Review: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction

Publication Date: November 7th, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764219618

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

This book is told through two different perspectives. The first one is Judd Markley, a man who leaves his home in West Virginia because of a mining accident involving him and his brothers. Judd was lucky to get away with just a broken leg, however his brother had not been so lucky and had his own life taken away. He swears he will never go into another mine and moves to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to get a fresh start on life. On the train down, he meets a nice man who works at a timber company and says he will introduce Judd to the boss for a job. The second perspective is told through Larkin Heyward, whose father owns the timber company. Larkin is treated like a child by her father and not allowed to do the things that she really wants to do. She volunteers at the local hospital, but one day hopes to move north in order to help the poor and disadvantaged. Later that night Larkin and Judd meet at the beach where their story begins.

Reading the Synopsis, I became very curious as to where this story was going to go as it only talks about a hurricane and then needing a miracle to keep the two together. I was immediately captivated by the way the author describes the 1950s and found the writing style comforting. When the author starts describing the hurricane it made me feel as if I was experiencing one myself, which led me to realizing that I felt very close to the characters. It is very rare to feel close to the characters so early in the book, making the author very skilled at writing stories. Family is also a big part in this book and causes characters to run away and move towards others. Through family, the author communicates real life with how growing kids want to do their own thing, even if it is against what your parents want for you.

The two main characters are opposites in the fact that, Judd wants to stay away from West Virginia and received a solid job working at the Timber Company. Whereas Larkin wants to move away from South Carolina and go up north in order to help deprived people. They find themselves constantly at odds and are torn between following their heart and doing what they have always wanted to. When Larkin and Judd start having feelings for each other, things become more complicated as they struggle to stay together. I greatly enjoyed the way the author told this part of the story because it kept me very enraptured throughout the entire book causing me to never want to put it down.

This book contains real life situations in hurricanes, complicated relationships, and family. I found it very heartwarming and comforting to read, however there were parts that tended to pulled at my heartstrings. But somehow those parts made the conclusions even more gratifying. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a real life situation historical fiction book.

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

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