Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Christmas Heirloom October 22, 2018



In Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman’s grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “Gift of the Heart,” widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” Fleeta Brady’s rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family’s brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade’s “Because of You,” Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My thoughts:

This is by far one of the best collections I have ever read. But look at the authors, how could you go wrong?

I am a fan of each of these authors and none of them disappointed me in these novellas. Each story was unique and drew me in. I loved the connection running throughout each story and some characters that popped up from their previous novels. I had a moment of, “Wait, what? I know that character.” How fun.

If you are looking for some good Christmas romances you won’t go wrong this collection.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 


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.


Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Free book) July 8, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 2:48 pm
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Appalachian Serenade: A Novella
Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister’s offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream–even if it means giving up the old?

Includes an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season, the first full-length novel in the Appalachian Blessings series–a book New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber called, “Wonderful, simply wonderful.”

My thoughts:

This short little novella (which is free) will give you a snippet of what is to come in Miracle in a Dry Season, which doesn’t release until July 29th.

Because this is a novella there isn’t a ton of character development and things happen very quickly. However, Sarah did a good job of packing conflict and tense throughout the book and the mystery of Delilah’s past is woven throughout the book. Also, I love how the author showed that sometimes our plans are not the Lord’s, or He will answer our prayers in a much different way than we asked for.

What I think will make Miracle in a Dry Season (which I’ll be reviewing in August) so interesting is this background knowledge that comes from Appalachian Serenade. This book won’t take you long to read and if you like it I encourage you to pre-order Miracle in a Dry Season.

Visit Sarah here.

Grab your free copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.