Book Review: Miracle in a Dry Season

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It’s time for another book review! This is brand new author, this is her first book, and I really enjoyed it. :>

Here’s the summary:

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

“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.”

The theme throughout the book is forgiveness. It’s a great reminder that there is a fine line between accountability and forgiveness, and it’s often difficult to see the right move God asks of us. And that only the Lord truly knows the heart of each Person. It’s also natural to wonder if someone is truly repentant if they aren’t displaying outward remorse for their sin. It’s great to think about these challenges and to see how the characters faced them as they learned more about God’s forgiveness. It isn’t just the main characters dealing with this issue either, there are quite a few characters judging (the way only God gets to), judging (as in accountability) and forgiving. So much healing takes place as the town struggles through drought, food and water shortages, blame, fear and desperation for rain. I also love that Perla’s daughter, Sadie is used in big ways to show the path to forgiveness. We can often learn from children, just as they learn from us.

The bottom line? God forgives, and tells us to forgive. Sometimes that’s easier said, than done, but always worth the work. We all need forgiveness!

Jesus (Christ) said, “I don’t condemn you, go sin no more.” John 8:11b

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review).

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Book Review: “Until I found You” by Victoria Bylin

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I’m back with another book review thanks to a complimentary copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review of the book, “Until I Found You” by Victoria Bylin.

 

Here’s the synopsis:

 

“Finding each other was only the beginning . . .

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She isn’t planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow–no dating for a year–but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby. . . .”

 

Here’s what I really liked about the book:

In this day and age, when careers and freedom are so valued over more important things, we see a realistic struggle with what is the best course to take. Big city vs. small town, helping family and friends vs. success in the world’s eyes, etc. The support of Nick’s Christian brother as Nick, a brand new Christian learns what it means to be a Christ Follower, is great! There is a real, honest progression of struggles and learning process as he figures it all out, what his life should look like now and how he can help Kate in the same way once she makes the same decision he has.

 

I live in California and have never heard anyone from here say “1-5”, which they use in the story. That’s what people like me say that are from Oregon, so I thought is was weird that they don’t call it “The 5” as everyone here does, (I like authenticity).

 

Anyone with a fascination for Condors will probably enjoy the story as there’s quite a bit about them here. I hadn’t heard a lot about them before this. :>

 

All in all, it’s a pretty good story! See for yourself!

 

 

 

 

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