Driftwood Tides
By Gina Holmes
Published by Tyndale
ISBN 978-1414366425
400 Pages

Back Cover: 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 driftwood 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.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that talks about second chances; from an author I enjoy reading.

Holton Creary, renowned driftwood artist losses his wife, Adele in a freak accident. When she kissed him good-bye that morning little did he know it would be their last embrace. “It wasn’t an hour after Holton had handed her a travel mug of coffee and kissed her through the open car window when a squad car pulled up in front of the house. The moment the policeman took off his hat and slid it under his arm, Holton knew…Adele was gone.”

“Holton was so stunned that his heart froze, unable to respond. Before that could change, he drove to the nearest liquor store and bought the biggest bottle of gin he could find.”

Libby and her fiancĂ©, Rob had their blood tested (before the wedding) to see if either of them were carriers for Cystic Fibrosis, “the disease that had taken the life of Rob’s younger sister.” The results had great and mysterious news. The great news was neither of them were carriers for the disease. Surprising news was her blood type was A positive. Weird. “Both of her parents had O blood types,…two 0s don’t produce an A child. It had to be an error!”

This information sends Libby digging for answers and eventually leads her to the front door of Holton Creary, world renowned artist, widow. A man resolved to live a life of seclusion. “Someone Libby found drinking away his pain on the Outer Banks in North Carolina... A knock on Holton’s door changes everything for them both.” They struggle to find answers to their mounting questions about Adele. Both are surprised the blood test results and what they meant.

Rob, Libby’s fiancĂ© is patient with her to a point. He didn’t’ understand why this search had to be done now. They had a wedding to plan. Time was ticking. Libby’s mom Caroline was the controlling type and they were slowly losing control of their special day each day Libby was away!

Holton thought to himself, “Adele had been the love of his life, but maybe true love wasn't a one-time shot. Maybe like this branch – turned – driftwood, hearts could be re-purposed.”

Both Libby and Holton learn, “If we want to be forgiven, we have to forgive.”

Gina Holmes pens a heartwarming story with complex believable characters I instantly cared for. This is a story of forgiveness and a one of new beginnings. This author also talks about giving God control of you life by surrendering it all to Him. (Easier said than done!) It’s a process that requires you taking one step at a time. "Accepting the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." I liked this encouraging novel with it's forgiveness and new beginning themes! This makes for a good read and a lively discussion for a book club pick.

RELEASE DATE of Gina Holmes NEW book SEPT 1, 2014 - you can Pre-Order it now!
Gina Holmes & Ane Mulligan & myself March 2014 at a Book Event
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