Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Miracle in a Dry Season - Sarah Loudin Thomas
Perla Long arrives in 1954 Wise, West Virginia with a daughter, no husband, and a mysterious gift with food. The fatherless daughter raises eyebrows and turns some backs, but when the town experiences a horrible drought, can they allow themselves to see Perla's gift as a miracle, or will they continue to suspect the devil's work? Can Casewell Phillips see past his initial judgement of Perla to the woman she is and the lessons she can teach if he's willing to open his heart to the God of forgiveness?
I've been in a book slump lately, picking up several books and not getting more than a chapter or two into them before setting them aside. This novel, however, didn't get set down much at all in the day and a half it took me to read it. While Perla's gift with food should seem illogical, it fits within the book and serves as a catalyst to change for so many of the characters, bringing healing and forgiveness and opening doors long since closed. As she says at one point in the book, "All too often sorrow and joy come skipping into your life holding hands." This could be the summary statement for this book; even as the town withers away within the drought, miracles happen, lives are changed, love is found, and fresh chances are given.
I loved how the author not only weaved together so many stories of characters needing forgiveness, but she used unusual folks to deliver the messages they needed to hear. For instance, the town drunk, long left alone, turns out to have his own story to tell, and forgiveness to both extend and receive. As a reader, I felt invested in this small town, its people, and their need for a healed community to move forward. The circumstances of a drought forcing them to rely on each other and to get past their misconceptions gave depth to a story and intriguing cast of characters.
I give this story 4 stars. I'm excited that it's the first in a series, and I look forward to reading more from this author!
You can find A Miracle in a Dry Season HERE.
You can find the author's website HERE. (I may have to try the peach cobbler recipe; I only wish I had seen the apron contest before it ended - my children look adorable in their aprons!)
You can connect with the author on Facebook HERE.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers, in exchange for my honest review.