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The Sound Of Rain

January 16, 2018
The Sound of Rain Book Cover The Sound of Rain
Sarah Loudin Thomas
Bethany House Publishers
November 7, 2017

Description of 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.

My review of The Sound of Rain

This was a refreshing stroll down memory lane for me.

A beautiful story set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during the mid 1950’s. I knew girls like Larkin, girls who came from upper middle class families and had no need to work with the public. The only approved exception was to be a candy striper. Larkin feels she has a calling from God to go help the poor children in Appalachia. It is fun to see what lengths she will go to to make her dream come true.

Judd is a young man from Appalachia who now works for Larkin’s father. He is like a fish out of water with the locals. His rustic good looks and simple ways attract Larkin in a way the suave young locals never could. He helps Larkin fulfill her dream while coming to grips with his own demons.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hope you’ll pick up a copy and snuggle up with a hot cocoa and stay warm this week.


About the author

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014. Married with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.

Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can visit her at



About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.


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