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Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings Book #1) [Format Kindle]

Sarah Loudin Thomas

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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.

"Wonderful, simply wonderful. A story of love, healing, and forgiveness sure to grip the heart of every reader." --Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author

"Thomas's fiction debut offers sympathetic, wholesome protagonists seeking to live faithful, prayerful lives and engaging supporting characters in subplots that explore the overarching themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the wideness of God's love." --Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Karen Kingsbury's feel-good stories of heartfelt lessons will love Thomas's debut. . . . Once in a while a new author comes along with a work that makes you sit up and take notice. Thomas has crafted a tale of this proportion." --Library Journal starred review

Biographie de l'auteur

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bac

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  • Editeur : Bethany House Publishers (29 juillet 2014)
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Amazon.com: 4.4 étoiles sur 5  215 commentaires
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An amazing story that is very needed today - when most people have forgotten what miracles God is capable of! 29 juillet 2014
Par J.C.s BookShelf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle

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 how much this story has touched my heart.

Sarah Loudin Thomas is an exceptionally gifted author and I believe God has given her a little something extra special – just like her wonderful characters!

I grew up in the south (I know West Virginia isn’t exactly the “south” but it’s close enough I think) and I have lived in small towns just like Wise – yes, even in the last 30 years. There are still small towns like Wise all over the south – especially in Appalachia. Sarah’s descriptions were spot-on and her portrayal of the townspeople’s reactions rang absolutely true. I’ve never been a huge fan of history but there’s something about those mountains that has inspired me to learn as much as possible about life there. So I speak the truth when I say this sounds absolutely right.

This story will touch your heart, even while it makes you mad. And there are more than a few times it will make you laugh out loud!

It’s just all around a GREAT story!

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Miracle in a Dry Season 30 juillet 2014
Par Amy C - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I love Miracle in a Dry Season. It is packed with drama, romance, and light humor. My favorite scene is when Casewell is in the kitchen. It was such a funny scene. I found myself feeling sorry for Perla at times for the treatment she receives from the townspeople. My heart just ached for her.
Being a lifelong resident of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I think the author did an amazing job capturing 1950s Appalachia. I mean, with names like Casewell and Perla, you cannot get more Appalachia than that. And I literally laughed out loud when I saw the phrase “shootfire”. The author definitely knew how to speak my family’s language. I kept thinking the characters and town as my family because I felt so close to them. A lot of the scenes reminds me of stories that my Grandpa used to tell me through the years.
This book is an amazing debut and I look forward to reading more of the series, as well as, more by the author. I think she has great talent for telling beautiful stories of faith and love.
Job well done, Sarah! Job well done.
5 plus stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Miracle in a Dry Season will refresh your soul! 31 juillet 2014
Par Deb Haggerty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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 was judged for what she had done. How Casewell comes to understand Perla, how Perla comes to understand herself, and how Sadie changes even the most hardened character is the stuff of miracles. You'll enjoy coming to know these people and wonder at the prejudices and superstitions that still ran rampant in 1954.

This, Sarah's debut novel, if an indication of what is to come, promises us many more splendid tales - you will want to get this one.

Sarah lives in West Virginia - the seventh generation on the family farm - and her writing comes from that heritage. She says the takeaway we should get from this book is forgiveness - that we are way too judgmental a society - then and now. Her favorite sub-plot is the love triangle with Elizabeth, Angie, and Frank - `twas mine, too! She wants to touch people's hearts and let them know that God can overcome anything in our lives.

The most unusual thing she told me about herself is that she occasionally fills the pulpit at churches in the area. As a full-time job, Sarah does fund-raising for Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families. She has published multiple articles as well as the prequel novella to <em>Miracle in a Dry Season</em>, <em>Appalachian Serenade</em>. She and her husband live in Asheville, NC. Contact Sarah through www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Impressive Debut Novel! 30 juillet 2014
Par Pamela Jo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Based on my impression of this book, Sarah Loudin Thomas is now included on my list of favorite authors. Miracle in a Dry Season is simply wonderful!

The year is 1954 and the setting is Wise, West Virginia. The story is one of harsh judgement, the need for miracles, and in the end, forgiveness and love.

The main characters are Perla Long and Casewell Phillips, but the supporting characters each have stories of their own and are very well developed by the author. I found myself caring about all of the people I met while reading this book. It's a rare talent for a writer to be able to weave so many lives together in such an interesting way. Sarah Loudin Thomas is gifted with that ability!

As the story begins, Perla Long has arrived in Wise with her young daughter Sadie. They have moved in with Perla's aunt and uncle. Perla has never been married and has fled her hometown in order to escape condemnation and gossip. To be an unwed mother in 1954 was to be a fallen woman with no chance of being accepted anywhere. The people of Wise are no different than those Perla wished to run from. They judge her harshly and they do not want her among them. However, Perla has been blessed with the ability to cook better than anyone in town. She is able to provide food in abundance. When severe drought comes to Wise, some people believe they suffer because of Perla's sins. Others begin to turn to her to be fed during the worst of the drought. When the local preacher accuses them all of being the worst of sinners because they associate with Perla, her hopes of a new life and forgiveness are dashed.

Casewell Phillips is a well respected member of the community. He has never married, but would like to find a decent, moral woman to share his life. He loves music and working with wood. A simple man with simple dreams, Casewell meets Perla and Sadie at church, and his life begins to change. He is attracted to Perla and adores Sadie. He hopes that the gossip he's been hearing about Perla is unfounded. The truth is, the rumors are correct.

When Perla admits her sins to Casewell, he judges her just the same as everyone has and tries to distance himself from her. Perla does not believe she deserves love, so also pulls away from Casewell. Yet, they can't forget each other. They continue to be drawn to each other.

Is forgiveness so unattainable that Perla and Sadie will never find peace? Will they continue to run away from the past and find themselves to be outcasts wherever they go? "Miracle in a Dry Season" carries a strong message about the need to forgive each other and ourselves. It is a deeply moving story which pulls the reader in and holds their interest through the final chapter. I highly recommend this book!

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for my honest review.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Miracle in a Dry Season 8 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I was excited to read Miracle in a Dry Season for a number of reasons. First, I love Bethany House Publishers, and from them I always expect top-notch writing and storytelling. Second, I've never read this author before, so I wanted to check her out. Third, I really enjoy this cover; it intrigued me. Fourth, I haven't read anything from this era in Inspy literature, so I was excited to take a look. Fifth, the back cover copy is written like the story will be a romance, and I'm always excited for those!

The first chapter was great. I was immediately charmed by Casewell, the story's hero. I was smiling at the unique turn-of-phrase the author used. I also immediately liked the heroine, Perla. I could tell she had a secret to hide, and I was intrigued by it enough to keep reading.

But as the story continued, I began to grow more and more disenchanted with the story, I'm sorry to say. While the characters were very strong (loved the father, the elderly twins, Perla's family, etc.), the writing grew into a "telling" style, more so than I prefer to read personally. I found myself skimming in order to get to the action. That really dragged the pacing down for me. I also kept waiting for the romance, but it never blossomed into what I hoped to see. I honestly felt this was a historical fiction with a light romantic thread, instead of a historical romance. That would've been fine by me, had the back cover copy not portrayed it as a romance.

I did love the era though. Thomas did a great job weaving in the spirit of the time period, and I plan to read more of this era in Inspy lit. I have Thomas' novella, Appalachian Serenade, on my Kindle (which also has an awesome cover!), so I do plan on reading that. I do hope to love this author, given time. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!
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