FICTION

Miracle in a Dry Season

Bethany House. Aug. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780764212253. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441264114. CF
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OrangeReviewStarLiving in the small town of Wise, WI, in 1954, Casewell Phillips is content to take one day at a time and has no idea what the year holds in store. His life takes a turn when he meets Perla Long and her daughter Sadie. Soon Casewell is crafting furniture for dolls and wondering about the gift of never-ending food that seems to come whenever Perla cooks a meal. Throw in a mix of small-town gossip, the illness of a loved one, a minister bent on judgment, and the opportunity to see God work in the hearts of charming townfolk, and readers will stay up all night reading to see what happens next.
VERDICT Fans of Karen Kingsbury's feel-good stories of heartfelt lessons will love Thomas's debut. They'll need a box of tissues and to be willing to hunker down, because they won't want to miss a single word. Once in a while a new author comes along with a work that makes you sit up and take notice. Thomas has crafted a tale of this proportion.

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