2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Loudin Thomas & The Right Kind of Fool

Posted September 3, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Sarah Loudin Thomas / 36 Comments

Hello once more for today! Through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Sarah Loudin Thomas and her historical Carol Award finalist book The Right Kind of Fool! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2020
PAGES: 314

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.


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I asked the author…

What do you most want readers to take away from the right kind of fool?

When I pitched the idea for writing a book about a 13-year-old deaf boy who discovers a dead body, I was caught up by the idea of exploring how people communicate. Neat idea? Right? My editor thought so and suddenly I—a middlish aged hearing woman—had to think like a deaf teen. Yikes! I was more than a little intimidated by what I was tackling.

But it ended up being an amazing journey through story. By putting myself in the shoes of someone who was young, unable to hear, and most of all seen as different, I found myself really thinking through how people communicate. Touch, body language, facial expressions, non-verbal sounds, even vibration. But the takeaway is about more than communication—it’s also about MIS-communication. Loyal’s parents are miscommunicating all over the place and in many ways understand less with their ears than Loyal does with his heart.

We live in a soundbite society where our attention spans are getting shorter by the minute. What I hope readers take away from The Right Kind of Fool is that it’s well worth the time and trouble to slow down—to listen, to see—to understand and to be understood.

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her historical fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. A fund-raiser for a children’s ministry, Sarah has time to write because she doesn’t have children of her own. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the acclaimed novels The Right Kind of Fool–winner of the 2021 Selah Book of the Year–and Miracle in a Dry Season–winner of the 2015 Inspy Award. Sarah has also been a finalist for the Christy Award, ACFW Carol Award, and the Christian Book of the Year Award. She and her husband live near Asheville, NC.

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Sarah Loudin Thomas is offering a signed print copy of The Right Kind of Fool to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the historical Carol Award finalist The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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36 responses to “2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Sarah Loudin Thomas & The Right Kind of Fool

  1. Elizabeth Litton

    I really enjoyed read The Right Kind of Fool because it was the first CF book I read with a deaf protagonist. I’ve always thought sign language was interesting.

  2. Pam K.

    The Right Kind of Fool is a wonderful book. I recommended it to my book club and they enjoyed it too. I’ve become a big fan of Sarah Loudin Thomas’ books and have read them all.

  3. Brenda Hunter

    Sarah Thomas has such a creative mind. I wish I had half of her imagination for words and stories. I have enjoyed everyone one of her books and awaiting the next one.

  4. I have loved the other books by Sarah Loudin Thomas so I am very excited to get my hands on this one soon! It sounds so good!

  5. Debra J Pruss

    Thank you so much for sharing. This book has two elements that I love, mystery and West Virginia. God bless you.

  6. Connie Scruggs

    Reading about a deaf character in a historical fiction book is very interesting to me. Not many writers include characters with disabilities.

  7. Cathy

    I enjoy historical fiction and have greatly appreciated the books of Sarah’s that I have been fortunate to read. She paints pictures with words.

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