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