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
ISBN9780764219610
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian
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Reviews The Sound of Rain

  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Maddy
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars I had high expectations for this book, and it didn’t fall short at all. I absolutely loved this book. The setting and characters of this book were perfect. Set at both Myrtle Beach and the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky? Yep, I knew I was going to love it. The setting worked amazing with the time period and characters. This book is darling! The characters had such cute and southern personalities. At first I wasn’t sure if all of ...
  • Amanda Tero
    1970-01-01
    This book opens with a heartrending tragedy and continues as Judd attempts to pick up the pieces of his life and lives the dream his brother desired to live. Meanwhile, Larkin lives life full speed ahead, trying to follow what she believes God has called her to do. The story seems to follow a realistic pattern more than a fiction pattern. It very much felt the era of the 1950’s. I did find it to be slow moving and without a real thrust of tensi...
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    I have been really conflicted over what my final rating for this book will be. The writing style is beautiful and lyrical, raising my overall rating, while there are plot holes big enough to chuck a horse through, which lowers the rating. Let's see if I can't talk it out with myself for my review.The story opens with Judd Markley getting his leg broken with a mine collapse that kills his brother. If that isn't enough of a catalyst to make someone...
  • Jerry
    1970-01-01
    A charming historical romance.
  • Kav
    1970-01-01
    "Sometimes the people who needed the most help didn't look like they need any help at all." (p 290)Sarah Loudin Thomas has a lyrical style that is sheer poetry. I find myself reading out loud from time to time just to hear the impact of her words. The Sound of Rain is an exquisite escape into another time and place. And I have a secret fascination for all things Appalachia. Stoic people, hardworking and proud. They blend faith and culture into a ...
  • Amber Stokes
    1970-01-01
    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof—even through the suspenseful scenes (including facing a hurricane or the terror of a dark mine). I think part of it is because the story is more concerned about the bigg...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    1970-01-01
    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50’s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging era, the dancing of the 50’s, the vehicles and clothes and overall aura. I enjoyed the characterizations from Judd to Larkin to Pete and Ben and all the other person...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There’s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It’s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics.But, I can’t say it was my favorite of her novels. You see, this one isn’t like her previous novels and series, where the heroines each had unique qualities and characteristi...
  • Clara
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Julia Wilson
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Adrienne
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Yvette
    1970-01-01
    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this.It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less fortunate, where such help is not wanted, that had me prepared to dislike Larkin as a character. Her work as a Candy Striper began to wear me down, however, and just lik...
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his travel he met a man who helped get him a job with Waccamaw Timber Company. He advanced in his job quickly. Shortly after he arrived in Myrtle Beach a hurricane came a...
  • Gail Hollingsworth
    1970-01-01
    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and in his grief. Larkin (whose name I loved) was a little harder to like at the beginning. She seemed rich, spoiled and frivolous. But soon she was shown to have a re...
  • C.E. Hart
    1970-01-01
    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head—anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I’ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing inclination.I love the West Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina settings. The setting(s) add so much to the story. And the 1950s is a unique time period (for me) in histo...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and following God's will in their lives. George, Larkin's father, struggles with wanting to leave a legacy. But what kind of legacy is of true value? The author immediate...
  • Allison Flexer
    1970-01-01
    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even though it's a fiction piece, I learned some real pieces of history about Myrtle Beach. All in all, I highly recommend you adding this book to your to-be-read pile!
  • Juliet Johnson
    1970-01-01
    A sweet, nicer story than I was expecting - yet deeper that a basic romance.
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book.
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Denise Hershberger
    1970-01-01
    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then.This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the friendships that came about in this book. I loved the redemption of more than one character. Truly, I just loved everything about it.But honestly what I truly love about...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    "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 ...
  • Vivian
    1970-01-01
    3.5-star readI received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the mine and recovering in a hospital, he's told that his younger brother Joe was one of the fatalities at the mine. It is at that moment that Judd realizes he may never be abl...
  • Mandy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mardell
    1970-01-01
    Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together. Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the interest of our heroine, Larkin Heyward. The back cover of the novel paints the picture that drew me in at the start:"In the Dark of the mine, In the Face of rising ...