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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Miracle In A Dry Season

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the small 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 way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.


It's hard to believe this is Sarah Loudin Thomas's debut novel!  

I am so anxious to read her next book.  Her style of writing is very easy to relate to, and the characters are impossible not to fall in love with.  I sank right into this story and never wanted it to end.

This book takes readers back to a time when life was simple, work ethics were strong and the neighbors pulled together when tragedy struck.  Or so they were supposed to. 

This book also takes readers on an emotional journey of one woman's sin magnified by many.  While reading this story, the scripture about "he who is without sin, cast the first stone" came to mind many times. 

My heart broke for Perla, who so desperately wanted a fresh start.  My heart soared for Casewell, who demonstrated what it meant to be a real man, in the midst of gossip and slander.

This book was an amazing read.  I can't wait for the next book in this series.  5 stars - highly recommended!


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