Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas


                                    The Right Kind of Fool

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.

My Thoughts:
The Right Kind of Fool is a compelling novel that will capture your heart as you turn the pages. This book kept me reading until I was finished. I love the character of Loyal. As a young man who is deaf, struggling into a world of hearing, with an absent father, this book speaks to the reader. 
I am a huge fan of Loyal. The author did a tremendous job of writing his character. As a reader, I felt as though I know him. This book addressed fear in a way that the reader can relate with, especially in our pandemic world right now. I also loved the Christian undertones of this novel. Overall, a great novel that I highly encourage you to read this year!

About the Author:
I’m a Christian, wife, fundraiser and writer living near Asheville, NC. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV. I used to say “rural WV,” but realized that’s largely redundant. I LOVE my home state and the fact that I’m the seventh generation to grow up on the family farm. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. I want you to be as wild about these hazy, blue mountains and the wonderful people who live in them as I am.

I’ve been married for nearly 25 years and I not only love my husband, I really, really like him. We started our journey together with three big dogs–Crockett, Precious and Sammy. We now have one small dog that requires more energy than the first three did together.

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