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Posted May 12, 2011
Gripping story of love and faith in the storm
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh is a surprising story of love that cannot be destroyed by distance or death. John and Laura Foster embarked on their honeymoon on the SS Vandervere with all the hopes and dreams any newly married couple shares, but their trip became a nightmare when the ship was caught in a storm and began to sink. The women aboard were ferried to another ship, but the men were left behind to go down with the ship and pray for a miracle. The story follows Laura as she travels to meet her in-laws, who are unaware of her existence, believing that the love of her life is dead, and John in his fight to stay alive and return to his soulmate. Aboard the rescue ship, Laura meets the slave Micah and they quickly bond over their shared faith. Walsh truly brings to life the terrors of surviving day after day adrift at sea as well as the devastating grief of a love lost before it had a chance to grow. The story is compelling and readers who qualm at the coincidences therein should know that much of it is based on a true story. Walsh excels at telling stories about people of faith and how it affects the world around them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2011
A GREAT READ FULL OF EMOTIONAL TURMOIL,SURVIVAL AND LOVE! THE DEEPEST WATERS BY DAN WALSH!!
THE DEEPEST WATERS by Dan Walsh is an exciting historical romance set in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere off the coast of the Atlantic. It has in intriguing plot: survival at sea,a sea rescue.lost loves,faith,love.and coming to terms with the possibility you may have lost your one true love.This story is told from both the hero and the heroine.As they both try to survive not only the harsh sea,both the loneliness,while separated by the rescue of the women and children of the SS Vandervere another ship.The are men left behind,hoping to be rescued by another ship or make it to shore.This is an intense story at moments.The characters will capture your heart.The hero,John,is determined to survive,faces the unknown with an open heart,faith in his God and has saved several of the men from drowning.He is a very unselfish person.The heroine,Laura,facing the unknown possible alone,carries on,helps the other women on board the new ship,befriends a slave and his dog.It is about miracles not only on sea but also on land. It is a spiritual and inspirational message that show that God is still in charge of our lives.This story is based on some actual facts such as the sinking of a paddle-wheel steamship off the coast of North Carolina,the rescue of the women and children by an old sailing ship,the rescue ship running out of food,the captain of a second giving the rescue enough food for them to get to New York, and last but not least the most amazing of all was a bird flying out of know where,hitting the head of the captain causing him to change course,finding and rescuing fifty-three men adrift at sea for days.This is a must read not only for any and all Christians but for any and all historical romance readers.It is fast paced and a page turner.I actually read it in a few hours. I have read all his books and each and everyone are great from the first page to the last page.This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2011
Shipwrecks do not make happy honeymoons
The Deepest WatersWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By Dan Walsh
Ship wrecks, dysfunctional families, theft, and slavery come together in Dan Walsh's third novel, The Deepest Waters. The story takes place over the course of four days in 1857. A couple on their honeymoon travel by sea from San Francisco to New York City to meet his family and encounter tragedy. Walsh bases his book on a true event. A paddlewheel steamship went down off the eastern US coast, and some of the reported human interest stories, such as a bride packing along her wedding gifts, add poignancy to this work of fiction.
The reality of being adrift both on land on sea was well-described; the characters each drawn lovingly. The California Gold Rush is downplayed to the point that Walsh doesn't reveal the reason a single woman, Laura, apparently doing nothing, was far from her family home until well into the novel, or the business John had been engaged in until nearly the end. Walsh succeeds in portraying a devastating shipwreck and strong characters who survive because of their hope and faith, not necessarily that the other lives through the ordeal, but that no matter what happens, God will take care of them.
How to tell this story, to keep up the drama of the sinking ship, the angst of parting so soon as the wedding, rescue, being set adrift at sea, family issues, multiple cases of shipboard dynamics, even the undercurrents of slavery, is a challenge. The beginning of John and Laura's relationship might have been considered too slow but I would have preferred that to the flashbacks and constant interruption in place and time and narrator. There is a lot of activity going on from at least three scenarios during the same time period over four days, which may appeal to some readers but I like to read quickly, so I had to backtrack several times.
Although there is plenty of excitement, there are also many convenient happy coincidences. The cover is beautiful; the book easily readable for distracted moms and business people who snatch moments for a good story at lunch and toddler naptimes. However, Walsh's style and description is engaging and maturing, and that's what we reader fans like to see in authors we follow.
Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted March 26, 2011
Dan Walsh is a superb storyteller
A bit different from his first two books, you will still find that the writing of Dan Walsh will pull you in and keep you interested. The mark of a good storyteller is that ability to keep your interest, and most pastor's have that gift, and Dan Walsh does not disappoint with his storytelling abilities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Set in 1857, we find the young couple John and Laura Foster aboard the USS Vandervere headed to New York City, when a hurricane blows up on the ocean. Agreeing they will sink together, they find that the rescuer from the small ship the Cutlass, has other plans, first all the women and children are rescued, and then they will begin rescuing the men, by lottery. However darkness falls and that doesn't happen and Laura is sure that her short lived marriage is now ended with her husband's death.
Many miraculous things however are fixing to happen, including a ship coming along side the Cutlass to offer them supplies when they run completely out of food. Even more miraculous is the fact that fifty three men afloat on wreckage from the Vandervere are rescued, and John Foster is one of those men. Reunited newlyweds and a happy-ever-after ending makes this book a beautiful story.
I particularly loved the blurb at the end of the book from the author about how he based this story upon a real story, that he had seen on a documentary on television. Again the sign of a great storyteller, taking a story he saw on tv and turning it into a beautiful love story. I truly enjoyed this book, and look forward with great interest to the next book from Dan Walsh, Unwrapping Christmas, due out fall 2011. 297 pages $14.99 US 4 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes only no payment was received for this review.
Available April 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.