Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings Book #1)

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings Book #1)

by Sarah Loudin Thomas
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Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings Book #1) by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Wonderful, simply wonderful. A story of love, healing, and forgiveness sure to grip the heart of every reader.
--Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author

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.

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This debut novel is splendid. The story is genuine and heartfelt, with just a touch of the Divine. A story of forgiveness and reckoning, and realizing love does cover a multitude of sins. Thomas will be a go-to author after you read Miracle in a Dry Season.
--Rachel Hauck, bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and Once Upon a Prince

Charming, whimsical, and intelligently written, Miracle in a Dry Season is a beautiful debut novel!
--Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author of Promises to Keep

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441264114
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Appalachian Blessings , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 168,183
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.
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 www.sarahloudinthomas.com.

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Miracle in a Dry Season 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
SunFlowerEyez More than 1 year ago
Miracle in a Dry Season is a delightfully light and heart-warming read .Bethany House Publishers gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Their Synopsis: 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. Miracle in a Dry Season is a book of hope, faith, and miracles. Perla, a cautious mother to a captivating five-year-old daughter, moves to a close-knit Appalachian town, where her aunt and uncle live, hoping to remain as anonymous as possible and follow a quiet life. A single mother in 1954, she already has experience with being looked down upon for being such, and does not want to complicate things further by allowing others to find out about her special way with food. Everything Perla cooks seems to multiply, keeping her family and those around her fed and supplied. This however, becomes impossible when the town is hit with drought and crops begin dying. Perla must use her gift to help save the town. A touching book with light drama, a bit of romance and a feel-good story, Miracle In a Dry Season was an easy and enjoyable read.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I love Miracle in a Dry Season. It is packed with drama, romance, and light humor. My favorite scene is when Casewell is in the kitchen. It was such a funny scene. I found myself feeling sorry for Perla at times for the treatment she receives from the townspeople. My heart just ached for her.  Being a lifelong resident of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I think the author did an amazing job capturing 1950s Appalachia. I mean, with names like Casewell and Perla, you cannot get more Appalachia than that. And I literally laughed out loud when I saw the phrase “shootfire”. The author definitely knew how to speak my family’s language. I kept thinking the characters and town as my family because I felt so close to them. A lot of the scenes reminds me of stories that my Grandpa used to tell me through the years. This book is an amazing debut and I look forward to reading more of the series, as well as, more by the author. I think she has great talent for telling beautiful stories of faith and love. Job well done, Sarah! Job well done. 5 plus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Appalachian novel is a great start to a new series...am looking forward to many more like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Miracle in a Dry Season is the first book in Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Blessings series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I actually really enjoyed this sweet story, and will have to add Sarah to my list of favorite authors. She did a fantastic job of tying this story together, and I loved how she weaved in miracles, the drought, and Perla’s gift. It really made for a very interesting plotline that kept me captivated until the very end, especially since there were a few unexpected twists and turns there near the end. Perla Long is definitely a very sweet character, and I couldn’t help but love her and feel so much compassion towards her situation, especially since she felt so down upon herself because of other’s—somewhat wrong—opinions of her. She does her best though, by Sadie, and her aunt and uncle, and everyone else around her, and I really admire her for that. Her love and compassion for others made her all that much more lovable of a character, and that only helped to make this story that much more enjoyable. Casewell Phillips is also a wonderful character. Though he does take a while to come around when it comes to Perla, he most certainly makes up for it in the end, and I couldn’t help but loving him no matter what his struggles. He proved to be a wonderfully sweet character who truly cared for those around him, especially his parents, and I really loved watching his love for Perla grow as the story progressed. All in all, I really enjoyed this story, and can’t imagine giving it anything other than all five bookshelves. I really enjoyed the way this story progressed, and by the time I had finished this novel, I couldn’t wait to read the second book in the series. I’ve already finished it, if that is any indication as to how excited I was for it. Anyway, I’d highly recommend this novel, as it is super sweet and captivating, and I can’t wait to read even more novels by Sarah in the future! (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com
Stellar More than 1 year ago
Read both books and the novella and loved them all. Characters are rich and as one review stated the one thing I didn't like is turning the last page . If you live in a rural area or have ever wanted to  you will enjoy these books.  Though considered a Christian author the books are not preachy and as a person who is not a "religious" I found the books enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All though I found the characters could be developed a bit more I felt the story was good and the writing extremely well done. I ran across one spot that seemed a bit draggy, but it didn't last long. I am not really a romance type of reader, but this was very well done, not a bunch of mush, sex and innuendos, just down to earth wholesome love. I will diffinatly watch for more from this author.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful look at small town life in 1954. This is Sarah Loudin Thomas's debut novel. I found it to be a fantastic piece of writing. She did a marvelous job of creating a variety of characters that were easy to understand. Some of them just plain frustrated me, but then again to be honest I get frustrated with people at times in real life. The interaction between the characters was very realistic. The two main characters, Perla Long and Casewell Phillips were easy for me to connect with though. They had a number of very heavy obstacles to negotiate just to get through everyday life.  The story explores some deep issues about judgment and forgiveness, so in that sense it is not a light read. But it is done in a small town setting and that helps to make it feel lighter. I especially enjoyed the way that the characters grew and developed in their own lives and in how they related to each other. I loved the paths that many of them took as they were learning about the importance of forgiveness to personal lives as well as to the well-being of an entire community. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Miracle in a Dry Season is an awesome debut novel for Sarah Loudin Thomas. It is easy to read but packed with meaning. The characters have their own stories that all blend together to make a wonderful, realistic town in the 1950's. There are plenty of problems encountered but with faith anything can be accomplished. I look forward to reading more works from this author. I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed!
bluespruce7597 More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in the 1950s which was a simpler time. But the problems the people experience are timeless. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have recommended it to my friends.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Miracle in a Dry Season is a story I won’t soon forget. It is written in a gentle, yet straightforward way. The author’s writing style made me feel that I was truly back in West Virginia during the 1950′s. The book is full of interesting characters. Some are accepting of the young mother and daughter who have moved into town, and others have nothing but condemnation for them. I really enjoyed the way that the author revealed things in this story, whether it was revealing past secrets and sins, or exposing judgmental attitudes. It was done well. The romance is gentle and sweet. Perla and Casewell have plenty of failings, yet they try their best. There are events that can only be explained as miraculous, and the importance of recognizing God’s grace and forgiveness in our lives is clear. I look forward to reading more books in this Appalachian Blessings series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read.  It ended up a little different than I thought it would but I liked it.  Perla Sadie and Casewell all end up working well together and help solve each other's problems.  I look forward to more books by Sarah.  I received a copy of this from Bethany House for afair and honest opinion.
Annie950 More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the very BEST books I have read this year! If you like a mystery with some good clean romance (no graphic details and no profanity!) This is definitely the book for you. You will NOT be disappointed! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was great and the characters won my heart
ohenrykb More than 1 year ago
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Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This story, set in the mid twentieth century, is the journey to forgiveness for the people of the small farming town of Wise, West Virginia. When a drought hit the area, the townsfolk reacted in many negative ways and the undercurrent promoted by the town’s minister produced fear that an evil among them was the cause. The “evil” he referred to was Perla, a single mom who with her child, Sadie, came to live with her aunt and uncle in order to escape the scorn in her own home town. However, it seemed that wherever she went, she was judged for her sinful act while no one, except her aunt and uncle, could admit that everyone is a sinner. Even Casewell, the town’s godly and fair bachelor judged her. In spite of how mean the people were to Perla, she continually demonstrated acts of kindness to all. The author used this character to illustrate God’s grace even in difficult circumstances. By incorporating the inner thinking of several of the townsfolk, the author has woven the harshness of a judgmental attitude, the breakdown of selfishness, and the exposure of mental instability to take the reader on the journey from judgment to forgiveness. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: A new lady in town with her daughter stirs up a lot of conversation of her past life. A wood working mandolin player man who's interest is peaked by this newcomer. A drought reveals the newcomers gift of the biblical story of five fish and two loaves that keep multiplying. She is blessed with the gift of making food stretch and keeps the town alive through the drought. A story of forgiveness of the past, understanding of God's love and a sweet love that brings the entire town together. Pro's: A quick read. A sweet filled story of love that makes you feel good after reading it.  Con's: Not a deep story and seemed a bit choppy in parts of the story that took a bit to figure out what was going on. Recommendation: If you'd like an easy read, then you'll like this. Not a lot of depth, but a good story for the heart. Bethany House Publishers sent me this complimentary book to review for them.
susanmsj More than 1 year ago
This is a new author and I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I was in love with the characters and the story. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness and I would definitely recommend it. I won this book in an online giveaway and was asked to write a review.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
This is a totally honest review and I wasn't given a copy by the author, for the one reviewer who thinks otherwise. I loved this story! The only thing I didn't like was turning that last page. Very sweet read. 
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Sarah Loudin Thomas brings the history and people of Appalachia to life in her debut novel! Set in 1954, Miracle in a Dry Season is a heartfelt tale of small town life. I found the unique storyline to be unexpected and enchanting, with a colorful cast of characters. I enjoyed visiting Wise, West Virginia, and look forward to reading the next book in the Appalachian Blessings series! I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. All thoughts expressed are my own.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Summary: Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in 1950s West Virginia, and follows the story of Perla Long and her daughter Sadie as they arrive in the town of Wise to stay with Perla's aunt.  Perla hopes that the move to Wise will quiet all the rumors that swirled around her in her previous home, and she can lead a normal, quiet life.  At least, a life as quiet as can be with a small child, no husband, and an unusual gift-every time she cooks, it seems like it multiplies ten-fold. But, things aren't any better in Wise.  The gossip is relentless, and when a drought begins to plague the area, people begin to blame Perla for that too-thinking she is a curse.  Will Perla ever have a home untainted by her past?  Will anyone ever be able to look past her sins and accept her as she is?  And why does she have this strange gift-is it really a curse as some people say? Review: This book picks up where Appalachian Serenade ends (an e-book prequel, that I believe is still free, and I have previously reviewed on the blog.)  I loved Appalachian Serenade, and had been looking forward to this book as well.  I was not disappointed.  I love Loudin's writing style, and am particularly impressed with this being her first book.  It was well-written, entertaining, and had some good twists and turns.  It also has a really great message about forgiving others-no matter what.  I enjoyed this book tremendously, and will definitely be reading anything else written by this author.  This is a "keeper" book for me! As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. The characters were well written, and fun to get to know. The story flowed well and i could see myself living in that town, at that time. There was only one problem, and that was Perla's gift with her cooking. I won't spoil the story with this, but I did feel it was a stretch. The story was good at teaching forgiveness and to not think so highly of yourself. It was kept well within the teachings of the Bible. I look forward to reading more from Sarah Loudin Thomas in the future. Very good job. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
I was shocked to find out this is the author's debut novel. Sarah Loudin Thomas sure has talent!! This is a sweet story about forgiveness and faith. Times become very difficult during a terrible drought for the town of Wise West Virginia. Anger and frustration are only a couple of the emotions that are brought out due to these trying circumstances. Perla Long slips into Wise with her fatherless daughter of five years. She tries to go unnoticed but that isn't the case. People are quick to judge Perla in more ways than one. Is there a way for this town's people to find peace? Can they survive the great drought? What does it take for sinful people to gain acceptance, or is it even possible? There were some great quotes in this novel, and the one that sticks out in my mind most is, "All too often sorrow and joy come skipping into your life holding hands." I highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing what this author writes in the future. I give this novel 4.5 stars.