Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Tour: The Deepest Waters (Review)

In The Deepest Waters, Dan Walsh has once again pulled together a novel which weaves together historical fact, along with themes of love, hope and faith.

With The Deepest Waters, Walsh tells the tale of John and Laura Foster, who become victims of a shipwreck while on their honeymoon.

I found the story interesting - OK, it was a bit predictable a bit at times - to watch the story of Laura and John unfold. Walsh tells the tale from the perspective of his two main characters - Laura, who is rescued with he women (ala the Titanic), and John, as he finds redemption from a certain death in unexpected ways.

I liked the book simply because I enjoy seeing how Walsh pulls historical facts and ideas into his novels. While it's not my favorite - I really liked his first two books - The Deepest Waters is a solid, stand-alone tale that will provide a delightful read for someone wanting to escape reality a bit..

If you are looking for a love story that ranks up there with Nicholas Sparks, but has a solid Christian theme, then look no further - I think The Deepest Waters, will fill that desire.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this book a solid three and a half to four. For historical fact and character development, Walsh does a fabulous job. (I really liked the supporting storyline which develops using a character from the boat and servants in John's family home.)

It will be interesting to see what Walsh creates next, since he retired from the ministry in August 2010 to write full-time.

More About The Book
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.

About The Author
Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Walsh served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Find him online here: http://www.danwalshbooks.com/

Online Resources
Buy It At Amazon.com
Read an Excerpt of Deepest Waters here
Download a Readers' Group Guide here.

Past Reviews & Interviews with Walsh: 
The Unfinished Gift (Review & Interview)
The Homecoming (Review & Interview) 

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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