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 Through Judd 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 In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through ...

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Title:The Sound of Rain
Author:Sarah Loudin Thomas
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Genres:Christian Fiction
ISBN:0764219618
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:331 pages pages

The Sound of Rain Reviews

  • Jaime Jo Wright
    Jan 07, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

  • Adrienne
    Nov 11, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

  • Amber Stokes
    Jan 12, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

  • Maureen Timerman
    Nov 21, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

  • Vivian
    Jul 17, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

  • Gail Hollingsworth
    Feb 01, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

  • C.E. Hart
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

  • Shantelle
    Nov 19, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

  • Jerry
    Jan 20, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

  • Mardell
    Dec 26, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their af...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together. Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the i...

  • Mia
    Nov 05, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

  • CarolynB
    Nov 22, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 05, 2016

    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 ...

  • Cassie
    Dec 21, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their af...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together. Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the i...

    I?ll tell you right now - it was the cover that made me want to read it. Oh my word... the colors, the font, the raindrops... GORGEOUS. And the story, a West Virginia coal miner who?s afraid of the dark and a southern belle who wants to change the world? Well, that?s wasn?t exa...

    I really enjoyed this book. It took me quite a bit longer to read than I normally spend with a book but that wasn't due to the book at all. It's a historical romance that is actually a bit more than that. Yes, Judd and Larkin fall in love; but their story unfolds in a way that is so ri...

  • Jamie
    Feb 26, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

  • Emily
    Dec 29, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their af...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together. Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the i...

    I?ll tell you right now - it was the cover that made me want to read it. Oh my word... the colors, the font, the raindrops... GORGEOUS. And the story, a West Virginia coal miner who?s afraid of the dark and a southern belle who wants to change the world? Well, that?s wasn?t exa...

  • Hannah
    Oct 09, 2016

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

  • Yvette
    Jan 08, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Nov 13, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

  • Rachel
    Dec 06, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

  • Julia Wilson
    Nov 07, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

  • Allison Flexer
    Feb 01, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

  • Susan
    Jan 31, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

  • Amanda Tero
    Dec 09, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

  • Helen
    Dec 04, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

  • Maddy
    Nov 25, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

  • SeekerOfGrace
    Jan 02, 2018

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their af...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together. Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the i...

    I?ll tell you right now - it was the cover that made me want to read it. Oh my word... the colors, the font, the raindrops... GORGEOUS. And the story, a West Virginia coal miner who?s afraid of the dark and a southern belle who wants to change the world? Well, that?s wasn?t exa...

    I really enjoyed this book. It took me quite a bit longer to read than I normally spend with a book but that wasn't due to the book at all. It's a historical romance that is actually a bit more than that. Yes, Judd and Larkin fall in love; but their story unfolds in a way that is so ri...

    The Sound of Rain first grabbed my attention because of the dual setting: Myrtle Beach - a favorite vacation spot with many fond memories - and the coal mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia, where I have family roots and more nostalgic memories. Just as the title suggests, The Sound...

  • Mandy Elliott
    Nov 21, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...

    3.5-star read I received a print copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Judd Markley wakes up after a mine collapse and his only thoughts are for his brother Joe and the other miner's safety and welfare. When he's brought out of the ...

    This lovely book is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. First, I live in the Appalachian mountains and have vacationed in Myrtle Beach so I easily identified with the characters and the locations set in this story. In addition, I have experienced several hurricanes and their af...

  • Abigail
    Oct 16, 2017

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    Oct 05, 2016

    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 ...

    I wasn't sure I was going to like The Sound of Rain, 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...

    In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water, In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through Judd 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. A...

    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 se...

    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 ...

    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 fo...

    A charming historical romance. ...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas has written a well researched historical and very romantic story. There?s no doubt about that. If you enjoy romance set in interesting places and times, I think you should check this one out. It?s definitely a love story for the hopeless romantics. But, I can...

    The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured. It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart. ...

    A well written novel with beautiful descriptions and a vintage charm that returns us to the 50?s. Things I loved: I enjoyed the slow burn of the novel, the atmospheric writing that pulled you backward in time. The author did a fabulous job of immersing the reader into the logging...

    Judd Markley and Larkin Heyward`s life might have completely different backgrounds but both have had their share of hurts that have shaped them today. Judd Markley moves to South Carolina consumed by grief and remorse. He's determined to live out his baby brother dream not only as a...

    With an echo of some elements from Christy by Catherine Marshall, but a cast of characters with a story all their own, The Sound of Rain enchanted me. Not all at once. I liked the writing style from the beginning, but it's a gentle read, like comforting rain tapping on the roof?even ...

    We have a couple disasters here, a mine cave in and then a hurricane, and our Judd gets to live through both, but as we see he is not left unscathed. Then the author brings us the Heyward family, a man devastated by his upbringing of being poor, having had a father that gave all they h...

    This book had me hooked after the first paragraph, honestly. From the coal mines of West Virginia to the timberlands of South Carolina and back into the hills of Kentucky, this book is filled with strong people with strong personalities. Judd Markley is the perfect hero, and Larkin is ...

    After the mine he's working in collapses, injuring him and killing his younger brother Joe, Judd Markley can't bear to go back to mining. He leaves his home in West Virginia to go to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he finds a job working for a timber company. When he first meets La...

    Sarah Loudin Thomas' newest novel is headed straight for my re-read shelf. Though I was a bit skeptical when it came to the 1950's rich girl/poor boy storyline, it was so much more than this. It was the potentially condescending desire of a rich 21 year old girl to help those less f...

    The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his tr...

    This is the third book I've read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and each one seems to get better and better. I loved the story but the characters even more. The first chapter started out with a bang and drew me in right away. Judd was likable from the start. I felt for him in his situation and...

    He closed his eyes and focused on the pain in his ribs, his leg, his head?anything but the pain in his heart. ~excerpt, Chapter 1 The Sound of Rain is the fifth story I?ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She is a talented southern fiction storyteller with a spiritual, healing incli...

    I really enjoyed this book. It's setting is different from my normal read. I loved the historical tidbits of 1950's Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel and the Appalachian hills of Western Virginia and Kentucky. Judd and Larkin, both from such diverse worlds, struggle with discerning and fo...

    I loved reading the Sound of Rain over the holidays this year. Sarah Loudin Thomas wrote another winner with this book! The characters are real and memorable. The plot is not predictable (like many novels). It takes some unexpected turns and twists and keeps the reader engaged. Even th...

    I loved the story...the ending got a little confusing trying to figure out how everybody was related to everyone else, but all in all, I enjoyed the book. ...

    The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions o...

    I've read all of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books ever since she wrote her first novella. I was sad that I didn't get to read this one right when it came out, but life was very busy then. This book was beautiful. I love how she can take hardship and turn it into opportunity. I loved the f...