by Sarah Loudin Thomas
I read the prequel novella, Appalachian Serenade, to this book back in June and then was asked to review book 1 in the series. I can honestly say that I really loved both! My review of the novella is here.
Miracle in a Dry Season follows the novella perfectly. The novella introduced us to Robert and Delilah and in this book we get to know them a little better as we read the story about their niece, Perla, and her daughter, Sadie. Perla and Sadie move in with them to escape rumors in their hometown. We also get to know a lot of other fun locals including a set of elderly twin women that were once in love with the same man. You also get to know a young man, Casewell, and his parents. And it is all set during a very difficult time in the community when they are suffering from a very severe drought.
This book was just as great of a read as the novella was. I read it in one sitting. Now, that isn't unusual for me but it still tells you it was great writing that I didn't even hardly take a break while reading two evenings ago!
Thomas's writing really transplants you to the time and place of the novel. You actually feel like you are in 1954 West Virginia. You actually feel like you are experiencing the hard times that the people in the novel are experiencing during the drought. Your heart pours out to them as their wells dry up, the creeks run out of water, the gardens wither away, and the farm animals shrivel up and the farmers begin to lose hope.
If you like books that take you to another place and time you'll love Thomas's books! I cannot wait for books 2 and 3 to come out! What I really can't wait for is to find out who the main characters will be in these new books!
Bethany House and Sarah Loudin Thomas provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as an influencer for the book.