What it’s about:
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.
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 http://www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.
I enjoyed this book. The author is a talented story teller who draws you in with her vivid descriptions. The setting was different than what I’m used to, but I thought it was quite interesting to learn about West Virginia and South Carolina in the 1950’s, especially with the “guest appearance” of hurricane Hazel. 🙂
The characters were maybe not as developed as I would like, but overall it was an enjoyable book.
I would give The Sound of Rain a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.
Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.