Book Review-Miracle in a Dry Season

30 Sep


Summary: Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in 1950s West Virginia, and follows the story of Perla Long and her daughter Sadie as they arrive in the town of Wise to stay with Perla’s aunt.  Perla hopes that the move to Wise will quiet all the rumors that swirled around her in her previous home, and she can lead a normal, quiet life.  At least, a life as quiet as can be with a small child, no husband, and an unusual gift-every time she cooks, it seems like it multiplies ten-fold.

But, things aren’t any better in Wise.  The gossip is relentless, and when a drought begins to plague the area, people begin to blame Perla for that too-thinking she is a curse.  Will Perla ever have a home untainted by her past?  Will anyone ever be able to look past her sins and accept her as she is?  And why does she have this strange gift-is it really a curse as some people say?

Review: This book picks up where Appalachian Serenade ends (an e-book prequel, that I believe is still free, and I have previously reviewed on the blog.)  I loved Appalachian Serenade, and had been looking forward to this book as well.  I was not disappointed.  I love Loudin’s writing style, and am particularly impressed with this being her first book.  It was well-written, entertaining, and had some good twists and turns.  It also has a really great message about forgiving others-no matter what.  I enjoyed this book tremendously, and will definitely be reading anything else written by this author.  This is a “keeper” book for me!

As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.


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