About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Finder of Forgotten Things by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The Finder of Forgotten Things

It's 1932 and Sullivan Harris is on the run. He promised the people of Kline, West Virginia, that he would find them water, but now he's failed and disappeared with their cash. Although he's determined to stay a step ahead of pursuers--like Jeremiah Weber--his resources are running low.

Gainey Floyd is suspicious of Sulley's claim to be a dowser when he appears in town but reconsiders after he finds water. Rather, it's Sulley who grows uneasy when his success makes folks wonder if he can find more than water--like forgotten items or missing people. He lights out to escape such expectations and runs smack into something worse.

Hundreds of men have found jobs digging the Hawks Nest Tunnel--but what they thought was a blessing is killing them. And no one seems to care. Here, Sulley finds something new--a desire to help. As Jeremiah--and now Gainey--pursue him, Sulley becomes the unexpected catalyst for finding what even he has forgotten. Hope.


I must confess that I took longer than usual to read The Finder of Forgotten Things, because I wanted to savor this absolutely stunning book. It's obvious that Sarah Thomas Loudin has invested much love and research to spotlight this West Virginia tragedy by creating characters that I won't forget, a faith message that should never be overlooked, and a history lesson that must never be forgotten. In 1931, Gainey Floyd is still looking for the baby that she had to give up many years ago, and Jeremiah Weber's efforts to find a con man is taking him on a journey he never expected to make. Sullivan Harrison is that charming con man, and he is proof positive that good can be found in everyone, even if it's buried deep inside. I loved the special chemistry between Gainey and Jeremiah, and I found myself caught up with the possibility that Sulley could be Gainey's son. There are many surprises, with many twists and turns, but there is no disappointment in the connections that are about to be forged in Mount Lookout, West Virginia!

This book isn't light and fluffy, because there is sadness and heartbreak for the miners affected by the Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Thomas poignantly portrays the hurt and despair, and the ill treatment from our government. There is, however, joy and hope in her depiction of man's overwhelming urge to love and the universal need to belong. Thomas is a masterful storyteller, and The Finders of Forgotten Things is a beautifully written testament to the power of love, faith, and family. This heartwarming book has gained a spot on my keeper shelf!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, but there was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.

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