Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season: A Book Review

 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.

You can read an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season here, in PDF format
About The Author:

 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.

My Review:

For me, one of the signs of a great novel is that it tugs at my heartstrings and hits me where I am through the characters' lives and story lines. While I have read some incredible novels in my life and even recently, none have resonated so deeply as reading Miracle in a Dry Season. I was absolutely floored as I read it. And NEVER has a debut novel impacted so much. If this novel is any indiction, author Sarah Loudin Thomas is set to have a very prolific and successful writing career to be sure.

The story is set in 1950's Appalachia and the main theme is one that so many of us can relate to - being in a desert place and coming out of it with joy versus bitterness. The writing style was such that the story flowed nicely and it was a quick read. The characters were real, endearing and I loved the progression of their journey to forgiveness and grace.

Forgiveness is a strong theme and it was wonderful to journey with the characters as they travelled the emotional, oft heartbreaking times they did. I loved that scripture and Biblical principles were spread throughout the book, without being overly preachy or "in your face".

An inspiring, emotional, book that would be a wonderful gift idea for any historical Christian fiction fan in your life (and even for yourself!).

I highly recommend the book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Miracle In A Dry Season online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. So glad to have found your heartstrings! Thanks for sharing that you enjoyed Miracle in a Dry Season.