Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)

Book Description:

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 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 sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

Book Review:

After reading Appalachian Serenade I was curious about this book and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately it left a weird taste in my mouth instead of encouraging or uplifting me. 

I enjoyed the premiss of the story, and I even enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the themes of forgiveness and non-judgement, redemption, gossip, and love. 

I can't put my finger on what made me uncomfortable with this though. I thought at first it was Perla's gift. It seemed really weird to me in the setting it was in. I do believe we are all given gifts though, so I'm not sure if that was it or not. 

Either way, I can't see myself reading this again, and it isn't one that I would tell my reading buddies about and say, "You have to read this!" 

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1) 
Title: Miracle in a Dry Season
Author: Sarah Thomas Loudin
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: August 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.