“Appalachian Serenade” is the prequel novella to the new Appalachian Blessings series by Sarah Loudin Thomas. Set in small town West Virginia during mid twentieth century, the story is short enough to be read through in one sitting (at least I did). Sarah has a way with words that quickly transported me back to a kinder and gentler (or so it seems) period of time. Her descriptions of Robert’s store brought back memories of the country stores that were so familiar during my childhood.

Delilah Morrissey is a young widow who always seems to know what people want or need before they know for themselves. In certain Christian circles, her special gift might be considered the spiritual gift known as word of knowledge. However one might define her gift, Delilah always used it to bless others and as a result, the business at Robert’s store flourished. Both Delilah and Robert have cherished dreams for their future but after years of waiting, each of them has virtually given up hope of seeing their dreams fulfilled.

“Appalachian Serenade” is a short but sweet romance that gives the reader hope that her own dreams might yet be realized also. If this is any example of the full length books in the series, I cannot wait to dig into them.

This book was a free Kindle download provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Appalachian SerenadeDelilah 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?

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.”

Download a free copy of Appalachian Serenade HERE for a limited time.


Sarah Loudin ThomasSarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children’s ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at