1954- Casewell Phillips is satisfied with his life as a bachelor. He has a good business building furniture. He helps his dad with the cows and the farm. He is active in his church and loves to have dinner with his parents, especially when his mother sends home leftovers. But life changes when a drought hits the area. The fields and wells dry up. Folks want to place the blame on someone.
At this same time, Perla Long and her daughter Sadie arrive to stay with her aunt and uncle a while. She helps out at the store and with chores at home, including cooking. And can she cook! It is wonderful what she makes, and there are always left overs. So when the drought is really getting bad, the town works together to see that no one goes hungry and Perla is the cook. But some in town are suspicious of her talent and the rumors begin again.
This is an interesting and enjoyable book. It explores how people work together and often how hurtful words can be. Another theme is miracles, and while we see them in the Bible, we may discount them in modern times. I hope there is another book that continues the story.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, as a member of the Christian Fiction Bloggers group. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.
A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.
Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In a Drought, It’s the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope
It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy 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 gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.