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.
My thoughts and giveaway:
So awhile back I reviewed the prequel to this book, Appalachian Serenade, which is still free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It was a nice story that introduced some of the characters in Miracle in a Dry Season. This book is about Perla who was just a young girl in the first book, although we are Casewell’s head more than Perla’s.
This is a sweet story, I love the pictures Sarah paints of the town and the people in it who all have their own story and history. She does a great job of making you feel like you are in the drought and wondering when and if they will come out of it.
As a reader only I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more but since I know the “rules” of writing I struggled with a lot of things. I won’t point them out because if you aren’t a writer there’s no need for you to be distracted by them. Some things just didn’t add up for me and at times I felt very disconnected from the characters or I wasn’t sure who I was supposed to connect to, some point-of-view confusion.
This is a different story. As the title says miracle, it means there are miracles happening. I thought that was interesting. I love hearing about signs and wonders the Lord performs and liked seeing that in a fiction book.
This is a debut novel so I am interested to see how the author will grow as she continues to write. This is a first in a series, I think I might like to see who Sarah writes about next in the town of Wise.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.