Appalachian Serenade: A Novella (Appalachian Blessings).
This is Sarah Loudin Thomas's first book, her debut novel and you don't want to miss it! Perla has come to Wise, West Virginia. Why? Well something bad happened to her. She fell for a married man. Now she and her little girl, Sadie, need a fresh start. Here in Wise, Perla can hide, heal, and possibly start over again with a new life for her and her child while living with some of her kin folk. Perla needs a life with out making the mistakes she made before, and maybe those mistakes haven't followed her, or have they?
He had decided he would never marry. Nope, not this guy. Then Casewell Phillips met and started getting to know Perla. When Perla lays it all on the line, and trusts this man with her past, in addition to all the gossip he has heard, well ... he hasn't figured out how to not judge yet, or has he? As a major drought presses in, decisions need to be made. Forgiveness or judgement? Love, or hate? Water, or starvation? What if Perla has a part God wants her to play in these people's lives. What if you should be really loving your neighbor? Can this town, this one man, can Perla and her daughter find a home and forgiveness? Can these people mange to judge not that you yourself aren't judged?
This is a really sweet story. I think you will like it a great deal. I'm looking forward to the next works from this new writer!
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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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.
Sarah can be reached through the Contact link on her Website
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764212257