This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.
ABOUT THE BOOK
He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.
When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.
Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.
MY REVIEW-This is probably the first book I have ever read by Gina Holmes. And I am now a dedicated fan;) Driftwood Tides follows the story of Libby, a young woman who unexpectedly finds out that she is adopted, and the life she has known over the last 24 years is not really true. All this comes right before her wedding so things are thrown into chaos as she tries tracking down her birth mother.
I found the characters to be oh so flawed but so very true to real life. Holton has turned to the bottle ever since his wife died and we see some moral issues that are portrayed as realistic. I don't agree with the decisions made but I also know how young people are and what goes through the mind of a teenager. I found Caroline(Libby's adoptive mother) to be harsh but I also was drawn to her for some reason. I guess behind all the anger and sharp tongue you see the silent need to be loved and to be needed. Rob is Libby's fiance and I went from liking him to disliking him and then liking him again.
This was a wonderful book that makes you think. I get tired sometimes of reading a romance book that doesn't really give strong lessons. This one had some great lessons in it but it wasn't preachy. Excellent book!!
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**