About the Book
Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed to stay close to home on a hot summer day in 1934. When he slips away for a quick swim in the river and finds a dead body, he wishes he'd obeyed his mother. The ripples caused by his discovery will impact the town of Beverly, West Virginia, in ways no one could have imagined.
The first person those ripples disturb is Loyal's absentee father. When Creed Raines realized his infant son was deaf, he headed for the hills, returning only to help meet his family's basic needs. But when Loyal, now a young teen, stumbles upon a murder it's his father he runs to tell--shaping the words with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the investigation he discovers that what sets his son apart isn't his inability to hear but rather his courage. Longing to reclaim the life he abandoned, Creed will have to do more than help solve a murder if he wants to win his family's hearts again.
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What I loved about this book was that I was immersed in the story. Author Thomas made the setting one in which I could understand the characters' motivations and the plot points because of when and where they took place.
Not only was it a coming-of-age story for Loyal, a young teen deaf boy, but there were major transformations for his parents, as well. Loyal longed to be "regular," but his mother was very protective of him, and his father did not know how to deal with him. Loyal finally was able to prove that he was capable, and his father ultimately came to the point where he not only trusted Loyal, but enjoyed his company. As the relationship between father and son deepened, the mother was able to let go.
This was a great story, and I recommend it. Those with an interest in deaf culture or in 1930s West Virginia will especially enjoy this book. Any fan of Thomas' writing will not be disappointed in this latest offering.
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 is a fund-raiser for a children’s ministry who has time to write because she doesn’t have children of her own. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the acclaimed novels The Sound of Rain and Miracle in a Dry Season–winner of the 2015 Inspy Award. Sarah has also been a finalist for the Christy Award, ACFW Carol Award and the Christian Book of the Year Award. She and her husband live near Asheville, NC.
Learn more at www.SarahLoudinThomas.com