A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Tapestry of Secrets is another beautiful story by Sarah Loudin Thomas. I love the slow, everyday pace of Thomas’s novels and A Tapestry of Secrets followed the same gentle pace. Ella and Perla, granddaughter and grandmother, the main characters in A Tapestry of Secrets, share their struggles and heartaches in a beautiful touching story about understanding and accepting the past while trying to find meaning now in the middle of change.

Thomas adeptly uses everyday events to create the tension and plot in this novel and that makes her characters and their lives seems so authentic. She also does an admirable job of weaving in parts of related novels for those of us who have read them without confusing new readers. I loved the depth Thomas created in Ella and Perla by intertwining their stories. I did feel that Sadie remained a bit too superficial and I couldn’t move past that about her.

A Tapestry of Secrets is a lovely story about family, friendship, and helping others. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas for my candid review.

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The genuine characters and simple plot of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas make for an affecting story of love, loss, and renewal. Once again, Thomas has written a touching story of diverse people trying to make the best of everyday life and struggles.

I really liked Margaret with her quiet strength. Margaret works for an elderly widow Emily and looks after her diabetic younger sister. When tension at home with her parents become unbearable, Margaret chooses to make her own way.

As Margaret struggles to provide for herself and Mayfair, she frequently crosses paths with Henry, grandson of her employer. Henry has dropped out of school and decided that he no longer wants to pursue his parents’ plan for him. When unexpected tragedy descends on his family, Henry struggles to find the best path for his future.

As Margaret and Henry struggle to find their own ways, they gradually learn that prejudices and unyielding opinions do not heal. In a poignant story of loss and renewal, author Sarah Thomas shows us that acceptance and love bring lasting healing that changes hearts and lives.

Although the plot of Until the Harvest is less intense than many novels, it was still a delightful, touching read. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas for my candid review.

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

As the debut novel that continues the story of young Perla from Appalachian Serenade, Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas shares a charming story in a simple style that draws us effortlessly into the life of Perla, niece of Delilah, as a young adult returning to Wise.

Thomas captures well the struggles of Perla and Casewell, as she share their differing perspectives throughout her story. What I really liked is how well she captured the nuances of living in a small community where everyone influences everyone.

When prolonged drought threatens the people in Wise, Perla’s special gift may sustain the town, but her past has polarized her neighbors. Casewell, the carpenter, was my favorite character. I loved to see his honest transformation as he faced his prejudices and then surmounted them.

I liked Perla, but felt that she offered a more troubled character. On the one hand, she viewed herself as unworthy of love because of her past choices, yet at the same time, her thoughts showed little regret for what she did. Her main regrets centered around how people treated her differently and harshly because of her choices. I would have liked Perla to have shown more inner reconciliation and Godly sorrow rather than self-pity. Yet, Thomas did drive home how we often judge people based on past choices rather than their present hearts.

Overall, I was touched by this debut novel and highly recommend it. I look forward to reading future books by Thomas. Bethany House sent me a complimentary book of Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas to review.

Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The novella Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas was a delight to read! Thomas’s writing seemed beautiful and yet so simple in the way that it told the story of two people who thought their chance for love had already passed them by.

The characters Delilah and Robert were so believable and so everyone. From the beginning, Thomas effortlessly swept me into Delilah’s life and her troubles. And Robert. What was there not to like about Robert who took a personal interest in everyone he interacted with. Susanne threw in an unexpected twist but that’s for you to find out when you read it.

Not only did I enjoy the plot, but Thomas’s writing was as much a pleasure to read. From the title, to her characters, to the profound and heartfelt wisdom she shares along the way, Thomas’s writing refreshed me as her characters struggled to find peace with their deepest desires.

I look forward to reading Thomas’s debut novel Miracle in a Dry Season which will be released in August 2014 by Bethany House. Bethany House sent me a complimentary eBook of Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas to review.