Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Review : Afloat

Dark waters are rising. Who will stay . . .



Oh my.  I have loved Ted Dekker for ever – love every book he has written.  One of the things I love about Dekker is that he works with authors and co-writes a few books too.  Erin Healy is an author he has co-authored a few books with, so her name is not new to me.  I also was honored to review The Baker’s Wife in the past.

This time, I loved reading Afloat by Ms. Healy.  I love how Ms. Healy brings spiritual ideas into the real world and merges the two.  Each of the characters is facing some facet of their past, except for young Simeon.  In the story there are a group of people cut off from the rest of the world by a deluge of water.  There are rumblings and they are not sure if there earthquakes, bombs, or something else.  The rumblings, torrential water, and weird light patterns are all a concern for each of the survivors.


Simeon is the son of Danielle, one of the residents of these floating condominiums, and when he falls into the water he thinks he sees something.  Couple that with a bizarre visit from a stranger who gives unsolicited advice that does not make sense.  And Danielle is really left wondering who she is, who she trusts, and what she believes in.  Simeon is a darling in this story, and you fall in love with him and his innocence and trust. 

There were many aspects of this story that I loved.  It is a fast paced story that will keep you wondering how it all connects, and it does!  I loved the idea of the floating homes that Vance designed.  I especially identified with Vance, and really felt for a man who had already faced so much in life.  But seeing who he is, and what he stands for encouraged me.

Zeke is another hero in the story and he should inspire each of us to get up and DO.  He did.  Zeke is a blind man who refuses to let it slow him down.  He loves the Lord and he lives a life that demonstrates that.

I really enjoyed this story, I connected with the characters, and I continued to wonder just what would happen next.  A definite story of good vs evil, but maybe not as obvious as some stories.   I highly recommend this book.

{As far as being safe for a younger audience, say 12 or so, there are references to a couple sleeping together outside of marriage.  It was not descriptive, and clearly shown as a bad choice by the better of the two characters.  I would say 12 or 13 and up would be fine reading this – it would certainly offer lots to talk about!}


About the Author:

The Irish girl in me is fascinated by the coerin picncept of thin places, a Celtic name for locations in the world where the veil between physical and spiritual realities is so delicate that a person can see through it. For me, thin places are revelations about what it means to be a spiritual creation in a physical world. I write supernatural suspense novels from a Christian worldview, with eyes open to God’s mysterious side. Read with me into the thin places where God’s world intersects ours, and changes it forever.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Afloat by Erin Healy, by Litfuce Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Janelle, this is a great review. I trust your readers will find it helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book. Blessings to you.



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