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Miracle in a Dry Season
Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)
Sarah Loudin Thomas
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.
MY REVIEW-I wasn't too sure how I was going to like this one. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was pulled in to the story. Finished it in about 4 hours:) It is set in West Virginia during a time of drought. It felt strangely like I was in the middle of the drought in the Bible.
Casewell(wasn't quite sure how to pronounce his name) is a really sweet bachelor but at one point I wanted to slap him. Perla is the niece of the storekeepers in town. She arrives with a little girl which brings speculation among the townsfolk. Of course, when the drought comes and the preacher starts bringing up that the rain is being held back because people aren't repenting over their sin, everyone starts looking at her. Perla has only confided in a few people over what happened and one of those was Casewell. I had mixed feelings over him and how he reacted to things. Sadie is an absolute doll and I loved her!!
There were a couple other side stories and these were quite enjoyable. Including two little old ladies who were in love with the same man many years ago. I had a minor problem over two things and I will bring them out here. I don't say this in any way to be rude or mean, just want to be honest over some things I saw. This does have something that could be a spoiler so please don't read if you want to be surprised by the story:) One is that Perla doesn't really show any remorse over her sin. Her immoral relationship is shown as a mistake but not really shown as sin. I understand that a woman can do this and then repent over it and her past is forgiven. But the remorse just wasn't there. It is a very fine line between someone repenting and being forgiven and a woman who shows no remorse. The other thing I had a problem with was her miracles. There is a difference between using wood to make things and a woman who makes food and it multiplies. Again, this is my personal opinion. So if things like this don't bother you, pick this one up!! It was interesting and kept my attention through the whole book. Can't wait to see what Sarah has in store for her readers next.
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**