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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Revell blog tour stop for The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh - with bonus review!


Dan Walsh Returns With A Story of Love That Defies the Odds
“I’ve written you a note, inside the pouch,” John yelled. “Don’t read it…unless you hear word that I - that I did not…” Tears poured down his cheeks. He looked away. “John!” she screamed. “I must go back…”


Deepest Waters, The: A Novel



Award-wining author Dan Walsh brings a powerful love story reminiscent of the Titanic to readers. The Deepest Waters (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1980-7, April 2011, $14.99) is a masterpiece of historical fiction set in 1857 when newlyweds John and Laura Foster set sail on the SS Vandervere for their honeymoon. Soon, their fairytale becomes a nightmare when a hurricane causes the ship to sink into the depths of the Atlantic. John and Laura are separated not knowing if they will ever see each other again.

Walsh was inspired to write The Deepest Waters by the true story of the sinking of a paddle-wheel steamship laden with gold from San Francisco, California. The SS Central America, bound for New York City ran into a hurricane which sealed her fate around September 11, 1857.

Walsh takes readers on a journey through troubled waters as they discover the treasure hidden in The Deepest Waters, a story full of action and suspense. Through the Fosters, Walsh creates an amazing love story about what happens when miracles do come true.

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, and The Homecoming. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan 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.

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.



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.



My review:


For people who love a historical romance set around the sinking of a ship, this book is for them. I have always been a sucker for a Titanic type love story, so this book was right up my alley. The fact that it is loosely based on an actual situation just makes it ten times more intriguing for me I loved the writing style, the tone of the story, the setting. I loved all of it. The spiritual thread was well done, too. I loved Micah's character and Crabby the dog. Very nice secondary characters. I really empathized with both John and Laura. The memories John and Laura had for each other were emotionally moving. I wanted to see a happily ever after for them.

The cover refers to this story as a Nick Sparks type romance. That's what this novel reminds me of, too. Only there was more hope in this story and less tragedy for the main couple. There was also a strong faith piece to the book. I loved how heroic John was in helping others. He was a perfect example of true Christian character in a man. I even loved the part where the guys floating in the sea had to make some decisions. Do they share or not? Who do they help and how much do they leave to God? And the fact that they were so worn out that faith mattered to the two men who didn't care prior to the shipwreck was so like real life.  This book is making my favorites list!

The Deepest Waters was published by Revell and released in April 2011. Thank you, Revell, for providing me with a review copy of this book for the tour. The opinion expressed about this book is completely my own. I was not compensated in any way for my review of this book.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

This sounds like such a heart-wrenching (but beautiful) story. Tragedies that rob a young couple of the joy of honeymooning and relishing in a new union -- well, they break my heart into pieces. But I suppose such tragedies can also fortify the marriage with unbreakable grit!

Also, I love the title for this book!

Kevin Ott
www.kevinott.net

pol said...

I like to read this author and this time period, this young couple's story sounds like a great one and I am sure I will be looking for it. This one sounds like one to make the tears flow and love a story that makes me feel intensely, Thanks Dan.

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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