla and Sadie have a new start? Who can Perla trust? Does she have enough faith to see her through these trying times? Can she forgive those she has wronged or who have wronged her? Will she find love?

    I was given this book by Bethany House through Book Club for a honest review free of bias or outside influence as stated above
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