Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Miracle in a Dry Season

(Bethany House Publishers - August 5, 2014)


Sarah Loudin Thomas


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.


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.

My thoughts:

I haven't finished this one yet, but the story has hooked me - and I hope to finish it in the next day or so. I'm looking forward to seeing if love and forgiveness will prevail with the characters of this story. Reading this book really makes a reader examine his own heart in the judging and not demonstrating the loving nature of God to others - especially before you even know a person.

The only thing I'm scratching my head a bit about with the book is that I feel like the time frame mirrors that of the 1930s or 1940s instead of the mid-1950s. Maybe it's the rural setting of the book that makes it seem that way. When I think of the 1950s, I think more of an idyllic "Leave it to Beaver" era. Even though it feels like it is set in a different time, it has no effect on how much I'm enjoying the story.

My sincerest thanks to CFBA and Bethany House Publishers for generously providing a copy for review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.

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