I previously read and reviewed a short story by new author Sarah Loudin Thomas a month or so ago. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it since it takes place a bit later in time than I generally read. But, sometimes when we branch out we can make discoveries we wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Well, I loved Appalachian Serenade (and by the way, you can get a free ebook on Amazon and it also include and excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season) and I had to jump at the chance to review Thomas’s debut novel, Miracle In A Dry Season.
From the back cover:
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.
Some books you pick up and you just want to savor it. That’s how I felt with Sarah Loudin Thomas’s debut novel, Miracle in a Dry Season. There was something just so rich about the story that unfolds between the covers. Perhaps it was the relatability of the characters, or the wonderful lessons on forgiveness offered in the pages. Whatever it was, this was a wonderful read.
The novel’s story takes place during a drought and with it, the people of Wise become a bit tense. This is the setting in which Casewell’s and Perla’s story is set. Amidst that main story, Thomas incorporates a number of smaller stories, each enjoyable diversions from the main storyline of the novel.
Forgiveness is a strong theme in this novel. One that is expressed through most of the characters and their actions. It was beautiful watching the characters learn about what it means and also had me examining my own life as I read.
If this novel (along with her short story) is representative of Sarah Loudin Thomas’s next novels, I am looking forward to her next book.
For more about the author or this book, please visit the following links:
- Sarah Loudin Thomas’s Website
- Follow Sarah Loudin Thomas on Twitter
- Visit Sarah Loudin Thomas on Facebook
- Appalachian Serenade on Amazon
- Miracle in a Dry Season on Amazon
**I received a free copy of this book from the author and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**