Bethany House Publishers
Available: July 29, 2014
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Romance
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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1954 - - - an unwed mother - - - - a mysterious giftI enjoyed the first novella, Appalachian Serenade, by Sarah Loudin Thomas. This novella introduced some of the characters found in Miracle in a Dry Season. As we get reacquainted with the original characters, Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces us to more of the townspeople of Wise, West Virginia. The characters are well-developed and their behavior gave a true sense of the life and times of the Appalachian people. The story made me miss the simpler times when people spent time together – square dances and community suppers.
As much as I enjoyed Perla’s “gift,” it did not fit with the rest of the story. Overall, I look forward to reading more of Sarah Loudin Thomas’ novels in the future.
My rating: A-
4 out of 5 stars
I received a complimentary e-copy of Miracle in a Dry Season from Bethany House Publishing and NetGalley for my honest review.