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Bethany House Miracle in a Dry Season

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 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 way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

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Review 1 for Miracle in a Dry Season
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Profound and Precious Book

Date:July 21, 2014
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Susan
Location:Clover, SC
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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. He meets Perla and she's just what he thinks a woman ought to be. He can't quite wrap his head around the fact that he believes she is hiding something serious.
Wise is in the midst of a horrible drought. Crops are dying, cattle are dying and food is scarce. Perla's gift, a very unusual gift, can help the town, but everyone seems to see the worst in her, instead of being grateful for help when they need it.
I read a lot of books. A LOT. This book moved me so deeply and profoundly, that it's very hard for me to describe how wonderful it is. Ms. Loudin Thomas has an incredible gift for putting words on a page. I wanted to go to Wise, West Virginia and meet some of these people. I loved nearly all them. The Talbot sisters, Frank, Emily and John Phillips, Delilah and Frank, Perla, Sadie and especially Casewell Phillips.
The book is told from mostly Casewell's point of view. That's different because most Christian fiction concentrates on the female's point of view or shares with the male. But the reader gets to know Casewell quite well. He is a strong man, a very spiritual man who values his relationship with Christ above all others, always seeking to please God with his life and every action he takes.
Perla tries to be in the shadows, but she has such a giving heart, but at the same time, she just can't seem to forgive herself for her past mistakes. It seems people react in anger and judgment every time they hear of her or see her. What can she do? Must she leave another town?
One early endorser of this book said it had 'just a touch of the Divine.' I must differ. This book is guided by the Divine all the way through. God's will is sought by Casewell in everything and His life is guided by God. But he also submits to God his own will.
This book is as rich as deep as Perla's chicken pot pie and peach cobbler. I found myself smiling often and crying a lot. This was just such a wonderful book. I am not a creative person and feel that I can't do the book justice with this review. It is heart felt, charming and down to earth. It is enriching. It is a story of God's redemption, grace, mercy and healing and forgiveness. It has a great truth to teach if the reader will listen and put this lesson into application in their own lives. I know it did mine with a problem I've been struggling with.
If you only read a few books a year, read this one. I am definitely giving it pride of place on my shelves and I eagerly anticipate the next offering from Sarah Loudin Thomas.
*I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher, which in no way influenced my review.
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Review 2 for Miracle in a Dry Season
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Appalachian fairy-tale!

Date:July 20, 2014
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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* she was, and perhaps nobody would know *who* she was.
Casewell Phillips was born and bred in that place, and the music of the hills ran in his blood. He was equally at home playing the mandolin or crafting furniture, and he was known for both. At 35, he was almost resigned to living life spouseless. He had his work, and his mother and father close by. Until he laid eyes on Perla.
This seems like a simple tale of second chances and love blooming. It is, at the heart, but it is far more than that alone.
It is a story of drought, and longing for the rain that we humans cannot call down from the sky.
It is a story of judgement, punishment and shunning, and a story of innocence leading the way.
It is a story of great love coming through terrible circumstances.
This book reminded me of a fairy-tale. What I mean is the story seems magical at times, and mystical, and the dark circumstances let the final light shine brightly.
The cast of characters also belong to a uniquely Appalachian fairy tale.
The sweetly impish child Sadie.
The elvish elderly ladies/ who want Casewell to build them a new potato bin.
The wild-haired town drunk/prophet who broke hearts back in 1902.
Perla, the princess-in-disguise, whose gift may save the Kingdom.
Casewell, the one who finds that strength isn't always shown best by proud opposition, sometimes we are strongest when we are accepting another.
I'm am delighted to know that this is the start of a series. I think you will be too. :-)
Thank you to the author, Sarah Loudin Thomas, for a chance to be one of her first reviewers. I received my copy in exchange for sharing my thoughts.
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Review 3 for Miracle in a Dry Season
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A Story You Won't Soon Forget!

Date:July 19, 2014
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Location:Kendallville, IN
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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 in Wise, West Virginia. Where was God when the town struggled; where was God when the trials began? He was there all along, the people just couldn’t see the big picture of His plan.
One of the characters that will touch you is a little girl named Sadie. You will be amazed at what this little innocent child can do and the lives she changes. I will assure you, you will be brought to tears.
I highly recommend this book. It is a 5 star book and more. Please don’t miss it!
I won this ARC on LibraryThing to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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