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In the mid 1950’s, Judd Markley is a coal miner who loses his brother in a mine cave-in. He decides to stop working in that dangerous industry. He leaves West Virginia and moves to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, taking a job at a Waccamaw Timber Company.
Larkin Heyward’s father owns the timber company. She is a socialite who often volunteers and attends high society social events. Eventually she wants to make a difference in the world by helping the poor children of Appalachia.
Even though the two are from completely different worlds, a devastating hurricane brings the two together.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
gccbookworm5 Stars Out Of 5Love's Pure LightDecember 13, 2017gccbookwormQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Judd Markley leaves behind West Virginia after surviving a coal mining accident that toke his brother's life in "The Sound of Rain" by Sarah Loudin Thomas. His brother had wanted to go to South Carolina so Judd decides to fulfill that dream. He is offered a job as a logger, takes up residence at a boarding house, and visits the beach. As his new life begins, Judd meets Larkin Hayward, the owner's daughter. Larkin has her own dreams but her parents want to see her settled not off chasing her dream that would take her to the Appalachian world. Larkin manages to use her charm on Judd to escape her parents. But at what cost neither one knows. Each has their own agenda, their own dreams; not to mention a family secret that could tear the family apart. Enjoy unexpected twists in the plot while meeting interesting, charming characters. First book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. A great story teller! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Jamie3 Stars Out Of 5If you love romance, check this one out!December 13, 2017JamieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. Theres no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. Its definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics.
But, I cant say it was my favorite of her novels. You see, this one isnt like her previous novels and series, where the heroines each had unique qualities and characteristics. I LOVED that about them. It was such a different take on a historical fiction novel (with the thread of romance as well), and it added a creative layer to the story and the different relationships of the characters. I was hoping for something like that again. I know its not always fair to judge novels that way, but Im human internet :).
So while this isnt my favorite from Thomas, if you love all things romance, be sure to give this one a chance.
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
Originally posted at https://musingsofjamie.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/the-sound-of-rain-by-sarah-loudin-thomas-book-review/
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5changing placesDecember 12, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Monday, December 11, 2017
The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas, 2017
Judd Markley had a different day than planned; never hoped for by any man. But, at least he was safe for now. The bowels of the earth had released him again for another day. Miners expected to be confronted with the unexpected, not knowing what a day would bring. Underground was just that way ~ uncertain and unaffected by disturbance ~ it just kept to itself unless attacked by a pickax and chose to revolt. Cutting away the earth for treasures ~ needed for warmth and care of families in the Appalachia mountain pathways. Maybe there would be a new way now, away from West Virginia and the pain of loss.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ~ 1954
I've gotten a job loading pine logs for a lumber plantation and find it alright work. Hot and sticky, but above ground, anyway. Sand is different from the rocky soil I have known back home. I met the boss's daughter, Larkin, the day I got the job. She's young, carefree, and loves her convertible. Oh, to have no sad memories to hold me back. How did I ever get here ~ to an expected place of warmth and restoration? Again, nothing calm and certain to shelter me...
This is all I have ever known. I want to go to help those who need to have my help ~ like those in need of learning in the Appalachian mountains I have read about in a magazine recently. I volunteer at our local hospital. Maybe Daddy will let me go off to school to be a nurse. I love going to the Pavilion to dance in the evenings. My girlfriends go with me and we enjoy burgers and fries and the lively music. A new man has hired on. Maybe I can learn from him about the people he is from. He talks differently than me.
~* Judd managed because of his skills and keeping confidences. Because of who he was, he would fit anywhere it seems.
~* Larkin didn't fare as well, except for Granny Jane's grace in teaching her to use a cookstove. I have hopes for her.
I enjoyed reading how these families adjusted to changes. Both the acceptance and wariness when someone new comes to an area they aren't born to or know.
***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending this copy of The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Monica4 Stars Out Of 5Great Read!December 11, 2017MonicaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Sound of Rain is set in both Myrtle Beach, SC and the hills of Kentucky in 1954.
The two main characters are Judd Markley, a coal miner who is leaving West Virginia to follow the dreams of his brother who died in a mining accident. He heads to Myrtle Beach to learn the timber trade.
Meanwhile, Larkin Heyward is a native of Myrtle Beach who longs for the hills of Kentucky where she feels her life purpose is to help those in need in the Appalachians.
I could easily relate to the familiarity of descriptions relating to South Carolina heat, humidity and hurricanes. When characters discussed it not being any cooler at 8pm than 3pm, I smiled and nodded. And people walking slow sounds like what I just described to my Mom as the Slow Country which seems common in the Low Country :)
Near the beginning of the book, there was mention of a beach scene which included beer, midriffs and skin showing from beach-goers and while that is realistic, I don't necessarily want a reminder of that in a Christian fiction book.
The story walks through the town of Myrtle Beach being impacted by Hurricane Hazel and the residual effects in the aftermath. Judd and Larkin find their lives intersecting through various situations and it seems one is escaping the life the other is looking for.
Navigating the situations they are faced with in light of those in need both locally and across state lines, they form a friendship and bond that grows and also brings questions about the future. Then of course, Larkin's family adds a new dimension to the story with an estranged brother, a father focused on continuing the legacy of his business through one of his children and their mother who is caught in the middle. How will this affect Larkin and how she wants to use her life in serving others? How will it affect Judd who is learning the timber industry and is also interested in the boss' daughter?
I enjoyed this book and the characters as they walked through the challenges of real life colliding with the dreams of their hearts and the fears they are trying to overcome. Another thing I enjoyed was the realization by book characters that we can make a difference wherever we are - needs are always out there both near and far and we trust God's leading in where He chooses to use us.
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a rich storyDecember 10, 2017DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Sound of Rain is a book that once you pick up you will not want to put down. Can that just be my review? I mean, there was so much that I loved about this book, that I seriously had trouble putting it down.
This book opens up in complete darkness. Judd has been in a coal mining accident. It is almost just symbolic really of the rest of the story.
Judd and Larkin were great characters. I truly enjoyed their depth. I felt as if they were people I could just walk up to and have a conversation with. But there were secondary characters that stole my heart just as much.
Thomas attention to detail was amazing. There were times I could almost feel the heat just based upon her descriptions. Her details were so rich they just enhanced the story so much and it didnt feel wordy at all.
This was so much more than just another book this was a story. This book has purpose, pain and light. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and now I need to go and read her other books!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.