Barely Above Water

Barely Above Water

by Gail Pallotta


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An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can't diagnose the malady.

Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She's determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners.

Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie's trust?

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ISBN-13: 9781532727009
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2016
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.58(d)

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Barely Above Water 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CK119 More than 1 year ago
Barely Above Water by Gail Palette is a very touching story of dealing with an undiagnosed chronic illness and reaching out to help others through that struggle. Suzie has an illness that none of the doctors can diagnose or treat. She goes from champion swimmer to barely being able to walk some days. Her boyfriend, Carson, breaks up with her when he cannot deal with her symptoms and suggests she must be on drugs or something. She finally quits her job as a newspaper editor and moves to Destin Florida to try to get help from alternative medicine doctor and chiropractor, Dr. Granger. She is able to land a position as a swimming coach for the local county’s new swim team which is made up of children from parents working in the service industry. She quickly learns that some of her team members can’t swim adding to the challenge of uniting a team while dealing with overwhelming fatigue and pain. Her boss, Matt, assists with the team as much as possible. They also go out to eat and walk on the beach but she is afraid to tell him about her illness for fear she will lose her income and her friend. Matt introduces her to Commie who is able to give her some freelance writing work to supplement her income. Will she ever be able to trust and tell Matt about her illness? Will Dr. Granger’s treatments work or are they just quackery? I did enjoy this story though at first I wasn’t sure I would. It was difficult to read of the terrible symptoms Suzie was having and no doctor willing to help her. Her struggle really pulled at my heart. I was angry at Carson for being such a jerk but it was good she was rid of him. Matt struggles with his own personal issues that he must confront when he finds he might be falling for his new employee. The focus of the story quickly becomes building the swim team and not completely Suzie’s illness. There are a couple places in the book where sentences are mixed up and don’t make sense but overall the writing is good. The ending seemed a bit abrupt to me and I was left wondering what one character’s issue about working with the children was. For those reasons I give this book a 4 of 5 stars.
Jgrace2u More than 1 year ago
Barely above Water by Gail Palllotta, is a refreshing story of a young woman who faces illness and the judgement from others that often follows sickness. As Susie struggles to find answers for her illness, she also finds strength in God. Susie’s illness takes her from her home to a new city and a change in career. As the doctor find answers and helps her live a more fulfilled life with Lyme’s disease Susie begins to get her life back on the right track. But caring for a man causes the same problems as before, and she may have to let go of a chance to love forever. This is a wonderful read. Along with the engaging story the book is full of useful information and facts you may not know about Lyme disease. You won’t regret picking this one up and reading it. Awesome story!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta has a powerful and heart wrenching message that we all need to hear. Suzie has something wrong with her, but no one seems to know what. Without a diagnosis, she is perceived, by some, to be lazy and complaining. No medical doctor has been able to help, so Suzie takes a giant leap of faith and trusts God to lead her. She moves to Florida to see an alternative medicine doctor that once helped her mother's friend. With no job, she relies on God and her savings while she looks for work. She ends up taking a summer-only job coaching a make-shift swim team with inexperienced swimmers. Although temporary, it will keep her going through the summer while she looks for other opportunities to support herself and pay for her treatments. Suzie meets Matt, the Park and Recreation Director and her new boss. When more than a work relationship begins to develop, Suzie feels she must tell Matt about her illness. Will he stand by her or walk away? Is telling him a risk that Suzie is willing to take? Gail Pallotta introduces us to a world with options when it comes to taking care of our bodies. She speaks with authority on the subject because she understands it first hand. Gail Pallotta's characters are real and convincing because they come from a place of understanding. Gail's love story is fragile and tender, but with an inner strength that comes from trust and faith in God. Gail Pallotta's story is inspiring and resonates with hope when all hope seems to be gone. A lovely story with well defined and well developed characters, and a story line with factual information that will help, or at least educate, readers.
Danele More than 1 year ago
This book puts a face on chronic illness! I really enjoyed this story. I cheered for the main character as she struggled to regain her health. I also cheered for the ragtag swimming team that she was coaching. This book kept me enthralled, and I found myself wishing that it wouldn’t come to an end. Chronic illness can be very difficult for people to understand, and the author did an excellent job of describing the toll that it takes on its victims and on their loved ones. Chronic illness not only hurts people physically but also mentally and emotionally. I thought this was a truly excellent book. It is a story that I would recommend.
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
This well-crafted novel is layered with several interesting facets. The story of the local swim team, Susie and Matt’s evolving love story, and the deviation of Lyme disease. Not only is it an interesting concept, there is a great deal of information in this novel of which the general audience is not aware. Susie’s health issues have taken over every aspect of her life, and she’s willing to give up a lucrative career to find a cure. The alternative route she takes requires faith, enduring emotional pain, and seemingly giving up on everything to find an answer. Well done.
Linda_Weaver_Clarke More than 1 year ago
I learned so much as I read this book. Suzie's relationship with Matt is adorable. Not only did I enjoy a sweet love story, but I learned about a mysterious illness that I had never heard of before. All the symptoms of the young woman made me want to read on to find out what she had. What could this illness be? Another tidbit about this story is that the author knows firsthand about this illness so she was able to describe it perfectly. That was not all that I learned. I found out how hard young children have to work to be in a swim meet. The children are adorable as they interact with both Suzie and Matt. Loved the story and very well written!