From front cover to final page, this unique story is inviting and surprising. The simple country life is not always so simple. The rural haven of Wise, West Virginia is home to a group of people who have a lot to learn and love along the way. Readers will undoubtedly be challenged as well. As this book delicately navigates through the issues of jaded pasts, judgement, and forgiveness, I enjoyed the journey of the characters and how they grew in faith and found freedom in God’s unconditional love.
I appreciated the unique approach to this story, with the complicated combination of Perla’s special gift and her controversial past. The honest portrayal of individuals struggling with their faith, pride, and dreams made the characters all very relatable. However, I still didn’t connect to them as much as I had hoped to. The story seemed to be much more about Casewell than Perla as I originally expected. I liked him, but I had a little difficulty following and believing his sudden switch from judging Perla to loving her. I liked how he pursued her. I just wished their relationship had unfolded a little more on the page for me to cheer them on. 😉 The story read a little slow and predictable for me at times, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
One little reading tip… don’t read this book when you’re hungry. There is some delicious meals described throughout the story. Perla is quite the cook. Your stomach will be growling along with Casewell’s. 🙂
Miracle in a Dry Season asks some powerful questions and paints a beautiful picture of true forgiveness, redemption, and love. It’s a story where the people aren’t perfect, but their God most certainly is.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.
A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.
Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading. For more information, visit her website: http://sarahloudinthomas.com/.
If you missed my interview with Sarah on Tuesday, you can read it here.