Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Book review: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

About the Book:

Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company.

Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together.

My Review:

I've thoroughly enjoyed Thomas' previous books, and this latest offering did not disappoint.  First, she tells the story well.  Judd Markley, physically and emotionally hurting after a mining accident that took his brother's life, moves from his West Virginia home to start a new life in South Carolina.  His story of finding his way and forging new relationships was very satisfying.

Secondly, the author has a writing style that is comfortable and easy to read, as I was able to quickly get through the book.

But most of all, Thomas really gets the time and place of her books, and easily transports the reader there.  Although the book takes place before I was born, I felt the nostalgia as I read.

Told mainly from Judd's perspective, this book has many male characters, which gives it appeal to a wider audience.  For those who love the 50s, or the mountains, or the ocean, this is a book to treasure.  

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014. Married with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.

Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can visit her at

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