Appalachian Serenade is the story of Delilah Morrisey, who has moved from Chicago back home to West Virginia after her husband dies. Her sister’s family has taken her into their home, but Delilah feels the need to do something to help defray the costs of sheltering her and keep herself busy. She finds that the local shopkeeper needs some assistance in his general store…and in his life. Both Delilah and Robert know what they want – love and a family – but they don’t know if God wants them to find it in each other.
Sarah Loudin Thomas’s Appalachian Blessings novella is a delightful story of dreams deferred, of finding the treasures that God has in store for each of us – even when they are in the least likely places. The characters are well-drawn, and the writing is charming, with little morsels of truth sprinkled throughout (such as one of my favorite lines: “Sometimes God gives you strength to do without because, for whatever reason, he knows it’s better for you not to have your heart’s desire.”) A very enjoyable read that will tug at your heart and bring a smile to your lips.
Thanks to Bethany House publishers for pointing out this new author, whose first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, comes out in August.