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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Miracle in a Dry Season
Sarah Loudin Thomas
ISBN: 9780764212253
Publisher Synopsis:
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.

MrsK's Review:
This book promises a beautiful journey. It's a journey that will bring a smile to your day. A journey that will inspire you to walk away from all of those who are judgmental, condemning, and seeking to shred you with their gossip. When the "stuff" of life threatens your hope, our Lord always opens a door for us to walk through with faith. What is awaiting is a new beginning, a life fully loaded with individuals "hand-picked" to be welcomed into your life. This new beginning will bring you to a recognized cross road, yet this time you aren't alone.

The beautifully described setting is a small town in West Virginia. It is during a turning point for all Americans as the Korean War was coming to an end (1954). A time when the media was changing the "role" of women, television was changing life within households, and the government was tracking down Communists. Within the nation, there remained certain remote towns in which communities attended church, grew up and rarely left home. This was the "opened door" that gave Perla such hope.

In a town where the spring planting is done, there is time for barn dances. When was the last time you attended a barn dance? When was the last time the ladies from church were so a "buzzed" with planning that men hurried to get their cars? Have you ever "flat-footed" across the floor? At any family get-together, have you enjoyed a delicious Hummingbird cake or ham biscuits?  When was the last time you watched a gentle man give a gift to a little girl who had no father, a gift so lovingly crafted... a gift every little girl would delight in... close your eyes and envision the scene:
"Well, you'd better come see what's in this basket, then."
Sadie scurried over and pushed aside the dish towel... She gasped and then crouched down,
using both hands to hold Amy as if letting the doll look into the basket.
Sadie reached in and removed the chair, then the table, and finally the little bed.
She placed them in a semicircle in front of her and then just gazed at them. 

Perla is a single mother, raising a delightful daughter (Sadie). Perla is "gifted" with the ability to make meals from anything:
"Seems like I've always been able to cook. I just wish my food didn't... didn't go on like it does."

Casewell is man after God's own heart. He is a carpenter who values his talent, his gift, and his desire to "do" for others:
Casewell walked across the backyard to a stout little outbuilding that he had designed and built...
The far side held his woodworking tools---his treasures.

With a story line of a drought that threatens their town, Perla and Casewell will be led in a discovery of inner strength, God's will for their lives, and a love that will mend the past.

This journey is woven with vivid scenes that touches a reader's spirit. Whether its the scene when Casewell tastes the water from a forgotten stream during the worst of the drought, or the moment his father "sees" the rain before it splatters upon the window. There are moments of beautiful prayer that will sing within your heart. There are moments of loneliness that will bring a swift "sting" unto your eyes. Yet, just as in our moments of life... there are those moments of joy that truly make life worth living.

Blessings are found within these pages,
  A beautiful and enjoyable read.
Added to my shelf and shared with the
Booked to Dine Book Club
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 bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina.

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    1 comment:

    Sarah Thomas said...

    Thank you for sharing some of my favorite moments from the novel! My husband's hands-down favorite is the doll furniture. Mine is John seeing the rain. Your review blessed my day!

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