In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water,
In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through
Judd Markley knows he can never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother’s life means leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard Appalachian world is all he knows, he puts it behind him and heads for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Larkin Heyward’s life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more–maybe moving to the hills and 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 hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd’s and Larkin’s dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together–or maybe, it will take a miracle.
My thoughts and giveaway:
So I read Sarah’s debut novel a couple of years ago and a lot of people loved it. I didn’t, so I didn’t read anymore in the series. But when I saw this book I wanted to give her another chance. I’m glad I did.
I enjoyed this book so much more than the other one I read. I’m not even sure what the difference was but something clicked for me while reading this book.
The story world felt very real to me and I adored Larkin’s spunk, although her stubbornness irritated me at times. Judd was a wonderful hero for this book. He seemed real and flawed.
Both of our characters have family drama that tore at my heart.
Again, a wonderful story and with an intriguing setting.
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This book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.