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. 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
  2. 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.

  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Never judge, always forgive
    October 26, 2014
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Miracle in a Dry Season was much more than a book to sit down for reading pleasure. It was a book that really had its teachable moments but not in a preachy way. It had those moments within the story and being the story. With a vibe of the Scarlet Letter, a bit of the story about the adulterous woman whom Jesus said those without sin could cast the first stone, and a touch of the miracle of the five loaves and fishes, than you have a recipe for a stand out book. This book takes place in Wise, West Virginia, 1954, where the folks there dish out plenty of gossip and are skimpy with the forgiveness. It showed how sin is sin and all of it is harmful. How gossip and slander can be just as hurtful to a person as adultery. How being judgmental and unforgiving can blind you to your own faults and you begin to believe you are better than someone else, even to the point of hatred. Perla, an unwed mother, has come to stay with her aunt and uncle to escape the talk of her parents town only to run into the same type of people. However, when a severe drought hits and the only hope the town has is coming from the one person whom they have rejected and slandered, will they be able to put down their prejudices and superstitions to get the help they need or will they choose to starve? With poignant storytelling and eye opening truths, this is a book that I wont soon forget. I received my copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
  4. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enchanting Debut!
    October 23, 2014
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    An enchanting debut, written with the depth and sincerity of a seasoned writer, while being deliciously flavored with the innocence of a talent just emerging. Meet characters who are the kind of people one might find in any small town during the 1950s, but they become like family by the end of the book. Experience a range of emotions; intrigue, enjoyment, disgust, sadness, regret and sincere happiness. Admire Thomas' artful ability to create a story that seems vaguely familiar, yet altogether distinctive in its raw display of honesty and forgiveness.

    When Perla Long arrives in Wise, West Virginia with her young daughter in tow, Casewell Phillips cannot help but take notice. The lovely mother and her precocious little girl are eye-catching, to say the least. But when Perla spontaneously dumps her life-story at Casewell's feet, he turns his back on her; like everyone else in their close-knit town. But he cannot erase her image from his mind and determines to, at the very least, befriend her; even when the entire town is skeptical of her seemingly miraculous abilities.

    Beyond the surface of this book, other lives are being changed along with Perla's emergence. A father and son need to reconcile, two elderly sisters need to resolve decades-old heart aches, a heretical preacher needs to be purged from his congregation and a young woman needs to be freed from her guilt and open to love.

    "Miracle in a Dry Season" displays many valuable life lessons from the truths of Scriptures, while at the same time telling us a beautiful story!
  5. 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.
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