Saturday, September 12, 2015

Appalachian Serenade: Appalachian Blessings .5 by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Title: Appalachian Serenade: An Appalachian Blessings Novella
Author: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Published: June 2014
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Novella
Date Read: September 1 2015
Rating: 4/5

The year is 1945 and the surviving soldiers aren’t the only ones who have returned home. 15 years earlier, Delilah Morrissey left her small West Virginia town behind when she married and moved to Chicago. Now, widowed by a harsh man who left her in debt, Delilah’s only option is to return home to Wise and live with her sister and family in their small house. Her dreams of becoming a mother are beginning to run out and she prays she can have a second chance at the life she always wanted. Appalachian Serenade is a prelude to Sarah Loudin Thomas’ series called Appalachian Blessings. 

I really enjoyed reading about Delilah and the comparisons of living in a small mountain town versus a large city like Chicago. Set just as World War II is ending, readers learn very little about how Wise was affected, other than a brief mention of sugar rations. Because of this I think that this could have been set in a number of different time periods, considering how secluded and behind the times smaller communities can be. Although I would have enjoyed more perspective on the time period, I can see that this wasn’t the point of the story. The point, in fact was to set up a backstory for the first book in the series. For this reason I am thankful that I was able to read this novella before I read the first, even though the Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings #1) begins ten years later and follows different characters.

Some of my favourite characters in books tend to be strong independent women and Delilah was certainly that. Determined to help earn her keep, she gets a job at the local county store, where she begins to get aquatinted with the owner Robert. Single himself, I found Robert to be quite charming. Delilah on the other hand was a bit too blunt for my liking. There were times when the plot came together too nicely, but with a limited length this is understandable. 

My favourite part of this novella was the writing style of the author. Using descriptions such as: the smell of spring, candies that taste like childhood and old time metaphors and slang, really set a beautiful tone to the story.  I am very much looking forward to reading more from Sarah Loudin Thomas. 

Appalachian Serenade would be a suitable book to read in spring, as it follows Delilah’s new beginning in her hometown. I would recommend this book to those who are considering reading the rest of the series.

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