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Appalachian Serenade

(Appalachian Blessings #0.5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,209 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister's offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream--even if it means giving up the old?

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Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Published June 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 6th 2014)
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Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Appalachian Serenade definitely was a good introduction to the series. While I'm not sure if I will be reading the first book, I did like this little prequel novella. The characters were great and I could feel for them with their struggles and dreams.

It was written very well. If you like historical romances, check it out. I got it for free on Amazon Kindle and I think it is still free: (aff link)
3.5 stars
An enjoyable novella about a small town woman finding meaning to her life in a new place after being widowed and losing her job to returning WW2 vets. Short, sweet, and enjoyable.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a different feel for me, but I enjoyed the sweet story. I loved the beautiful message about God's plan not always looking like we pictured, but still being perfect!
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If I didn't love it, I wouldn't have turned it in to my editor! Can't wait to hear how others like it.
Sarah Grace Grzy
So this was just . . . kinda "meh". I don't know; nothing really "clicked" for me. I liked the character of Robert, but didn't really care for the MC.

Not necessarily bad or no recommended. I just personally didn't enjoy it. :)
Melissa Lee
I really enjoyed reading about Delilah and the comparisons of living in a small mountain town versus a large city like Chicago. Set just as World War II is ending, readers learn very little about how Wise was affected, other than a brief mention of sugar rations. Because of this I think that this could have been set in a number of different time periods, considering how secluded and behind the times smaller communities can be. Although I would have enjoyed more perspective on the time period, I ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The novella Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas was a delight to read! Loudin’s writing seemed beautiful and yet so simple in the way that it told the story of two people who thought their chance for love had already passed them by.

The characters Delilah and Robert were so believable and so everyone. From the beginning, Loudin effortlessly swept me into Delilah’s life and her troubles. And Robert. What was there not to like about Robert who took a personal interest in everyone he intera
Delilah has had to deal with several recent hardships, her husband's death which left her penniless and losing her job because the war ended causing her to move in with her sister in a different state. I enjoyed watching her get her footing again, as well as possibly opening her heart to love.

I thought this was a good setup for the series, it definitely made me interested in reading the first book in the series sometime soon.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1945 West Virginia, Delilah returns home to WV after her husband died prematurely and deeply in debt. While she tried to stay in Chicago, Delilah had a hard time keeping work since the soldiers were returning home and reclaiming their lives.

To keep from being a burden on her sister and brother-in-law, Delilah seeks work to help the household. When she visits the local store to learn of any jobs, Robert Thorton hires her to work alongside him.

The novella is only 115 pages long, but it car
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
don't usually read novellas, so this was pretty interesting. it's really cool how an author is able to write a story in just 115 pages... Sarah Loudin Thomas kept the language and story relatively simple, but it was still really enjoyable going through the story.

there were a ton of characters introduced at the beginning, it was really hard to keep them all straight. it clicked for me eventually though. I really liked the friendship between Delilah and Susanne especially. it was really cute to se
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I love all things Appalachian. I even love the way this ex-Californian has learned to pronounce it correctly.

Appalachian Serenade is a sweet story of two souls who had deep, unfulfilled desires, but willing to allow God's hand to write the story.

Delilah's childless marriage was not a happy one. And now a widow left with debt, returning to West Virginia to live with her sister's family, she faced a solitary life she never dream of.

Robert was a kind bachelor with a general store to run, but no ot
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet novella that I enjoyed. The author didn't try to pack to much into it. Very enjoyable.
Peggy Trotter
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet romance set in early 1900's. Enjoyed it a lot.
Spencer Riley
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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It tasted like childhood. Like the days when she still imagined anything was possible—a happy marriage, children, a long life filled with love and laughter. ~quote from the book

WWII has ended, and Delilah Morrissey, a childless widow, has a difficult time living on her own in Chicago. Her job has been phased out due to the flood of returning soldiers, so an offer from her sister Charlotte, inviting her to come back home to Wise
Denise Hershberger
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First I want to point out that I rarely read novellas because they just aren't long enough to suit me. I like LONG books. The longer the better. I read so fast that I need the book to be long to satisfy me. But when I know that a novella is a prequel to a book series then I'm all for it!

Appalachian Serenade is our preview into the new series by Thomas. The first book is called Miracle in a Dry Season and it is available for pre-order on Amazon even though it doesn't release until August!

Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
When 33-year-old widow Delilah Morrissey comes back home to Wise, West Virginia to live with her sister Charlotte, husband Ed and daughter Perla, she’s not the happiest person. Her husband of 14 years has recently died but his disastrous handling of their money has left her penniless. She had a good job in Chicago but it’s 1945, the war has recently ended, and her job has been given to a returning soldier. When she overhears Ed grousing to Charlotte about her being an imposition, she determines ...more
Beckie Burnham
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
There seems to be a new trend in publishing to have authors, established and newbies, produce novella length works to either introduce the targeted audience to the authors or to give some extra background to a novel that has been or is yet to be published. In the case of Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Serenade, the publisher is doing both. I find the trend a great way to pique readers’ curiosity and to whet their appetite for more. From what I saw in this novella, I would say Thomas’ novel, Mi ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great light book to read it only took about a hour an a half to read!

I chose 4 stars because I wished this book was longer! Lol I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, clean book to read.

Dana Kamstra
From Amazon: Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister’s offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream–even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia–a small town nestled in
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This delightful novella is set in West Virginia just after WWII. Young widow Delilah Morrissey returns to live with her sister and family, and entertains the hope that maybe she can still find love and have children of her own. When she starts working at the local general store, it looks as though she and store owner Robert may have a future together, but what if children can't be a part of that? Delilah and Robert both have to reconsider their plans and dreams and take some steps of faith.

Shalini Ayre
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delilah Morrissey's dreams of being a mother are shattered when she becomes a widow. Not that the loss of her husband is that great, but becoming a mother - that's left a longing.

Moving back to West Virginia to live with her sister and husband, she leaves Chicago with a heavy heart. Arriving in Wise, the small town where her sister lives, Delilah endeavours to pull her weight - despite the grumblings of her brother-in-law.

When she meets Robert Thornton, owner of the town store she's not sure wha
Jennifer Pickwell
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Sarah Loudin Thomas is a new author Bethany House Publishers is introducing this August with her debut novel, Miracle in a Dry Season. Appalachian Serenade is a Novella that is the prequel to the debut novel.

I adored the sweet story in Appalachian Serenade where we meet Delilah who has lost her husband and returned home to Wise, West Virginia. There she is welcomed by her sister, a grumpy brother-in-law, and her niece Perla. To contribute to the family’s finances she obtains a job at the
Katrina Epperson
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is set in 1945 in Wise, West Virginia. Delilah Morrissey has recently moved from Chicago after the death of her husband and the short supply of available jobs now that the war was over. She finds herself living with her sister and brother in law, Charlotte and Ed Long. Ed works for the railroad and Charlotte takes care of their daughter. Finding herself at loose ends and wanting to care for herself Delilah takes a job at the local general store working for Robert Thornton. Robert took ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delilah's experience with marriage wasn't great. So when her husband passes away she feels relief. She moves to Wise, West Virginia to stay with her sister and family. But after she overhears a conversation between her sister and brother-in-law she decides to look for a job.
Working at the general store is more fun than she imagined and the owner is wonderful to work for. But Delilah has her heart set on having children before she is too old. Her faith is tested and her ideals are changed more t
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2014
Appalachian Serenade
By Sarah Loudin Thomas

This little Novella made me want to read more books by Sarah Loudin Thomas. It was short and to the point and sometimes I just wanted more. But I knew since it was a "novella" this is how it would be. with that said I still loved this story! I fell in love with the characters and their struggles and I wanted to keep reading more! I loved watching them grow and learn and seek knowledge and love in their challenges!

Cant wait to read more by Sarah!

I give th
Nadine Keels
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, Appalachian Serenade is a delightful little prelude, no doubt meant to whet readers' appetites for Sarah Loudin Thomas's upcoming novel, Miracle in a Dry Season. Given its novella (more like novelette) length, Serenade takes no time to beat around the bush, so it's a nice read for anyone looking for a quick, simple story of hope and discovery.

Delilah dreams of having what so many women do, and, true to human nature, she has only so wide a view of how those dreams should play out. However,
Hallie Szott
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This brief yet beautiful novella, Appalachian Serenade, sets up Sarah Loudin Thomas’ upcoming novel, Miracles in the Dry Season, to be released on July 29th. Though short enough to easily read in one sitting, the story of Appalachian Serenade introduces readers to the small town of Wise, West Virginia and the quirky characters that inhabit it. Thomas composes a sweet, satisfying love story, while creating an interesting discussion of dreams and family. I e
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This prequel to MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON certainly gets you anxious to read the novel coming in July. I love the storyline and the great characters, especially Delilah. When her husband dies and leaves her with great debt she goes home to WV. While searching for a job she meets Robert who just happens to be looking for an employee in his dry goods store. His attraction for Delilah grows stronger each day but he's hesitant to get involved.

A realistically charming romance set in 1945 Appalachia wh
Susan Toy
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a free download. While it's not the type of fiction I would usually read, I was drawn in first by the cover and then the excellent writing style kept me wanting to read. I would definitely read more books by this author simply because she is a very good writer. What was also done well was the description of the time it takes place (end of WWII) and the setting and people of rural North Carolina.
Nikki Painter
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I love books that are set in my home state of WV so I was excited to read this one. I thought the book was great and characters developed nicely and then just when it was getting really just ended! I was disappointed. The story does continue on with some of the characters so I will most likely read the sequels.
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