Monday, August 25, 2014

CFBA Review: 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)
by
Sarah Loudin Thomas


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 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.

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.

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

My Review:
 Having a child outside of marriage, Perla Long and her daughter Sadie decided it was time to move on. Trying to leave her past behind along with all of her past mistakes she and Sadie move to the quiet town of Wise, West Virginia. Although others remark to her how her cooking is the best, there are also a lot of bad rumors going around about her as well.

 Bachelor Casewell Philiips, enjoys his simple existence as a small town carpenter. He had grown pretty accustomed to being a bachelor and had accepted the fact that he would be that way until he breathed his last. Then this beautiful creature crossed his path and he was instantly moved to learn all he could about her. When he finally come to his senses he felt that he was crazy for even thinking that something would work with Perla, but without even knowing it Perla ans Sadie both stole his heart from the word go.

 Throughout the book, I see a very troubling side of how people could truly be and also how loving someone could be in the midst of all that trouble and heart ache. Perla is such a sweet, loving character that doesn't want to draw attention to herself but people around her seem to be doing that but in the wrong way.The author is able to express this in a very real way that touched me to my core. I can't wait to see the next in the series!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.