Miracle in a Dry Creek by Sarah Loudin Thomas ~ CFBA Tour & Review

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)
Lucie's Review: 

Set in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, a place where everyone knows everyone else's business and what they don't know they make up.
Perla grew up in Wise, but her family moved away when she was young. Now grown, she's come back to live with her Aunt Delilah and Uncle Robert, along with her young daughter, Sadie. Which, as expected, causes plenty of speculation among the town folk of Wise...

This is a lovely Appalachian tale, set during the Depression, that reminded me of the Waltons, especially because of the Talbot sisters, Angie and Liza, who reminded me of the Baldwin sisters.

I liked how this was in many ways more of a story about the whole town and the people and how they reacted to the events around them.

Casewell, was a character who took a while to come around, but by the end was one of my very favorite characters and there is some great dialogue between Perla and Casewell.

This story is a good example of the human tendency to judge others and jump to conclusions, as well as the powerful of forgiveness.

Overall, a tale with a whole host of characters, with a setting that fits the story perfectly, with touches of humor and the harshness of the drought. Written in a an easy to read style, with a strong,  tenderhearted heroine, with a beautiful gift, Miracle in a Dry Season is a lovely, and touching tale.

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Miracle in a Dry Season
Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)
Sarah Loudin Thomas


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.


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.

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