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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.

©2020 Sarah Loudin Thomas (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Heartwarming

THe Right Kind of Fool reminded me so much of To Kill a Mockingbird. It was so well written! The characters battled with moral issues that cut to the heart of friendship, family and community. The author captured the coming of age emotions as well as the emotions of adults as they battled their own demons. This would also be a great book for a school age child. It is a timeless classic, I enjoyed it very much!

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Exquisite and tender

Wonderful all the way around. Great story, perfect narration, totally immersive tale. I feel such a fondness for these characters. Five stars for sure!

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The consequence of a journalist and using a fake photo

Another great writing by Sarah London Thomas! This book has all of her books hold your attention all the way through and you can't wait to read another one of her books! The story has so many twists and turns and unexpected pathways!

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Hauntingly beautiful.

Simply wonderful character development. Characters were so alive they drew you in. Unforgettable. Poignant. Lyrical.