Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: Miracle in a Dry Season

From the book jacket:   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 review:  Debut novel? This book left me breathless!  Sarah Loudin Thomas' writing style is charming and refreshing.  Her writing style magnifies the beauty, and simplicity, of an era gone by.  I was nostalgic for such simple times of square dances, basket dinners and dances complete with banjos and men playing the spoons!  
Perla arrives in Wise, West Virginia in the 1950's after leaving behind a gossipy, wistful past and starts out to begin life anew with her daughter, Sadie, born out of wedlock.  It's not long before the new town starts to condemn and gossip, forcing Perla once again to reevaluate her life.  She's caught the eye of Casewell, one of the town's few batchelors,  but he's weary, worried and torn between feelings growing for Perla and that of what God would expect others to do - forgive.  Perla remains a a constant through-out this book in being a quiet, faithful woman of Christ and a wonderful mother to her daughter.  The small inscripts like Casewell making little doll furniture for Sadie's doll, Amy, was absolutely enchanting. 
Speckled with the harsh realities that often overcame the times, like cancers that can't be cured,  this book gives you a great insight into the times.  Sarah Thomas has done her homework - this book resonates well with the times, area and overall feel of the people in society.   If you'd love a Christian read without and overbearing message of preaching,
and a comforting, heart warming to the soul read, then I highly recommend Miracle!

*Disclaimer:  I received this book for an honest review from Bethany House,
a division of the Baker Publishing Group and was not required to write a positive review.  
Any reflection of such is my own and this review is an honest reflection of such.


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