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

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

In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud That Brings HopeIt'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....

Details Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)

TitleMiracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)
Release DateAug 5th, 2014
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian, Inspirational

Reviews Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)

  • Susan Snodgrass
    I dearly wish I could give this book 10 stars. It is Sarah Loudin Thomas's debut novel and if this is how she writes, she's on my favorites list from now on!The book is set in 1954 Wise, West Virginia. Perla Long has come to Wise to stay with her Aunt Delilah and Uncle Robert. With Perla is her 5 year old daughter Sadie. Perla is hoping her past mistakes will be hidden in this town.Casewell Phillips is a bachelor and he figures he always will be....
  • Loraine
    SUMMARY: 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'...
  • Kate Breslin
    Miracle in a Dry Season is about forgiveness, in the way rain can soften a hardened heart or manna feed a soul hungry for reconciliation. Author Sarah Loudin Thomas cleverly weaves in the symbolism of water and bounty as she tells her beautiful story. Local carpenter and church elder Casewell Phillips's righteous preconceptions are shaken when he finds himself drawn to a woman haunted by scandal. Newcomer Perla Long seeks to forget the past and f...
  • Arlena
    Title: Miracle in a Dry SeasonAuthor: Sarah Loudin ThomasPublisher: Bethany House PublisherSeries: Appalachian Blessing Book #1Review By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Review:"Miracle in a Dry Season" by Sarah Loudin ThomasBook Description...."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 h...
  • Joleen
    This was a good book. Not overly well written, but well thought out and a good story with life lessons to ponder.There were allegories throughout the book. An example of our debt which Christ paid...and a similarity to the miracle of feeding the 5000, of a dry season in our lives by insidious sin that goes unnoticed, of evil being cast out, and of the long awaited rain as a symbol of being washed clean after repentance. This is the part that was ...
  • J.C. Morrows
    WOW!As I sit here, tears streaming down my face, I am simply amazed at how wonderful this story is. I simply can not believe this is the first novel Sarah Loudin Thomas has written.I tend to be cautious of non-Amish fiction lately but this book gets a solid two thumbs up and 5 stars!What a wonderful story! The depth of emotion, the strength of character, the beautiful miracles that God sends this sleepy little town. There are not enough words for...
  • Amy Grochowski
    If Miracle in a Dry Season were a painting, then I would hang it in my home as a centerpiece among family portraits to showcase my heritage. Within the pages of this beautiful tale is the heart of a people closely related to those from whom I descend. With grace and charm, Sarah Loudin Thomas writes beyond the stereotypes of Appalachia and carries us to a place both real and fanciful, where we experience what has been and what could be. The speci...
  • Shari Larsen
    It's 1954, and Perla Long was hoping that her arrival in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, would go unnoticed. She just wants a safe place to raise her daughter, Sadie, where her past can stay hidden, but soon there is talk among the townspeople that Perla is a "harlot".Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to be a bachelor, until he meets Perla. She's everything he's wanted in a woman, but he senses she is hiding something. When the drough...
  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    Miracle in a Dry Season is a tender story about the healing that comes through forgiveness. Both forgiving others and forgiving one’s self. Flush with scripture, the novel stays true to God’s design for repentance and restoration.The book’s characters are heartwarming and genuine representations of times past, but their battles are the same that we fight today – lips that spread gossip, unrepentant hearts, and religious self-righteousness...
  • Staci
    I loved the theme of judgment throughout the book. All of us fall short and who are we to judge? I also enjoyed the literary feel of the book and several secondary characters such as Sadie, Liza, Angie & Frank. On the flip side, parts of the story seem disjointed to me and took away from the flow of the novel. Overall, it was a good read.
  • Dawn
    I'd heard so much about this book, and I'm glad I finally got to it. It was rich and very good.
  • Connie
    I was drawn to read this book because of the title "Miracle in a Dry Season." Who has not went through a dry season and hoped for a miracle? Many of the town people of Wise, West Virginia in 1954 do not know what to make of the Perla special abilities when it come to food. They do not know if it is a curse or a gift from God. After all she is a single woman with a five year old daughter; a "harlot". Some even believe that Perla may be the cause o...
  • Reannon Bowen
    A charming,easy read
  • Lindsey
    Thomas's beautiful language will draw you into this Appalachian community. A beautiful, gentle story about grace, love, and seeing beyond ourselves.
  • Sarah Fox
    The publisher kindly provided a free copy in exchange for voluntarily reviewing and promoting. I'm sorry I took so long, long TBR list. I enjoyed the book full of love, emotion, inspiration, and forgiveness. Looking forward to next book!
  • Amanda
    What a powerful and poignant story of family and forgiveness!
  • Mackenzie Carol
    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 mi...
  • Faith
    In 1954, a young woman arriving somewhere alone was suspicious. If she came with a child it was scandalous indeed, and it got even worse if she was pretty. Perla Long was all three... lovely, very alone, and with her past spelled out in bold letters by the presence of her five year-old Sadie.She was hoping to be anonymous when she came to this close-knit Appalachia town, but there was no chance of that. Soon everyone would think they knew *what* ...
  • Gail Hollingsworth
    It was hard for me to believe this was Sarah Loudin Thomas's first novel. It was extremely well written and held my interest all the way through. I first was drawn to read this book because it was set in 1954, the same year I was born. But the storyline and characters quickly drew me in. A small country type town with a close knit community worked together during an extreme drought that nearly devastated everyone and everything. Perla came to the...
  • Virginia Campbell
    A gently charming story of faith and forgiveness, "Miracle in a Dry Season" is a promising debut from author Sarah Loudin Thomas. In the mid-1950's of rural Appalachia, in the little town of Wise, West Virginia, a miracle is beginning to take shape. Folks don't know what to expect from single mother Perla Long and her young daughter Sadie. Trying to put the mistakes and misconceptions of her past behind her, Perla hopes to quietly settle into the...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    Realistic and powerful themes are found in the pages of Miracle in a Dry Season. The book is set just after the Korean War and reflects many of the beliefs and customs of the time period. Perla left her parents home hoping to escape the scorn and gossip surrounding her because she was an an unwed mother. She hoped to give a better life to her daughter, Sadie. She hoped to find peace and happiness in a town where her past was not know and she coul...
  • Becky
    Though I struggled to get into Miracle in a Dry Season in the early pages, I soon found myself swept into Wise, and I couldn't put the book down.In Casewell's journey from judgement to grace, author Sarah Loudin Thomas paints a powerful—and convicting—picture of what our own Christian walks should look like. Maybe you don't struggle with extending grace to other believers, but I sure fall on the side of judgement far too often. This lesson—...
  • Deb Haggerty
    Perla and her daughter, Sadie, came to Wise, West Virginia, to escape the past. Perla’d fallen for a married man – one of the oldest stories in the world – and got pregnant. Ostracized by her town and her parents, she came to Wise to live with an aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, as pasts often do, hers followed her. Coming to care for Casewell Phillips, long-resigned to being a bachelor, Perla confesses her situation to him and immediately wa...
  • Katrina Epperson
    This is a debut novel for this author. The author brings a touching story about a small community set in 1954. It's a story that will evoke many emotions and grab your heart. This story is wonderfully written. It's about new beginnings, trust, forgiveness, love and faith. The well developed characters will pull the reader in, but the vivid imagery and great storyline keeps them turning the pages. Perla Long is looking for a fresh start for both s...
  • Judy
    A Story You Won’t Soon Forget!It is hard to believe that this is a debut book for author Sarah Loudin Thomas. She writes like a seasoned author. Miracle in a Dry Season is a book I won’t soon forget. It packs a message loud and clear on how we should live our lives. The hatred and evil in this story will touch your soul deeply. The goodness in this story will touch your soul deeply. I felt the struggles and trials of all the characters living...
  • Johnette
    This is the first books I have read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. The cover drew me in, and being about a town I know in WV, sealed the deal. I am glad I read it. It is set in 1954, in a place called Wise, West Virginia. A single mom recently new to town and the town's bachelor meet at church. All of the rumors and the judgements have been thrown. How do they view each other? The town does have its own issues, views and morals. The story reminds me a b...
  • Jill Kemerer
    Settle in with a soft blanket and a warm beverage, because this book is all about savoring the details. Several things surprised me: the 1950's setting, the dominant point of view being male, and the gentle tone. It's a lovely book, one that stays with you, one that you wish wouldn't end. Ms. Thomas uses her rich knowledge of West Virginia to bring the little town of Wise to life during a drought in the fifties. While full of conflict, it's never...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Deep and thoughtful writing depicts a simpler time, but with timeless conflicts faced by the community and the individuals in it. There is a heavy focus on themes of judging and the need for forgiveness- of others and self. Casewell has a genuine heart that is seeking for truth as his perceptions shift and he allows his heart to open. Perla is bravely trying to start over and provide for her daughter. There is a sense of desperation that increase...
  • Wanda
    I thought this would be a gentle read where all turns out well after a few tussles with neighbors or family. I was wrong. It is a powerful look at what forgiveness means when it is played out in a real world situation. Excellent writing and a strong grasp of dialogue make this a good read also. Perla and her daughter Sadie arrive in Wise, West Virginia seeking refuge from the storm of controversy surrounding their lives. God places Perla in the p...