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Review and Giveaway: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas January 1, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 6:56 pm


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.

Visit Sarah here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or  your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by January 15 for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

This book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


19 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas”

  1. Trixi Says:

    I have her Appalachian Blessings series books on my shelf, but haven’t read them as of yet. I’m hoping 2018 will allow me to get to my hundreds of physical books on my shelf! Anyway, I would love to add this one to my collection, thank you for the chance.

    Loved the review 🙂

  2. Kim Hansen Says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Sounds interesting. Never read anything of hers.

  4. Paula Shreckhise Says:

    I have her novella and Miracle in a Dry Season on my kindle. I have yet to read them but they really look good. I’d like to add this one to my stash! Thanks.

  5. sbmcmh Says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile now. I haven’t read any of her books yet but would love to. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Savings InSeconds Says:

    Not entering because I read this book. Just wanted to say that I enjoyed your review!

  7. Pam K. Says:

    I did enjoy Sarah”s earlier series so am eager to read The Sound of Rain. Thanks for the opportunity to win it and for your review.

  8. Brenda Murphree Says:

    I have been watching this book. It sounds like a good one that I would love to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. wendynewcomb Says:

    This sounds like a good book, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dt com

  10. Karen Says:

    Sounds like a hidden gem to start off the new year of reading.

  11. Winnie Thomas Says:

    This book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy. I haven’t read any books by Sarah Loudin Thomas, but I’ve heard good things about them.

  12. Kay Garrett Says:

    I appreeciate the review and information on The Sound Of Rain By Sarah Loudin Thomas. It’s a book I’ve very much love to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  13. KayM Says:

    This sounds like an interesting book. I love books set in Appalachia and Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite places, so I love the opportunity to win this book. Thank you!

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