This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Driftwood Tides
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)
Gina Holmes

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.

Learn more about Gina and her books on her Website.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.



Driftwood Tides is an emotionally charged story of a young woman who has always felt out of place but wasn’t sure why. A startling revelation during a pre-wedding blood test, sends Libby on a quest to find out who she really is. What Libby finds is not always pretty, but new bonds are formed that will last forever and she finds an inner peace and strength she didn’t know she had.

Although Driftwood Tides is not exactly filled with action or romance, its plot dragged me right into it. I enjoyed reading Libby’s journey of self-discovery and found myself quite involved in it. The characters are fully human and believable. Holton’s dependence upon alcohol was so sad but his determination to overcome was admirable.

Ultimately Driftwood Tides is a story about relationships, both old and new and how distance can sometimes open a person’s eyes to the love that was always there but somehow misunderstood. I liked the way the story played out with mended relationships between Libby and her mother as well as how Libby’s fiance supported her during her time away as she sought answers. And . . . the surprise ending was just perfect!