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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Sound of Rain

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1954 in the wake of Hurricane Hazel. Right away, I was intrigued by this novel based on its setting. The Sound of Rain did not disappoint. In fact, the settings are so richly woven throughout the story that they almost become characters--from the mountains of Appalachia to the warm sand and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward are about as different as two characters can be. He is a hardscrabble man, dealing with depression and grief after a mine collapse inured him and left his brother dead. Larkin is a privileged socialite, the daughter of the owner of the timber company Judd comes to work for, who spends her nights dancing and her days in the sand. But, there is much more to these characters than meets the eye, and the author does a wonderful job of bringing them to life and showing what lies beneath the surface.

Their relationship is tested in several ways, and with God's help, it develops into something truly special. I enjoyed the time period, the characters, the setting, and the overriding theme of The Sound of Rain. As I read, I could picture family members of mine living these same circumstances. That, plus the familiar setting of Myrtle Beach make this book a winner.

The publisher provided a review copy of The Sound of Rain.