There are very few authors who write novels that move me like Gina Holmes'. Driftwood Tides is no exception.
Holton is an artist who is struggling, not only with his career, but also with alcoholism. He is still mourning the loss of his wife, Adele, and drinks to try and dull the pain.
Things are turned upside down when Libby enters the scene. She has her own agenda when Libby inquires about an internship.
The story takes it's readers through the ups and downs of life, love, loss, and addiction. Each character is well drawn and certainly have their flaws. It brings to the forefront how people are affected by addiction and how it impacts those around them. Even the secondary characters play a vital role in how this story plays out.
My favorite quote was, "I wouldn't buy a glass of water from him if I were passed out in the desert."
I especially enjoyed the lessons in forgiveness, hope and love. If you are looking for a novel that will make you laugh, will bring on the tears, and have your routing for it's characters, this is the book for you. I highly recommend Driftwood Tides.
Gina Holmes writes an interesting story of Libby who, as a young adult, discovers she is adopted. Libby and her adoptive mother have a shaky relationship primarily due to Caroline being a controlling mother. Libby searches for her biological mother and uncovers several surprises including a grandmother. Most of all she learns forgiveness and real love.
The characters in the book were real people facing real problems. I enjoyed this book and will look for more books by Gina Holmes.
I received this book free from Goodreads in exchange for my honest opinion.
Gina Holmes states that the books she writes are based on forgiveness and Driftwood Tides is no exception. Forgiveness is not just needed by one of the characters but by nearly all in some form or the other. Libby finds out in her twenties that she was adopted. Her mother gives her her birth information reluctantly and she goes in search of her birth mother. She finds a drunk that turns out to be the husband of her birth mother Adele. In the process she discovers Adele was killed in a horrible traffic accident a few years back. Holton, Adele's husband, blames himself for her death and has been drinking daily since then. Libby has to decide whether she wants to stay the summer and try to help Holton or go back home. She initially hides her identity from Holton, hoping to try and find out more about her mother. I loved how the author brought the characters to life, making them seem like people you could actually know in real life. It was a book that drew me in and I was able to read it in such a short time. I love the beach and could almost feel the wind blowing through my hair as I read. This is an excellent book that has a good lesson on forgiveness and God's Grace.
Libby Slater is planning her wedding when a routine medical test reveals a secret from her past: that shes the daughter of a stranger named Adele Davison, not Caroline and George Slater. Libby hasnt seen her father since he left over twenty years ago, and her relationship with her mother has always been difficult. She determines to find Adele, if only to find a father to walk her down the aisle, but her attempt to reconnect with her birth family doesnt go according to plan.
Holton Creary is a talented artist, but is also still grieving the loss of his wife in a car accident five years ago. His grief drove him to gin, and despite the help of his assistant, Tess, hes about to go bankrupt. However, out of respect for his late wife, he grudgingly agrees to give Libby a summer internship although he has no idea of the real reason she wants to work with him.
Driftwood Tides is the first Gina Holmes book Ive read, and I was impressed. Shes an excellent writer, with the ability to create a cast of flawed but likeable characters (with the possible exception of the over-controlling Caroline), and to have them react in realistic ways to the challenges they are presented with. She has also managed to develop a plot with a strong Christian theme of forgiveness, yet keeping the Christian themes light and not at all preachy (if I had one complaint, it would be that I would have liked to have seen more of Libby spiritual development).
Driftwood Tides is more than a story of forgiveness. Its the story of one man struggling to overcome grief with gin, of the woman who loves him enough to stick by him even when he barely acknowledges her existence, of another woman who changes both their lives, and of a young couple attempting to plan for a future together. Its a plot with layers of complexity, and one with an element of unpredictability that turns it into something special.
Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
At the lowest ebb in his life, driftwood artist Holton Creary is a full blown alcoholic. He started his drinking journey on the day that his wife died in a car crash. Adele was everything to him and he just could not bear the idea that he was the cause of her death - or so he believed. Not having paid his mortgage and bills, and spending all the money he earns on gin, he is in big financial trouble. Foreclosure is around the corner and he is about to lose his property at the beach that Adele and he loved so much.
Shortly before she is hoping to get married, Libby Slater finds out that her mother is not her biological mother. Suddenly many things seem to make sense to Libby; like why her mother has never been mother-material. Her father left when she was only four and now she understands why he could walk away from her so easily - she was not his biological daughter.
Having received the adoption papers from her mother, Libby decides she wants to find her birth mother. She has so many questions to ask. Her quest leads her to Holtons door step. Their first meeting is not a pleasant one as Holton is completely drunk. In Holtons house, Libby finds a picture of Adele and she sees the resemblance with herself. Her hope for answers shatters when she learns of her death. Not wanting to tell Holton right away that he is her step-father, she makes up a story that she is looking for an internship and that Adele had promised her the position when she was still alive. Reluctantly, Holton agrees and offers her the position for the summer. Libby hopes to learn more about her mother during the summer months, but she was not prepared for everything she was about to see and learn during her so-called internship.
Fantastic storyline! I was sucked into the lives of Libby and Holton and the people around them, and had a hard time putting the book down. There were smiles and tears in this emotional tale that deals with real issues; like alcoholism, grief and acceptance. At times my heart ached for all that the characters had to endure - but beauty, hope and faith always shone through.
Between the lines I learned about the driftwood art - something I had never heard about and I found it very fascinating to see Holton create his art. A compelling story that follows the lives of well developed characters with real emotions, this is a recommended read!