Wonderful, simply wonderful. A story of love, healing, and forgiveness sure to grip the heart of every reader.
--Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author
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.
This debut novel is splendid. The story is genuine and heartfelt, with just a touch of the Divine. A story of forgiveness and reckoning, and realizing love does cover a multitude of sins. Thomas will be a go-to author after you read Miracle in a Dry Season.
--Rachel Hauck, bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and Once Upon a Prince
Charming, whimsical, and intelligently written, Miracle in a Dry Season is a beautiful debut novel!
--Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author of Promises to Keep
In 1954, rumors swirl when beautiful Perla and her five-year old daughter, Sadie, arrive in small-town Wise, W.Va., during a terrible drought. Not only does Perla lack a husband, but her unusual "way with cooking," which turns meager rations into abundant feasts, also comes under suspicion as witchcraft. Church elder, carpenter, and community pillar Casewell Phillips tries to maintain a balance between friendship and distance with Perla because of her obviously sinful past. Cruel gossip, inflamed by hypocritical Pastor Longbourne's Sunday morning tirades against harlots, interferes with the townfolks' willingness to accept Perla's culinary gifts as the miracle they are, even at the threat of their own survival. Casewell's struggle to discern whose behavior is truly Christian leads him to examine his own judgmental nature, while Perla's suspicion "that God wasn't really all that interested in her" inhibits her ability to accept her own worthiness to be loved. Thomas's fiction debut offers sympathetic, wholesome protagonists seeking to live faithful, prayerful lives and engaging supporting characters in subplots that explore the overarching themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the wideness of God's love.