The Sound of Rain



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.


 The 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 didn’t 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!




Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219618
ISBN-13: 9780764219610


I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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