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Miracle in a Dry Season

(Appalachian Blessings #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,875 ratings  ·  304 reviews
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
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 29th 2014)
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Susan Snodgrass
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 wo
Kate Breslin
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Miracle in a Dry Season is about forgiveness, in the way rain can soften a hardened heart or manna feed a soul hungry for reconciliation. Author Sarah Loudin Thomas cleverly weaves in the symbolism of water and bounty as she tells her beautiful story. Local carpenter and church elder Casewell Phillips's righteous preconceptions are shaken when he finds himself drawn to a woman haunted by scandal. Newcomer Perla Long seeks to forget the past and find acceptance from her new neighbors. When a deva ...more
SUMMARY: 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 sen
Amanda Geaney
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Miracle in a Dry Season is a tender story about the healing that comes through forgiveness. Both forgiving others and forgiving one’s self. Flush with scripture, the novel stays true to God’s design for repentance and restoration.

The book’s characters are heartwarming and genuine representations of times past, but their battles are the same that we fight today – lips that spread gossip, unrepentant hearts, and religious self-righteousness. Thomas gives her readers an intimate look into their mot
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I loved the theme of judgment throughout the book. All of us fall short and who are we to judge? I also enjoyed the literary feel of the book and several secondary characters such as Sadie, Liza, Angie & Frank. On the flip side, parts of the story seem disjointed to me and took away from the flow of the novel. Overall, it was a good read. ...more
This author's style is very good, I just didn't enjoy the story for several reasons.
This was a good book. Well thought out and a good story with life lessons to ponder.

There were allegories throughout the book. An example of our debt which Christ paid...and a similarity to the miracle of feeding the 5000, of a dry season in our lives by insidious sin that goes unnoticed, of evil being cast out, and of the long awaited rain as a symbol of being washed clean after repentance. This is the part that was well thought out.

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Arlena Dean

Title: Miracle in a Dry Season
Author: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publisher: Bethany House Publisher
Series: Appalachian Blessing Book #1
Review By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Miracle in a Dry Season" by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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"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 i
J.C. Morrows


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 Lo
Amy Grochowski
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Miracle in a Dry Season were a painting, then I would hang it in my home as a centerpiece among family portraits to showcase my heritage. Within the pages of this beautiful tale is the heart of a people closely related to those from whom I descend. With grace and charm, Sarah Loudin Thomas writes beyond the stereotypes of Appalachia and carries us to a place both real and fanciful, where we experience what has been and what could be.
The special gift of the heroine transforms the book into an
Shari Larsen
It's 1954, and Perla Long was hoping that her arrival in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, would go unnoticed. She just wants a safe place to raise her daughter, Sadie, where her past can stay hidden, but soon there is talk among the townspeople that Perla is a "harlot".

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to be a bachelor, until he meets Perla. She's everything he's wanted in a woman, but he senses she is hiding something. When the drought worsens, he sees that Perla has a unique gift; o
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Deep and thoughtful writing depicts a simpler time, but with timeless conflicts faced by the community and the individuals in it. There is a heavy focus on themes of judging and the need for forgiveness- of others and self. Casewell has a genuine heart that is seeking for truth as his perceptions shift and he allows his heart to open. Perla is bravely trying to start over and provide for her daughter. There is a sense of desperation that increases with the drought and the division of loyalties, ...more
Another reviewer stated my thoughts better than I could. "A good clean story about life as it really was in that time and place. And about sin and forgiveness and the cruelty of people who classify some sins as more worthy of condemnation than others. And about pride, and cruelty and how "a little child shall lead them." I thoroughly enjoyed the book."
I'd heard so much about this book, and I'm glad I finally got to it. It was rich and very good.
Kelsie Maxwell
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. I laughed. I cried. I felt this novel deeply.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to read this book because of the title "Miracle in a Dry Season." Who has not went through a dry season and hoped for a miracle? Many of the town people of Wise, West Virginia in 1954 do not know what to make of the Perla special abilities when it come to food. They do not know if it is a curse or a gift from God. After all she is a single woman with a five year old daughter; a "harlot". Some even believe that Perla may be the cause of the town's drought. Casewell Phillips is the mos ...more
Thomas's beautiful language will draw you into this Appalachian community. A beautiful, gentle story about grace, love, and seeing beyond ourselves.
Sandra Barnett
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was enlightening to realize how judgemental Christian are! This book touches home and convicted me through out the book! Great job! I will be reading your books in the future!
Alice Teets
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book set in a fictional town in West Virginia. The author is from the county I now call home, so that added to my enjoyment of the book. I recognized the attitudes displayed by the characters and enjoyed the redemption they received from each other and God.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Debbie Macomber, Jan Karon, or the Grace Chapel Inn series.

One tiny complaint is that the author used you'ns instead of y'all which is most commonly used around here. (I said it was
Wendy Sessions
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down

You will fall in love with the people of Wise. I laughed and cried with them. I was glad I read her book Sereanade first. Even though not part of this series it introduces some of the characters that are important in this book.
Sarah Fox
The publisher kindly provided a free copy in exchange for voluntarily reviewing and promoting. I'm sorry I took so long, long TBR list. I enjoyed the book full of love, emotion, inspiration, and forgiveness. Looking forward to next book!
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read about judgment, forgiveness, and living and dying well. The blurb emphasizes Perla, but the novel is really about Casewell, who rushes to judgment (along with the rest of the town) about Perla and comes to learn the truth about her and several other people and situations in the small town of Wise.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a powerful and poignant story of family and forgiveness!

A charming romance story with just a touch of prayers and God's Word. I adore little Sadie, the storyline, and the setting's community. Great book.
Some novels are especially good at wrapping you up in an atmosphere – Miracle in a Dry Season does just that. It only took a few pages of reading, and I suddenly found myself enmeshed in the nostalgic 1950’s small town setting of Wise, West Virginia. From the rural lanes to the laid back, everyone-knows-everyone town streets, Wise is filled with the charming sweetness that comes with small towns. However, like any small town, the petty judgments that arise can alienate even the kindest soul, and ...more
Mackenzie Carol
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miracle in a Dry Season is the first book in Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Blessings series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I actually really enjoyed this sweet story, and will have to add Sarah to my list of favorite authors. She did a fantastic job of tying this story together, and I loved how she weaved in miracles, the drought, and Perla’s gift. It really made ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was hard for me to believe this was Sarah Loudin Thomas's first novel. It was extremely well written and held my interest all the way through. I first was drawn to read this book because it was set in 1954, the same year I was born. But the storyline and characters quickly drew me in. A small country type town with a close knit community worked together during an extreme drought that nearly devastated everyone and everything. Perla came to the town, a stranger, to live with her aunt and uncle ...more
Virginia Campbell
A gently charming story of faith and forgiveness, "Miracle in a Dry Season" is a promising debut from author Sarah Loudin Thomas. In the mid-1950's of rural Appalachia, in the little town of Wise, West Virginia, a miracle is beginning to take shape. Folks don't know what to expect from single mother Perla Long and her young daughter Sadie. Trying to put the mistakes and misconceptions of her past behind her, Perla hopes to quietly settle into the community, finding shelter with her aunt and uncl ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Realistic and powerful themes are found in the pages of Miracle in a Dry Season. The book is set just after the Korean War and reflects many of the beliefs and customs of the time period.

Perla left her parents home hoping to escape the scorn and gossip surrounding her because she was an an unwed mother. She hoped to give a better life to her daughter, Sadie. She hoped to find peace and happiness in a town where her past was not know and she could be free.

Bad news and gossip followed her to Wise
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Though I struggled to get into Miracle in a Dry Season in the early pages, I soon found myself swept into Wise, and I couldn't put the book down.

In Casewell's journey from judgement to grace, author Sarah Loudin Thomas paints a powerful—and convicting—picture of what our own Christian walks should look like. Maybe you don't struggle with extending grace to other believers, but I sure fall on the side of judgement far too often. This lesson—which I seem to need to learn over and over again—is wra
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I’m a Christian, wife, fundraiser and writer living near Asheville, NC. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV. I used to say “rural WV,” but realized that’s largely redundant. I LOVE my home state and the fact that I’m the seventh generation to grow up on the family farm. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. I want you to be as wild about these hazy, blue mountains a ...more

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