What it’s about: (From the publisher)
Holding Ava”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 is a new author with a refreshing, different style of writing. This book was written mostly from the lead male’s point of view, so that was different than most books in this genre, written by a female, but it was fun and refreshing for me to read. I love that the story went along, with some things concluding and new things happening throughout, without waiting for the very last few pages or chapter to wrap up. The message in a Miracle in a Dry Season is fabulous! I am a single, never-married mom who could relate well to most of this book. While we have come a long way in society with this, I think the Christian “world” still struggles with this at times and still puts sexual sin that results in a child, in another “sin category”. While this is not true for all, and I do not want to make any sort of accusations or generalizations, this is how I feel for me personally dealing with this issue, and this book was able to eloquently deal with it and show God’s grace though it all.
This book is also special for me in a double meaning of miracle along with the title…. I was reading this book while impatiently waiting for my first niece to be born!
I am finally an auntie and my daughter has a cousin! We are both thrilled!
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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. Married with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.
Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can visit her at http://www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.