About the Book
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 open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Larkin Heyward’s life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more–maybe moving to the hills and hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she’s never even met someone who’s lived there–until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father’s timber company.
Drawn together in the wake of a hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd’s and Larkin’s dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together–or maybe, it will take a miracle.
In My Opinion (Review)
A mine cave in and the resulting tragedy lead Judd Markley from West Virginia to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A man who is intent on doing his job well, in spite of his injured leg, he soon catches the notice of his superiors.
Myrtle Beach is a different world from the mountains of West Virginia. The heat and humidity are difficult to get used to, and when Judd experiences his first hurricane, the devastation that comes from the sky awes him.
A good-hearted man who makes an effort to offer kindness to those he crosses paths with, Judd’s path continues to cross that of his employer’s daughter.
Larkin is a pretty girl with dreams of moving to the Appalachian Mountains to help the people there—people like Judd.
Sarah Loudin Thomas takes readers back a few decades when life was a bit simpler but social classes were alive and well. As Judd and Larkin search for God’s call on their lives, there were times I wondered if these two would ever be on the same page as to their futures—a fantastic imitation of life. It is only in hindsight we see God’s hand directing our paths.
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