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Review and Giveaway: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes September 4, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:12 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Driftwood Tides
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)
Gina Holmes


Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.


My thoughts and giveaway:

Gina knows how to write a novel. This is the second book I have read by her. I loved the first one I read, Wings of Glass, so I was very excited to get my hands on her newest book. This one did not disappoint.

Gina has an almost poetic way about her writing. It simply flows off the page and into your mind. Her characters and so flawed and real, just like us.

From the beginning page you can feel the heartache that is to come. The great love that Holten has for Adele and then she is taken from him and he blames himself, turning to alchohol instead of facing reality. I think we can all relate on some level. We may not turn to alchohol but we turn to other things that distract us from real life, from our pain. I know I have.

Libby is a strong young woman but she is struggling to find out who she really it. She isn’t really the daugther of a self-absorbed woman but the daugther of woman she never met. I can only imagine how shocking that must be to her.

If you are looking for a beautifully written story of hope this is one you want to grab.

Leave a comment by September 10th at 5:00 p.m. to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


21 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes”

  1. Roxanna s. Ford Says:

    I would love to read Driftwood Tides for selfish reasons. I gave a child up for adoption 41 years ago and we were reunited this year. He was raised an only child and now has a much larger family, including two sisters and a brother. I want to see what emotions the characters in the book experience as they become this small new family, especially since his late wife never mentioned the adoption. I personally experienced and still am experiencing ups and downs on this roller coaster of a ride. Many blessings to the author for writing on such a difficult subject.

  2. I love the emotions Gina evokes with her writing and am eager to read Driftwood Tides. Thank you for sharing a wonderful review and giveaway!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  3. johuddleston Says:

    I agree with you that Gina knows how to write a novel. She connects with her readers on each page. Thanks for the book drawing.

  4. Jackie Smith Says:

    I LOVE Gina’s books and am anxious to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

  5. amyc Says:

    This book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read this book, as well as, any other book by Gina.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  6. lib1lady Says:

    We have Gina’s book, “Wings of Glass” in the church library. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win her book.

  7. D.L. Kamstra Says:

    I have Wings of Glass on my kindle currently waiting to be read. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and this book sounds wonderful as well. dlkamstra(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. karen Says:

    Love the cover, i will have to read wings of glass

  9. Renee G Says:

    This book sounds wonderful.

  10. kellysshining Says:

    I have never read anything by Gina, but this description sounds very intriguing. It certainly takes on that we all have stories that everyone may not be aware of. Even the ones who think they know us best. Thank you for the opportunity. KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Melanie Backus Says:

    Driftwood Tides…….Oh what a book! Thank you for sharing…..I would love this one!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  12. KayM Says:

    I’ve heard such great things about Gina Holmes. This story sounds very unique and interesting. Thanks, Melissa, for offering this opportunity to win a copy.

  13. chose number 3. Congrats Jo! Thanks all who commented. Hope you get a chance to read this one.

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