The Deepest Waters
For John and Laura Foster, what began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere soon becomes a nightmare. A terrible hurricane strikes and the grand ship is lost in the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself rescued with the other women and children, but how can she feel anything but despondent without her groom? Suspecting her John is gone but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone.
Talented author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story of hope, faith, and love through an intimate lens. Inspired by real events, this emotional and honest story will capture your heart as you sail through its pages.
I DEVOURED THIS ONE! STARTED IT YESTERDAY EVENING, WOKE UP THINKING ABOUT IT AT MIDNIGHT SO I READ FOR AN HOUR, WOKE UP AGAIN AT FOUR AND KEPT ON READING. I FINISHED IT AT THE BUS STOP ON MY WAY TO WORK. I HAVE TO CONFESS I WAS MOVED TO TEARS. LUCKILY THERE WAS A STRONG, FRIGID WIND WHIPPING ABOUT AND I USED THAT AS AN EXCUSE FOR MY WATERING EYES AND RUNNY NOSE.
DAN WALSH IS A POWERFUL STORYTELLER. HE GRABS HIS READERS WITH THE FIRST SENTENCE AND DOESN'T LET THEM GO UNTIL THE LAST ONE. I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HIS 'FORMULA' IS -- WHY WHAT HE DOES WORKS BUT I'M TOO LOST IN THE STORY TO STOP AND ANALYZE.
I DO KNOW THAT I LOVE THE FLOW OF HIS WORDS -- THE DEEPEST WATERS WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC READ ALOUD. IT'S RICH TIMING AND CADENCE BEGS TO BE SHARED.
THE FACT THAT THE STORY IS LOOSELY BASED ON A TRUE ONE MAKES IT ALL THE MORE POIGNANT. BUT WALSH'S CHARACTERS REALLY CAPTURED MY HEART, RIGHT DOWN TO THE DOG! (ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME AND HOW MUCH I LOVE DOGS WON'T BE SURPRISED AT THAT!). I, IN FACT, DEVELOPED A BOND WITH MICAH (AND NO, I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU A THING ABOUT HIM -- YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO READ THE BOOK!) IN A WAY, MICAH BECAME THE BOOK'S CENTRAL FORCE -- PROPELLING CIRCUMSTANCES AND ACTION IN A SURPRISING WAY. BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED BY WALSH.
THE ONE THING I WILL TAKE AWAY FROM MY READ IS MICAH'S DEVOTION TO GOD AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO REJOICE IN THE MOMENT WHILE NOT BELABORING THE PAST OR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE. I HAVE BEEN GUILTY ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION OF BORROWING TROUBLE IN SPADES AND AM LIVING IN THE MIDST OF TURMOIL ON MANY FRONTS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. WALSH HAS BROUGHT ME COMFORT, UNDERSTANDING AND HOPE THROUGH MICAH. AND, ALONG WITH THAT A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY GOD ORCHESTRATES OUR LIVES -- IF WE LET HIM.
Reminder: If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Deepest Water by Dan Walsh, leave a comment below. A draw will be held on Sunday April 10 for all the books I read between April 1 - 10. For more information about the Giveaway check out the April Showers Bring Reading Hours blog posted on March 31.