Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holms

Driftwood Tides
by Gina Holms

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Quite a dramatic family drama with both main characters having the opportunity to tell their side of the story.  The author creatively switched between Holton a man who has recently lost his wife and can't seem to find his passion since the accident and Libby who is on the cusp of a wedding that is getting out of hand and learns that her parents and past isn't what she thought it always was.  

These characters made the book.  They played off each other and challenged each other at the same time.  This book could have been set anywhere (although I love Nags Head!) which gives this book the ability to relate to almost any reader.  The pursuit of self and passion made me easily fall in love with this book.  

I read this book in practically one setting, it was so easy to get into and to care about all the characters.  The author revealed the details of the secrets and things at just the right moments.  This book is a great read for any time of the year - on the beach on vacation or curled up as fall begins!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from JKS Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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