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Publication Order of Appalachian Blessings Books

Appalachian Serenade (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miracle in a Dry Season (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Until the Harvest (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Tapestry of Secrets (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With All My Heart Romance Collection (By:Karen Witemeyer) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sound of Rain Books

The Sound of Rain (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Shot at Love (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

When Silence Sings (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Right Kind of Fool (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a historical fiction and Christina Romance author from North Carolina that is best known for the “Appalachian Blessings” series. Thomas grew up in French Creek, West Virginia where her parents lived on a 100-acre farm that had been in the family for seven generations. She loves to set her novels in West Virginia and celebrates the heritage, the land, and the people of Appalachia. She wrote her debut novel “Miracle in a Dry Season” in 2014 and has never looked back since. She now has more than seven titles in the “Appalachian Blessings” and “Sound of Rain” series alongside several single standing titles and an omnibus. As a teen, she dreamed of becoming a marine scientist but her passion for writing soon won out over science and she graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in journalism. Over the years, she has used her love for words to make a career in marketing and public relations. While she has made a name for herself as an author, she still works in communications as she is in charge of communications and fundraising for a children’s home. Sarah loves to write Christian fiction since she was brought up in a Christian family and still has her faith. She currently lives in the mountain in North West Carolina with her husband to whom she has been married for nineteen years. When she is not writing her novels, she can be found taking hikes with her husband and canine, helping out at her local church, cooking, or reading.

Unlike many other novelists, Sarah Thomas always wanted to write though she never thought of one day becoming a novelist. She wrote all manner of songs, stories, and poems as a child. When she went to college, she became even more serious with her writing and soon had several things published. After graduating and practicing as a journalist for several years, she had several thousand words written and thought why not write a book. Since Sarah is a Christian, writing Christian fiction came naturally to her. Moreover, she can get pretty intense about everything and for someone devout to her faith as she is, it was inevitable that she would write some good fiction. She has said that many readers have written to her saying that her novels have been significant and meaningful in their lives, which she believes is because of her earnest faith. Apart from being a novelist, she treasures having a closer walk with Christ. She would love to one day move to West Virginia where she can be closer to home and family. She would also like to come to the point where the is an even spread between her writing and work in ministry and charity.

Sarah Loudin Thomas never decided that she would be writing in a specific genre and she is still trying to figure out what it is she writes even though her works have been classified as historical Christian fiction. When she first started writing the “Appalachian Blessing” series, she set her story in the 1940s even though the latest of her novels have been contemporary fiction with flashbacks to a bygone era. Even as each of her novels usually come with a romantic thread, the emphasis is not on the romance but rather on historic fiction. In recent times, she has tried as much as possible to write about the life and times of people who lived in the past. As a Christian, it is just natural that aspects of her faith will be included in the novels since it is part of who she is as a person. She will often pray over her manuscripts, thanking God for the beauty and wonder of her story through her faith, hoping that someone somewhere will find some meaning in it. Appalachia, where she grew up also plays a huge role in her novels as she has tons of experiences from her childhood to draw upon. Growing up in a farm in the middle of the mountains of Appalachia gives her a real sense of place and since she recently moved back home, she likely will never run out of material. Whether she is researching the history of Appalachia or dipping into childhood experiences and family stories, she will never run out of material most of which she has already written down in note form, just waiting to be fictionalized.

“Miracle in a Dry Season” is a novel set in 1954, where Perla Long has just arrived in West Virginia. She had intended to come in announced and go about settling in the small town of Wise with her daughter Sadie. She hopes the town will be a safe place to put down roots and forget about the many mistakes she had made in the past. But she has come in at the worst time since the town is in the grip of the worst drought in years. She is immediately drawn into the whirlwind of a town that needs a miracle desperately. On the other hand, is Casewell Phillips, a man who has given up on ever finding his soulmate – until he meets the inimitable Perla. She is everything he ever wanted and is someone he believes he could fall in love with. But he has the feeling that she may be hiding something huge. Meanwhile, the drought around them is getting worse and Perla decides to exercise her unique gift. She had expected people to be elated with her intervention but instead, the town is split into two. She faces condemnation on one hand and gratitude on the other. The two soon find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of faith, fear, forgiveness, and anger.

Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “Until the Harvest” opens to Henry Phillips devastated. A family tragedy had so impacted him that he had blown his college studies feeling abandoned and unanchored. The only things that give him a sense of hope and relief from his grief are his fiddle, the family farm, and an unlikely friendship with the unusual and sweet Mayfair Hoffman a twelve-year-old. Unfortunately, Margaret who is Mayfair’s sister is a completely different person despite her beautiful turned up nose and spray of freckles. Even worse is the fact that they can never get rid of her since she helps their grandmother around the house even as she is always looking to push his buttons. In the early days, he believed that she never cared about any of the grief plaguing his life. However, it is not long before he discovers that Margaret has her own struggles to deal with. Mayfair’s unique gift and health are what is worrying her elder sister Margaret. Margaret and Henry soon find themselves having to rely on each other as the threat of tragedy looms even greater.

“A Tapestry of Secrets” by Sarah Loudin Thomas is the story of Ella’s grandmother Perla. She just suffered a stroke while trying to come up with a good story for Ella, hoping it would make her happy. While this sounds odd to a lot of modern people, it is critical to note that for many people in the United States, storytelling remains one of the most important ways of transmitting life lessons. Perla did not intend to offer Ella advice in a matter of fact way, but rather she wanted to tell it from the pint of a story of an experience she had as a youth. But before they could sit down, Perla had been struck down by a stroke and now she cannot communicate, let alone speak. It is now up to Sadie her aunt to uncover the wisdom that Perla wanted to impart on their own. But soon Sadie and Ella realize that Perla is urgently trying to communicate something to them. Since she cannot speak, they are forced to go on a treasure hunt into Perla’s past hoping they can find some of the secrets she may be trying to tell them.

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