Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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“All too often sorrow and joy come skipping into your life holding hands.” Isn’t that the truth?
Reading Sarah Loudin Thomas’s Miracle in a Dry Season was an experience reminiscent of reading Janette Oke, one of my favorite authors, as there was a sweetness and simplicity to this novel that I found refreshing. I was surprised that most of the story is told from Casewell’s side as he has to examine the condition of his heart and his character–not always the prettiest task to undertake, not even for people who consider themselves to be decent and upstanding. Perla’s balking at her own gift at times is quite human and understandable, and her courage to use the gift anyway when it’s inconvenient for her is admirable.
Considering the book’s title, the corresponding theme didn’t extend to as much of the book, length-wise, as I thought it would. It seemed that the story could have then wrapped up after that in fewer pages than it did, and the definite sense of the story going somewhere didn’t seem as tight after the town’s dry season. I also would have liked to be let in on more of Perla’s personal thoughts after what must have been her turning point, as other characters expressed to her how their views had changed, but I didn’t quite see if her views toward herself conclusively changed or not.
Yet, the novel ends with an overall sense of warmth and peace, and I’m looking forward to what will come next in Thomas’s Appalachian Blessings series.