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Review and Giveaway: Miracle in a Dry Season August 25, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 5:48 pm
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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.



My thoughts and giveaway:

So awhile back I reviewed the prequel to this book, Appalachian Serenadewhich 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.

Make up your own mind about this book. I’m giving away a copy so leave a comment for your chance to win.

Leave a comment by August 31st at 5:00 p.m. for you chance to win a copy of this book. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


17 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Miracle in a Dry Season”

  1. Micaela Says:

    This sounds like an amazing book! Love that’s it’s set in the Appalachins 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the great review and for the giveaway!

  2. Roxanna S. Ford Says:

    I so enjoyed reading Applachian Serenade. The book drew me into all the character’s lives. I am looking forward to reading more about Pearla and her daughter as well as Casewell. Pearla and Casewell represent rare characters who have high morals that reflect their love of the Lord. Pearla is a single mom and faces prejudice and judgment even from the church people in this small town of West Virginia in the 50’s. Casewell himself struggles with doing appearances if he is to be seen with Pearla. God looks at the heart; men look at outward apppearances. Wonderful story that the author has written! Blessings!

  3. karenk Says:

    thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel 🙂

  4. Patty Says:

    I have Appalachian Serenade on my Kindle, guess I should read it soon in case I win. I love discovering new authors, and I see from her bio Sarah lives just a bit up the road from me.

  5. Cynthia Bish Says:

    It sounds like a very interesting read. Just from the short bit above a picture of the town and it’s surroundings are forming in my head. Thank you for the chance.

  6. Carol Smith Says:

    Downloaded Appalachian Serenade to my Kindle. Looking forward to
    reading. Thank you. And thanks for a chance to win Miracle in a Dry Season.

  7. I have been following Miracle in a Dry Season reviews and would like to have a copy to read! Thank you for reviewing and offering of the first chapter. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  8. Sounds very interesting! 🙂

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced:

  9. Pam K. Says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Miracle in a Dry Season and for your review.

  10. Bonnie Field Says:

    About to go get Appalachian Serenade and would like to enter your giveaway:-)

  11. lib1lady Says:

    Sarah, does your church have a library? I’ve been active in mine for 35 years. Check out our webpage when you get a chance.

  12. Judy Says:

    I enjoyed Appalachian Serenade, and the sneak peek at Miracle drew me in. I’ve added it to my Wish LIst.

  13. choose number one this week. Thanks to all who commented.

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