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 op...

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  • 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.

  • 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 he can learn to smile again?

    Larkin Heyward has grow

    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 he can learn to smile again?

    Larkin Heyward has grown up pampered, with doting parents and a loving family. But her brother's decisions upon graduating have shattered her family in two, secluding him from being part of her life ever again. When Larkin starts to find aspiration in a path similar to the one taken by her brother, will she bare breaking her father's heart again?

    A hurricane brings these two characters together in ways neither one imagined. And as much as Larkin may come out as naive, spoiled and downright irritating, Judd is quickly finding out she also represents the purest sunshine capable of bringing hope to his darkness. I adored how, even though Larkin is one of the main characters, this book is as much about her family's story and journey as it is hers.

    **Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Shantelle

    I wasn't sure I was going to like

    , 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 and light, and has big dreams of ministering to the

    I wasn't sure I was going to like

    , 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 and light, and has big dreams of ministering to the needy in his home mountains.

    Judd and Larkin take a liking to each other ... but with past wounds, secrets, schemes, and differing plans, will their romance be torn apart?

    was exciting. Fun. Sweet. I loved the 1950s feel, and felt the author did a good job with bringing that era to life. The beach town. Dancing at the Pavilion. Then there were parts of the book that took place in the Appalachian Mountains, another setting I love! There were mines caving in and hurricanes. Walks on the beach and gatherings of mountain folk to dance and visit. Volunteering at the pristine hospitals of Myrtle Beach, and helping the needy in the hills of Kentucky.

    Judd was sweet. Larkin was bubbly. I laughed and I sighed. Some parts of the romance were just so completely adorable. *heart eyes*

    A couple things I would mention ... the ending felt a little rushed. So much going on. I didn't really care for Peter's character - I felt he acted in a way that was wrong and didn't own up to it. Some of the characters went back and forth in a way that was a little confusing and made me feel I didn't really get to know them, at times.

    But overall, it was a very delightful read, with some lovely romance, meaningful lessons, and adventure. I really enjoyed.

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  • 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 likes dancing. Larkin has been volunteering at the lo

    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 likes dancing. Larkin has been volunteering at the local hospital, but she finds herself wanting to do more and decides to join her minister brother Ben in rural Kentucky to help the people there. As she comes to know Judd better, she's torn between her desire to help the people in Appalachia and her feelings for Judd, who doesn't want to leave his job working for Larkin's father.

    This book was delightful! I loved the setting; I was so drawn into the time period (it's set in 1954) and the locations. I've never been to West Virginia, South Carolina, or Kentucky, but Sarah Loudin Thomas made all of those places real for me with her descriptions. Beyond that, though, the characters just pulled me in. From the get go, I couldn't help but feel for Judd, who's a lost without his brother and has to figure out what the future has in store for him. I also liked seeing Larkin find her own strength. Secondary characters (like Granny Jane!) stole my heart as well. There were so many great themes, such as figuring out what actually matters in life, finding the path God wants for you, and living again after a loss, that most readers will be able to relate to.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  • 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 House Publishers and Sarah Loudin Thomas for gifti

    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 House Publishers and Sarah Loudin Thomas for gifting me with a copy of The Sound of Rain in exchange for an honest review.

  • 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 having money and possessions but when they are your

    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 having money and possessions but when they are your sole focus, something is wrong. People should come first. Relationships should be a priority as it is too late once people are gone.

    There are characters who have hearts for people, who put people first and cannot be swayed by bribery.

    A relationship with God is important. We need to listen to Him and follow His plans. If we do not know what they are, we must ask Him.

    God always answers prayer. We must pray at all times. Sometimes life is tough and only God can get us through.

    There is the theme of grief. Grief hurts. Grief consumes. Grief can take over. The only comfort we can have is that if our loved one knew Jesus, they will reside with Him and we will see them again one day.

    We all have dreams. The novel shows the importance of following our God given dreams.

    Family is important. Fractured families hurt. We need to work on restoring relationships.

    We are called to shine our light wherever we go. Light is needed to shine in this dark world. This is powerfully illustrated in the novel as part of it is set in a mine. We need to follow the light. Some people are the light. Their personality is sunny and they spread joy, peace and light wherever they go.

    The Sound Of Rain was a wonderful read from a talented author. I loved it.

    I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  • Maddy

    4.5 stars

    Review to come!

  • 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 Kentucky, and we see how outsiders are not easily a

    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 Kentucky, and we see how outsiders are not easily accepted into the mountain community, people are wary, even the pastor has to work to earn their trust.

    A book that has grief and romance, along with the strength of family, and we see how one works to control others to get what he wants, or does he?

    A page turner for sure and one that will have you reading late into the night.

    I received this book through Bethany House Publishers Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Helen

    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 and destroyed a lot of the area. He often thinks he

    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 and destroyed a lot of the area. He often thinks he is living the life his brother wanted and can't.

    Larkin is the daughter of the timber company owner. But her heart is in helping others. Her brother moved to the Appalachia to help others and minister to them. She wants to join her brother on his ministry. But her father wants her at home. Since his son will not take over the company, he wants Larkin to marry the man who will.

    This is such a good book. This is a story of relationships, family and caring for others. The story shows that we should turn to God before going forward with what we want to do. The descriptions are so clear it is easy to imagine the fear of cave ins, the heat, and the winds and rains of the hurricane. The parts in the story that stand out to me are the care Judd gives to his injured co-worker, even when he is caught between his co-worker and his employer. As well as the forgiveness Larkin's father has toward this worker who was out to get his family property back.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction. This story as has suspense as well as romance written in it. A perfect blend for those who like a good clean story.

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing. This is my honest review.

  • Amanda Tero

    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 tension that moved the story forward—even during tragedie

    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 tension that moved the story forward—even during tragedies (which this book had a fair share of). That could likely be me, though.

    Romance wasn’t highly prominent until the latter half of the book. I’ve just gotta say: I was impressed. Larkin actually prayed about whether or not “he is the one.” Usually it’s all “follow your heart,” so that little bit surprised and delighted me. There were kisses mentioned, but it didn’t feel sensual at all, just mentioned. And through it all, Judd showed honor to Larkin’s dad, even though he was difficult to deal with. I can admire the romance portrayed in this book.

    Spiritual content had its ups and downs. Ben was very knowledgeable in the Bible and quoted several verses. The other characters seemed to have a nominal understanding of the Bible and what was right to do. At the same time, Larkin’s blatant dishonoring of her dad and going behind his back somewhat disturbed me. It definitely fits her personality, and was halfway dealt with, but it was more of a “things changed, so thus what she did wasn’t exactly wrong.” And I still never got where Judd stood with his relationship with God. He didn’t go to church until it was to impress/be with a girl. He had good morals, but it wasn’t because of his relationship with God. Also, the only mention that went anywhere near salvation was when a granny was asking about “Do you think I’ll see them again?” and Larkin assured her that she was certain she would, but there was nothing mentioned about whether or not she had received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior (and the only way to Heaven). So, there seemed to be spiritual content in this book, it was just somewhat vague and shallow with some dips at leaning toward strong.

    *I received this book from Bethany House and happily provided my honest review*

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