Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas ~ A Contemporary Romance Review

An Appalachian Blessings Novella
Contemporary Romance

About the novella:

Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister's offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream--even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia--a small town nestled in an Appalachian valley where the everyday miracles of life and faith play out in stories of healing, hope, and love.

Includes an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season, the first full-length novel in the Appalachian Blessings series--a book New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber called, "Wonderful, simply wonderful."

For the present time you can download this novella FREE on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

My thoughts:

I love a good novella, especially when it sets the stage for a great series. Appalachian Serenade is the story of Delilah and Robert. Delilah is a young childless widow that is forced to move in with her sister and her sister's family in rural West Virginia. Although she is welcome, it is a difficult time to have an extra person in the household. In order to relieve some strain Delilah sets out to find work so that she can contribute to the household.

Robert runs the local dry goods store. It's been in the family forever and Robert enjoys all the interaction with the townsfolk but he begins to think about hiring some help to free him up a bit. Along comes Delilah and before either one of them knows it Robert has offered her a job.  

The job is great but changes are coming that make Delilah consider a home and family of her own. She has always envisioned herself as a mother to several children. She is sure that nothing would make her happier. But what if God has different plans?

Meanwhile, Robert finds himself more and more attracted to Delilah. But Robert has a secret that keeps him from approaching her. He longs to have a wife but can he be content without one if that is what God's plan is?

This is a beautiful story about learning to trust God with everything. His ways are always better and if we will just surrender to what He has for us we will receive so much more than we ever imagined.

I do have a warning for you! At the very end of this novella is an excerpt from the first book in the Appalachian Blessings series, Miracle in a Dry Season. I'm not going to give anything away but I will say that you should be prepared to NEED a copy of this book. No it isn't going to be just a WANT, it will definitely be a NEED!

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  1. I read Appalachian Serenade and enjoyed it so much I immediately dove into the excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season. (I don't usually do that, because I feel like it "shortens" the actual book for me when I get around to reading it. Weird, I know.) Unfortunately, after I devoured the excerpt and went to order the book, I realized it was not available yet! I feel like I just discovered a great TV show with characters I really like, only it's the last episode of the season and I have to wait to find out what happens next! I don't mind, much, though; I'm confident these characters and their story will be worth waiting for.

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I read the novella and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I got to the excerpt from Miracle in a Dry Season. I kept thinking, "Don't do it! Don't read it! You know the book doesn't come out for another month." But did I listen to myself . . . NO! The real torture was that it was quite a lengthy excerpt. Something like four chapters I think. Anyway . . . can't wait for the book to come out next month. It will go straight to the top of my TBR pile. Glad you enjoyed it and shared your thoughts with us!


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