The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publication Date: November 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“If Providence were real, he wouldn’t even be here—a man without a home drifting on a southern breeze.”
In Bethel, West Virginia in April of 1954 a mining accident forever changes the lives of two brothers. One never makes it out of the mine alive and the other struggles to live in the aftermath of the accident. Sarah Loudin Thomas tells a haunting story of two young people trying to live life through other people’s dreams. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina to work timber and fulfill his brother Joe’s dreams. Larkin Heyward, a vivacious young woman with big, charitable dreams, stays at home trying to compensate for the loss of her brother, Ben, from their family. When the two young people begin to spend time together, they each eventually feel the need to live their own life, even if it means living it in two different states and in two very different ways.
This introspective, slightly sad tale weaves a story with an ending that will satisfy readers. Ms. Thomas makes her characters feel like real, down to earth people. The book was slow getting started, but the story picked up momentum as it went further. The story has more of a realistic tone than a typical fiction novel. If you enjoy Christian fiction with a realistic quality, this book is for you.
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.