The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The Sound of Rain

In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water,In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them ThroughJudd Markley knew he could never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother's life meant leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard Appalachian world was all he knew, he put it behind him and headed for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Larkin Hey...

Details The Sound of Rain

TitleThe Sound of Rain
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fiction, American, Southern

Reviews The Sound of Rain

  • Sarah
    When readers ask which of my books is my favorite, I typically say it's the one I'm working on. But I think THIS one may continue to be my favorite. I finally have my coal miner hero in Judd Markley and he's a little bit of so many family members who are dear to me. I hope you fall in love with him as deeply as I did.
  • Shantelle
    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, as I'd not read by Sarah Loudin Thomas before. But I shouldn't have worried. I usually love books set in the 1950s, and this one was so fun and also meaningful and tender.Judd Markley leaves behind the Appalachian Mountains after a mine cave-in and tries to make a life for himself on the beaches of South Carolina. There he meets Larkin Heyward, the daughter of his new boss. She's full of life a...
  • Maddy
    4.5 stars Review to come!
  • Julia Wilson
    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured.It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart.The novel's main themes are about knowing God and having the correct priorities. "There's making money and then there's making a living." There is nothing wrong with ha...
  • maryreads
    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today.Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a way of preserving his brother's memory but as a self-punishment as well. When new dreams and friends come along, how long can Judd hold on to undeserved penitence so h...
  • Maureen Timerman
    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they had to the church, but we sure see he did something right with his children.The story lets us spend time at both the ocean and then we go to both West Virginia and K...
  • CarolynB
    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is an extraordinary heroine. I loved reading about their relationship and all of the people who inhabited their world. This is an excellent read! Thank you to Bethany ...
  • Alyssa
    That cover & synopsis!!!
  • Adrienne
    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets Larkin Heyward, his boss's daughter, he figures she's spoiled and shallow, but as he gets to know her better, he realizes there's more to her than a rich girl who lik...
  • Mandy Elliott
    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their aftermath firsthand during my years growing up. The Sound of Rain beautifully ties tragedy, young love and personal growth together in a sweetly woven story that take...
  • Brenda
    The Sound of Rainby Sarah Loudin Thomas (Goodreads Author)This book has everything, romance, a mine cave in, a hurricane, a couple whose Father and Mother don’t approve of their being together and Faith in God above. What more could a person want in reading a book? Also love, lots of love! The inspirational drama takes place in the town of Myrtle Beach, South Caroline. A miner comes to town who no longer wishes to go under ground to earn a livi...
  • Terri Steffes
    I have a formula for the books that I like the best:1. Beautiful, descriptive settings2. Characters who are people I would have as friends3. Food scenes that make you drool.The Sound of Rain, by Sarah Loudin Thomas, gets a checkmark for each of my big three. The opening of the book hooks and reels you right in. We are buried in a cave-in in a coal mine, with a foot right in our face. Later, we discover that the food belongs to Judd Markley, who s...
  • Claudia
    It was the settings that drew me to The Sound of Rain: the lowlands of South Carolina, a place I’ve wanted to visit; West Virginia, a place whose beauty touches my heart each time we are there; and Kentucky, a place that I am proud to call home. Judd Markley loved his home in West Virginia until he found himself buried in a cave-in in the mine in which he and his younger brother, Joe, worked. While he found the hot, humid air of South Caroline,...
  • Joann Marks
    From the moment you are lowered into the deep dark West Virginia coal mine next to Judd Markley, you are pulling for him. You want to breath for him, you want to help dig him out of that awful cave-in, you want his brother Joe to be alive and okay. As he heads to Myrtle Beach SC that hot summer of 1954 to chase his brother’s dreams, the fondness you’ve had for Judd only grows and you want him to succeed. Judd’s life runs slap into Larkin He...
  • Linda Wilson
    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 volun...
  • Noreen Taylor
    This the first book I've read by author Sarah Loudin Thomas and I have to say I loved it and was thoroughly impressed by her writing. Having been to Kentucky, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach I was immersed with the story from the start. When Judd is trapped in a cave-in at the mine and loses his brother to the disaster, I was caught up in the story. I have loved West Virginia as well as Kentucky. The characters were real, authentic, charming and w...
  • Jennifer Pickwell
    After reading Sarah Loudin Thomas’ new book, The Sound of Rain, I find myself ready for a part two! There must be a part two! It has been a long time since I have had the joy of reading a new book from Thomas. I can only hope she is already half finished with the next chapter of this story.The Sound of Rain is about a West Virginia coal miner, Judd Markley, who survives a near death experience in the bowels of the mountain. He suffers a great l...
  • Caitlin Allen
    Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the free review copy of this book. All opinions in this blog are mine.This was such a sweet book. I enjoyed the narration of it. I usually don’t read books that are in an mans point-of-view. It was interesting to get to read about different aspects of life from this view point. Whether in the coal mine or in the timber, I liked how the author gave a glance into jobs that aren’t usually h...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions of the locations realistic and believable.Rich with Appalachian dialect, and feisty characters you are sure to feel like you are right there in the story. I did, how...
  • Linda
    Sarah Loudin Thomas has a gift for transporting readers to the heart of her stories and she once again immersed me in The Sound of Rain. From the inky blackness and desperation of the West Virginia mine collapse, to the sweltering humidity of Myrtle Beach, to the hardscrabble wooded hills of Kentucky, the sights, sounds, and even smells of this tale were all but palpable as I read. Judd and Larkin endeared themselves to me, especially Larkin, who...
  • Jill
    I have been looking forward to reading this book all year. I loved Sarah Loudin Thomas' Appalachian Blessings series. Although the time period and setting are the same, I found the tone and feel of this book to be very different. This one focused more on the romance and courtship of the main characters and less on the family drama, although that did play an important role in the plot.I enjoyed the main characters, and thought they had good chemis...
  • Rebecca
    "Maybe you should stop anticipating what God will do and just see what He does."Larkin Heyward's privileged life as the daughter of a Myrtle Beach timber tycoon is relatively simple, yet fruitless. Larkin longs for more; she wants to help people, and the tales of vast numbers of underprivileged people living deep in the Appalachian mountains have reached her ears. She just never expected to meet a "mountain man" on her home turf, especially when ...
  • Cricket Muse
    Sarah Loudin Thomas has the knack for creating characters that are both memorable and inspirational, while providing a captivating storyline. In The Sound of Rain she explores loss, and the need for direction through mountain man, Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward, who has grown up in comfort and privilege. Judd is running away from the mountains of West Virginia after surviving a mining cave in, and Larkin hopes to trade her life of comfort of liv...
  • Lucy
    What a beautiful story! It’s hard to find words to describe how this book made me feel. It is inspiring, hopeful, and has so many beautiful passages that you don’t want to miss. The characters have so much depth and they grow and stretch in new situations and circumstances. This is a book that you don’t want to put down as it is so very well written and keeps your attention throughout. The descriptive words capture the light shining from La...
  • Amy
    The Sound of Rain is an okay read for me. I liked how it began in West Virginia Appalachians with Judd. I was enjoying how it all began, but then when he moved away to South Carolina I was not as interested. The story seemed to slow down a bit while he was there. I really can not explain it, just felt like the connection with him was lost. I was relieved when he was introduced to Larkin. She was not a likable character at first but she grew on m...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    When I read my first novel from Sarah Loudin Thomas, I knew I wanted to read more of her work. My opinion has not changed. She offers great depth into her characters' lives in each book, so much so that the reader feels they are living right there with all of the population in her books. Travel with Thomas into 1950s Appalachia and South Carolina in this novel and peer into the lives of her characters, primary and secondary. You'll love them!*I w...
  • CC
    Sarah's books always have a nearly magical or "feel good" quality to them. One can relate to her settings and empathize with her characters and plot lines. The Sound of Rain was set during an interesting and rather transitional period of time, the 1950's, with characters who were dealing with changing lives and mores of society. The general synopsis above provides good information on characters and location, so I will not repeat descriptions of J...
  • Lynn Grier
    The Sound of Rain is such a heartwarming story. I fell in love reading this book right from the beginning. It is so intense you put yourself there and feel the family situations as Sarah Loudin Thomas brings her characters to life, it captured my heart. What a awesome story and I truly recommend this book for a awesome read. You will love Judd and Larkin.
  • Teresa Merriman
    Such a fun book to read. I loved getting to know Judd and Larkin and going through their stories with them. I enjoyed getting to visit the Appalachian Mountains and Myrtle Beach and going through a mine collapse in West Virginia and a hurricane in South Carolina, all while sitting comfortably in my home:-)
  • Pamela Frey
    This book is a jewel among historical fiction! The writing flows , the descriptions are vivid, and the characters become friends. Friends you miss when the pages are closed. The Appalachian setting is close to my heart and Larkin is my hero!