Miracle in a Dry Season
Sarah Loudin Thomas
Genre: Christian Fiction
Summary (from the publisher): 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.
Review: If I was rating this book solely within the realm of Christian fiction, I would give it 4 stars. It is a lovely, gentle, non-offensive romance about judging others and forgiveness. The moral lessons about judging not lest ye be judged and those without sin casting the first stone are as relevant today as they have ever been, and provide a nice reminder to the reader to apply these lessons in her own life.
This story was set in 1954 in Appalachia, and as I was reading, I kept forgetting both the time period and the setting. It seemed to me that the moral code of the characters was a little outdated for 1954, and would have been more appropriately set in the early 1900s or even late 1800s in any farming state. The author states that her "love of the Appalachian Mountains informs [her] writing" but I would have enjoyed more descriptions of the beautiful mountainous setting.
Rating: 3 stars