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.
What a wonderful book this is. It reminds me of the story from the Bible, feeding the 5000. However it is a more modern story and one which shows how much kindness people can give and show in times of sorrow and despair. It also highlights how people can and do forgive when they are the ones who are being wronged in the first place.
Perla is a truly special lady and once Casewell begins to know her, he sees that too. The town of Wise is a unique place and I hope Sarah writes more books about this town as there are certainly many more tales to be told. This is Sarah's debut book and she is an author I will be certainly looking forward to reading.
The way she writes her books, makes for an easy read and the descriptions make everything and everyone come to life.
Stars out of 5 : 5 I was hooked right away and I didn't want to put the book down as I wanted to know what happened next. Well worth reading.
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