by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed to stay close to home on a hot summer day in 1934. When he slips away for a quick swim in the river and finds a dead body, he wishes he’d obeyed his mother. The ripples caused by his discovery will impact the town of Beverly, West Virginia, in ways no one could have imagined.
The first person those ripples disturb is Loyal’s absentee father. When Creed Raines realized his infant son was deaf, he headed for the hills, returning only to help meet his family’s basic needs. But when Loyal, now a young teen, stumbles upon a murder it’s his father he runs to tell–shaping the words with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the investigation he discovers that what sets his son apart isn’t his inability to hear but rather his courage. Longing to reclaim the life he abandoned, Creed will have to do more than help solve a murder if he wants to win his family’s hearts again.
This cover is not especially attention grabbing. And yet, I kept hearing so many good things about this book, I knew I wanted to read it!
And, I found…
A thought provoking story about a young deaf boy, how he happens on a dead body, and what kinds of unexpected events this brings to his summer.
Sarah Loudin Thomas has done an exceptional job at bringing Loyal to life. Excellent voice, and then an intriguing storyline.
Seekers, searching for meaning in life, forgiveness, acceptance, and much more.
This tale is rich in so many things.
I loved reading about the small town set in the hills, the detailed setting so vividly brought to life those days in the 1930s.
This story has so much going on, and I especially appreciated the hint of mystery and suspense. I did not know what to expect, or which direction the story would take.
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