I wish the author would have told us a little more about Perla's past. Perhaps the woman and child were family come to visit. Some novels are especially good at wrapping you up in an atmosphere — Miracle in a Dry Season does just that. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. And this will be our present. Within the pages of this beautiful tale is the heart of a people closely related to those from whom I descend.
Some feel as though they stand by in a fog as people all around them get promoted and gain success in an area of business or life. Some even believe that Perla may be the cause of the town's drought. Many people pick and choose certain aspects of Scripture to believe while assigning others as suspect. Coming to care for Casewell Phillips, long-resigned to being a bachelor, Perla confesses her situation to him and immediately was judged for what she had done. Perla came to the town, a stranger, to live with her aunt and uncle It was hard for me to believe this was Sarah Loudin Thomas's first novel.
Local carpenter and church elder Casewell Phillips's righteous preconceptions are shaken when he finds himself drawn to a woman haunted by scandal. Perla, however, had an unusual gift from God that she was willing to share with everyone, even those that condemned her. Folks don't know what to expect from single mother Perla Long and her young daughter Sadie. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. Music was the only thing he liked better than a good meal cooked by a pretty woman. Got to use all them eggs up somehow.
The town does have its own issues, views and morals. One side of the building held the tractor and tools he needed for farmwork. A story of forgiveness and reckoning, and realizing love does cover a multitude of sins. But the gospel was presented a number of times, and the sin of judgment was a great focus these people had whole logs in their eyes they couldn't see beyond, but they vilified this poor girl who made a mistake and continues to suffer the consequences for years. I am not a creative person and feel that I can't do the book justice with this review. You will be carried away to Wise, West Virginia where you will find friends to cheer for and a little extra peace for your soul.
This story is wonderfully written. Imager Portfolio is a magical world from the bestselling author of the Saga of Recluce. Delilah called them to the porch for dessert—huge slices of angel cake with sliced and sugared strawberries. I couldn't wait for the release of just to find out where the story was going. His stomach growled a little louder, and he wondered what he could rustle up for dinner. Here was something she had not dreamed of. Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor.
Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review I loved the theme of judgment throughout the book. I liked how the author was able to bring Casewell Phillips and Perla together which was no easy task. 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. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. Smoothing his rough hands over the sawn lumber, he could feel the shape of the furniture rising up to meet him. We must stand up and speak words of life into our children—blessing them and encouraging them daily. This is Sarah Loudin Thomas's debut novel.
I wanted to go to Wise, West Virginia and meet some of these people. You probably remember the store well enough from when we lived there. They were new to the church. All of us fall short and who are we to judge? And it would serve them better to exercise their feet and let their tongues rest a minute. Amen, intoned Pastor Longbourne, and the congregation echoed him. He set to work on his thank-you gift for Perla and Sadie.
He can't quite wrap his head around the fact that he believes she is hiding something serious. Oh, that would be fun, Delilah said. As soul mates; they marry, yet soon become star-crossed and doomed. That same day he made the decision to do everything in his power to receive the blessing of his father. Loudin Thomas has an incredible gift for putting words on a page.
She has published multiple articles as well as the prequel novella to Miracle in a Dry Season, Appalachian Serenade. The author brings a touching story about a small community set in 1954. BookGorilla sends you a single daily email alert with the best deals on books that match your reading preferences, including bestsellers and freebies! When I was in second grade my teacher had an incentive program to get book reports turned in. Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to be a bachelor, until he meets Perla. You hold your head up, her mother said. Perla, who needs no one else to remind her of her indiscretion, feels unworthy of a man such as Casewell.