The Sound of Rain

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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Title:The Sound of Rain
Author:Sarah Loudin Thomas
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The Sound of Rain Reviews

  • 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.

  • Abigail

    Who is up for going on a trip with me to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Logan, Kentucky?? After reading this amazing book, I really feel like a road trip is necessary. So, let's pack our bags and travel south. (Well at least for me)

    What was this book about, you may wonder well let me tell you.

    Judd Markley has just lost his brother to a mine cave-in that nearly took his life too. After he was released from the hospital, he traveled south to South Carolina. On the train there he meets a man named Hank, they started talking and Hank offered Judd a job at the local timber mill. After meeting with George Heyward, Judd received the job. Hank took Judd to see the ocean for the first time and that is where he ran into the beautiful Larkin Heyward.

    Now Larkin has always had a desire to help people. Ever since her brother, Ben, "left" home, she has wanted to be helpful to people in need. In her free time, she volunteers as a candy-stripper in the local hospital. Even though she helps people at the hospital she feels like she could do more. She then realizes that she wants to go to the Appalachians and help poor people there. She actually had never meet anyone who lived there except for Judd. The Appalachians actually is where her brother is ministering to people there. After catching her mom reading a letter from him, she realized that she could write a letter to him about her coming out North to help with his ministry.

    Judd and Larkin start to have a budding relationship but then a hurricane hit Myrtle beach and destruction was everywhere. The hurricane was so bad that wind and rain hit West Virginia, where Judd's brother and his family lives. Judd travels out there to help his brother, he takes Larkin along thinking that her father instructed him too. He learns once he is almost there that she tricked him into this journey all along. Once they arrive at his family's house, they spend the night and the next morning he tells her that he is taking her home.

    Larkin being the stubborn, independent woman she is, she leaves by herself to go to Logan Kentucky where her brother lives. Judd and Abram, Judd's older brother, leave to go catch up with her. Judd knowing her, knows that she has no idea how to get to Kentucky. After a few plot twists here and there, they finally all end up back in South Carolina.

    This book has so many plot twists and minor plots that we would be here all day if I tried to tell you about them. So, here's what I advise, I just told you the basis of this book know it is your time to go and get this book from your local bookstore or library.

    Here is what I love about this book:

    1. Character development. If a book doesn't have good character development it is not worth my time because without character development you have nothing. This book had great character development so thus this book passed one of my few requirements for a great book.

    2. Romance. I love the romance in this book because it was just enough not too much and not any less than it should have been. The romance also was very appropriate and not inappropriate.

    3. There were many plot twists and minor plots that made the story keep going. Without plot twists and minor plots, a story just cannot keep going. It would be really boring to just have one plot without plot twists and minor plots along the way.

    4. This book was very well written!

    5. Overall this book was amazing!!

    I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!

    *I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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  • Maddy

    4.5 stars

    I had high expectations for this book, and it didn’t fall short at all. I absolutely loved this book.

    The setting and characters of this book were perfect. Set at both Myrtle Beach and the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky? Yep, I knew I was going to love it. The setting worked amazing with the time period and characters. This book is darling!

    The characters had such cute and southern personalities. At first I wasn’t sure if all of the “ain’t and y’all” was going to bother me, but I th

    4.5 stars

    I had high expectations for this book, and it didn’t fall short at all. I absolutely loved this book.

    The setting and characters of this book were perfect. Set at both Myrtle Beach and the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky? Yep, I knew I was going to love it. The setting worked amazing with the time period and characters. This book is darling!

    The characters had such cute and southern personalities. At first I wasn’t sure if all of the “ain’t and y’all” was going to bother me, but I thought that it fit the characters well. Larkin was such a southern bell and I loved her! Both her and Judd had their flaws and that definitely added more to the story.

    AND THE COVER GUYS. I am in love with it and it is even more gorgeous in person.

    This book has such a cute southern vibe, and I’d definitely recommend it!

    “ I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange of my honest review “

  • 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.

    The Sound of Rain

  • Jerry

    A charming historical romance.

  • 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*

  • Hannah

    I have been really conflicted over what my final rating for this book will be. The writing style is beautiful and lyrical, raising my overall rating, while there are plot holes big enough to chuck a horse through, which lowers the rating. Let's see if I can't talk it out with myself for my review.

    The story opens with Judd Markley getting his leg broken with a mine collapse that kills his brother. If that isn't enough of a catalyst to make someone want to reinvent their life, it's hard to imagine

    I have been really conflicted over what my final rating for this book will be. The writing style is beautiful and lyrical, raising my overall rating, while there are plot holes big enough to chuck a horse through, which lowers the rating. Let's see if I can't talk it out with myself for my review.

    The story opens with Judd Markley getting his leg broken with a mine collapse that kills his brother. If that isn't enough of a catalyst to make someone want to reinvent their life, it's hard to imagine what is. So he leaves Applachia and his family to hunt a job in forestry in SC. Learning forestry feels good, despite his bum leg, but what really sparks his interest is Larkin—who just so happens to be the owner's daughter.

    Larkin is a young woman who loves going out dancing and likes to keep herself busy; since her father won't let her get a job, despite her being 21, she volunteers as a candy striper in a hospital. She's warm and friendly and glad to talk with the new guy in town.

    There are some minor bits of conflict through the story, but primarily it's centered around their romance and Judd's getting his life on a new track. There's a hurricane and various other things for them to deal with together.

    First off, the repeated use of "alright" drove me absolutely bonkers. One friend commented that perhaps it was intentional to be clear that it was Judd's POV, but no. Larkin and her father would absolutely know that that term is not found in the dictionary, especially in the 1950s. The correct spelling is two words: all right. Got it, editors?

    The first big plot chuckhole has to do with the sea. A big deal is made (a chapter and a half) about him seeing the ocean, thinking it would have been a lot bigger, reminiscing about his little brother's doomed dream of crossing it. Uh, hello?? Judd is a Korean War vet! Just how can one arrive in Korea from Appalachia without ever seeing or crossing the ocean?

    Another beach incident is his great difficulty of dealing with lust inspired by the scantily clad girls on the beach. This is described, but never dealt with. Does he stop feeling lust for bodies once he falls for Larkin? Does he realize it is a sin to deal with once he begins to open up to God again? We are never told.

    Larkin's brother is a preacher in a small town, ministering to the impoverished folks of Appalachian Kentucky. He broke with his father to go, leaving his mother to pine for her boy, and his sister to miss her only sibling. The thread concerning Ben comes in about halfway, and while I liked Ben, I felt like he became more flat as a character toward the end.

    There is a lot of Christian talk, and some very wise points, but Judd doesn't make me believe he has really found faith.

    The romance is half telling, not showing. They have some chemistry toward the beginning, but in middle/end, I'm just not convinced about Judd and Larkin as a couple. I don't think they are going to work out without more major character renovations.

    (The spoilers hereafter are real, folks. I'm about to talk about the ending. Click on spoiler at your peril!)

    So I never really liked Judd personally as a character. Larkin seemed flighty and childish. The book has tons of promise but didn't deliver for me in the end. I'm not optimistic about this match, folks.

    Content:

    Swears "almighty" and "for heaven's sake"

    Sexual: Judd has strong feelings of lust for girls on the beach

    Drinking...teetotaler Judd comes to a point where he sits down for drinks with Larkin's dad and decides it isn't bad and is going to be a habit he will enjoy having with his father-in-law.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

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