Miracle in a Dry Season - Sarah Loudin Thomas - Review
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.
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. Married with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.
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This book is a heartwarming story of Perla and Casewell - their uncanny relationship and the strange circumstances surrounding the drought in the town of Wise. Despite the happenings in Wise and Perla's undeniable background they seem drawn to each other.
Perla has a young daughter, and is unwed, hence bringing much judgmental feelings and talk her way. Especially when the rain stops after she arrives. She also has a supernatural ability with food - no matter how much she cooks - there always seems to be enough to feed everyone. People can't understand it, and as most people react when they are afraid - they judge her, reject her, and hurt her. Casewell is a man of God, starts out the same as others, but something in him changes. He sees Perla's heart, her vulnerabilities, her ability to forgive others and love. Eventually, his attitude changes, but will that be enough. Can you fight a town full of people, is love enough? This novel depicts love, forgiveness, and healing and faith. Many of the characters hearts are open to change, but it doesn't always come easy. I think you will enjoy this Sarah's debut novel. And I look forward to seeing what she will write in the future.