Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings): A Novella

Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings): A Novella

by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister's offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream--even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia--a small town nestled in an Appalachian valley where the everyday miracles of life and faith play out in stories of healing, hope, and love.

Includes an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season, the first full-length novel in the Appalachian Blessings series--a book New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber called, "Wonderful, simply wonderful."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441264985
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2014
Series: Appalachian Blessings
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 17,575
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in North Carolina. She can be found online at
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season, Until the Harvest, and A Tapestry of Secrets. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. She can be found online at

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Appalachian Serenade (Ebook Shorts) (Appalachian Blessings): A Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story only has 70 pages. Some of the very favorable reviews tell the story in slightly less space. I detest plot spoilers. But I am not rating this book on the plot spoilers. This book takes place in the mid 1950s, an era which does not get much exposure. It was about the time my parents married and I was looking forward to getting a view of what life may have been like for them. Unfortunately, this light romance did not meet my expectations. It was mostly thoughts and conversations about husbands and wives who died or took off to places unknown. The wives and mothers left behind wanting children or replacement husbands. It was a sweet story with rather fixated characters, all the way up to the cliff hanger ending. No a single plot thread was tied off. I was so aggravated. There is a excerpt at the end consisting of 35 pages. It is about the life of another character named Crosswell. It is half the length of book one of the series, yet it offers no resolution of its plots lines. I guess I am out of luck on a suitable conclusion for book one. There is no sex in either book, there is not any violence, there is some gentle lust, a wistful touches of the arm or hands a dozen or so lingering looks. I think there may have been a few chaste kisses on the cheek in this fast, but imcomplete read. There is some religion. A mother of four, her husband abanded her and she wants a man bad. She is on the prowl and no one us safe, she moves in with a farmer after stirring up the good women of the town, because her new relationship was sans marriage as she is left by her husband, he went to parts unknown, and she is not yet divorced. The gossip hamsters have the rumors flying off the exercise wheel. The heroine, a widow wants chidren and a husband and she wants them fast, unfortunately, the man she has her eyes set on, is childless, older and was ill as a child and unable to father his own children. They decide to get together anyway. End of story. It is as if the book is cut into and all the reader gets is the first half. This book was a little shallow, very repetitive and just as the reader really starts to enjoy it, it ends. It was a reall waste of time. With another one hundred pages or so, this book could have been gtreat. Chick lit. Not much in the adult topic department so it is suitable for ages 15 and up.although, I think they would find it boring. AD
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I love a good novella, especially when it sets the stage for a great series. Appalachian Serenade is the story of Delilah and Robert. Delilah is a young childless widow that is forced to move in with her sister and her sister's family in rural West Virginia. Although she is welcome, it is a difficult time to have an extra person in the household. In order to relieve some strain Delilah sets out to find work so that she can contribute to the household. Robert runs the local dry goods store. It's been in the family forever and Robert enjoys all the interaction with the townsfolk but he begins to think about hiring some help to free him up a bit. Along comes Delilah and before either one of them knows it Robert has offered her a job.   The job is great but changes are coming that make Delilah consider a home and family of her own. She has always envisioned herself as a mother to several children. She is sure that nothing would make her happier. But what if God has different plans? Meanwhile, Robert finds himself more and more attracted to Delilah. But Robert has a secret that keeps him from approaching her. He longs to have a wife but can he be content without one if that is what God's plan is? This is a beautiful story about learning to trust God with everything. His ways are always better and if we will just surrender to what He has for us we will receive so much more than we ever imagined. I do have a warning for you! At the very end of this novella is an excerpt from the first book in the Appalachian Blessings series, Miracle in a Dry Season. I'm not going to give anything away but I will say that you should be prepared to NEED a copy of this book. No it isn't going to be just a WANT, it will definitely be a NEED! I received a copy of this ebook to facilitate my review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very good, enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A flat read. Forced myself to read to the end hoping for at least something interesting to take place but I was being too optimistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every minute of this book. Coulf not put it down. Characters were lovable and i am going to read more in this series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"This was good! It was a romance, but not the mussy, sexy, overheated, etc. - the characters not all that strong were developed good, the basic story was good, the writing was excellent as far as I was concerned, not draggy, but too the point and flowing - the way I like to read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
What a sweet and gentle story. I absolutely loved it! I know it's a short review, but it's a short story that absolutely touches the heart with every word.
SAM34 More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Appalachian Blessings and immediately purchased the first book in the series. Looking forward to her next one too!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, simple read. Glad she found her niche!
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Appalachian Serenade: A Novella (Appalachian Blessings) by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a beautiful romantic story.  Once you pick it up to  read you will not be able to put it down until you have finished reading it.  You will find yourself turning page after page after page and turn  them some more until the end.  It is the story of Delilah.  She married a man who she thought was wealthy and moved with him to Chicago.  She ends up returning to her home after his death.  She lives with her sister and brother in law.  She begins to work for the local storekeeper , Robert. Does Delilah find what she has been looking for?  Does she find true love?  I read this book in one sitting and when I got to the end  I said, "What..?"  I wanted more.  This story is beautifully told.  It is so romantic and shows what can happen if you never give up.  I gave  this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it 10+ stars because that is what it deserves.  This would make a great gift or a great addition  to your bookshelf.  I know that is a fantastic re-read again and again.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  I look for more by Sarah  Loudin Thomas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, feel-good read. Ms. Thomas style is clean and direct. Relatable characters, a plot that flows well, and tangable morals. An excellent work of Christian Fiction.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Appalachian Serenade is a pre-qual to another book by Sarah Loudin Thomas, A Miracle in a Dry Season, that I have read and reviewed earlier this year. In the novella, you meet Perla Long when she's only fifteen and Casewell Phillips as a young man. The main characters in this short story are Robert Thornton and Delilah Morrissey. Delilah and her sister Charlotte grew up in the hills of West Virginia. While her sister stayed in the area after she married, Delilah and her husband went to live in Chicago. Now, more than a dozen years later, Delilah is back after her husband's death. She is living with her sister, brother-in-law, and her niece Perla in the little town of Wise. Besides being a companion for Perla, she has no idea what to do with her life. But then she found a job working in the local General store. She felt life held some promise after all, that is until Ed's employers, the railroad company, planned to transfer him somewhere else. Delilah was faced with a decision. Should she move with her family, or stay in Wise?  Years ago, Robert Thornton took over ownership of his father's business, the General store. Robert loved his work and the opportunity to socialize with his patrons, who were more like family to him than customers. But he was frustrated because sometimes he was so busy he didn't have time to talk as much as he wanted to. So when Delilah Morrissey inquired one day if he needed help, he hired her on the spot. Before long, he couldn't imagine how he operated the store's business without a woman's touch. She nearly doubled his business. But more importantly, he was attracted to the widow. His yearning for her grew stronger the longer she worked for him. He wondered if she returned his feelings. One hindrance stood in the way of pursuing a relationship with Delilah; he had a secret that has kept him from marrying anyone these past years. He didn't know how she would react if she knew about it. At the very least, he didn't want to lose her friendship.  This is a sweet romance of two mature people beyond their 30's. The novella is short and only took me a few hours to read. I have already read Miracle in a Dry Season, and was delighted to have an opportunity to review this story and get the chance to get some background on Robert and Delilah. They play a major role in Book 1 of the Appalachian Blessings series.  One of the things I like about this tale is how well it complements the theme of community we find in the first story. Robert's store was already a hub of activity in his small town. When Delilah became part of the community again, she fit right in. She regained her sense of family and her participation further endeared her to the many customers she came in contact with. The ending of this romance was not really much of a surprise. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just okay. Nothing to brag about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and storyline
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Lovely storytelling, sweet romance, reminiscent of the old country store atmosphere. Can almost hear the bell over the jingle. Recommend! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this short little novella. The characters are sweet and charming. The story is well written and interesting; the dialogue is full of Southern charm. I also appreciate the fact that the author shows the passage of time, even though the story is only 70+ pages. Delilah and Robert were fun to watch fall in love. They both had ideals they had to overcome and they both had to learn to accept the hand that God gave them. Delilah is a very admirable character. She is modern, yet traditional. She is down-trodden, yet hopeful. Robert is much the same. The best part of reading this sweet little novella was some of the charming sayings in the book! I'll list a few of my favorites below (and don't worry, they won't spoil the story for you!): * "Why, thank you, Robert. That's a....regionally specific compliment." * "We all need a little pretty in our lives." * "Oh well, my mother always said if wishes were horses, paupers would ride." * "Like a hound dog staring at the last piece of cornbread on the plate." * "But I figure God knows better than I do, and this is the life he's given me. Might as well make the most of it." I am so looking forward to diving into Miracle In a Dry Season shortly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story about a bachalor and the widow meeting and falling in love. Just shows how God can work things out it you let him lead in your life.
MakeupByOne More than 1 year ago
Great and short novella
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dj5471 More than 1 year ago
Will not be disappointed in this book, a great read.
Lynngrier More than 1 year ago
This novella is a wonderful sweet story leading you into Miracle in a Dry Season. This is a short read that will encourage to buy and read Miracle in a Dry Season. Please do and you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story