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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Deepest Waters...Review

About the book:
What began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 for John and Laura Foster aboard the steamship SS Vandervere becomes a nightmare when a hurricane causes their ship to sink into the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself with the other women and children aboard a sailing ship while John and a hundred other men drift on the open sea on anything they could grab as the Vandervere went down. Suspecting her John is gone but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone--and meeting her new in-laws without their son if she ever reaches New York.

Readers will be holding their breath as they sail through this emotional and honest story of hope, faith, and love in the face of uncertainty. Talented author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story through an intimate focus on two lost lovers. Inspired by real events, this moving novel will capture the hearts of all who dive into its pages.

When their ship sinks during their honeymoon voyage, Laura must leave John behind when the women and children are rescued.  Fearing that he perished when the ship sank, she must continue on to New York on her own aboard the rescue ship.  Laura finds strength in her faith and in the friendships she forms on board ship with Melissa, the young women traveling to meet her fiance, and Micah, the kind-hearted slave owned by the ship's captain.  She must decide whether to find John's family in New York even as she refuses to give up hope that he is gone.

Laura and John's courtship is told in reflective flashbacks as she travels toward an uncertain future.  This is a beautiful story of love and hope and faith in God.  Dan's descriptions of the survivors and their struggles raw you into the story, completely.  I loved getting to know Laura and John and Micah was a fantastic character.  This was a tender story that I couldn't put down. 

I loved the author's note at the end where he explained his inspiration for writing the story.  I look forward to more from Dan Walsh.

Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler from Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Dan Walsh here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/11

4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I am adding this to my wish list. It sounds like a very good, inspirational story. Thanks for the great review.