Saturday, January 10, 2015
Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes (Review)
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.
This was a good contemporary Christian fiction book. It held my attention from beginning to end. The author does a good job making the characters feel real. The plot and characters were well developed and interesting. It is not a pleasant feel good book though. Holton is an alcoholic and not a very nice one. When she shows up looking for his dead wife, Adele, he cannot believe that his wife had a child and gave it up for adoption and did not tell him. Libby will not give up on him even though she is not his biological daughter. This book has a few twists and turns. The conclusion is good and satisfying. Recommended to fans of Contemporary Christian fiction.
Gina Holmes is the founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket and the author of award-winning novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, Wings of Glass and Driftwood Tides. Holmes writes about flawed people living in a flawed world with the help of a perfect God. She's also a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to 3 daughters. She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.
You can find her at: www.ginaholmes.com or, on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes or twitter:@1GinaHolmes
Review copy provided by Netgalley and Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.