Friday, June 14, 2013

Afloat by Erin Healy - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Who will you trust when dark waters rise?
Eagle’s Talon is an architectural marvel—shining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete, partially occupied, and ready to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors, and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world.
They’re bitterly divided over what to do next.
Architect Vance Nolan insists they should sit tight and wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single mom Danielle Clement, desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, struggles to hold their motley band together.
Power failure, a pall of unnatural daytime darkness, explosions in the distance, then a murder ratchet tensions to a boiling point. But Danielle’s young son, Simeon, has spotted something strange underwater—beautiful, shifting lights in the dark water below.
In this watery world where everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive.
Another stunning exploration of the human spirit and supernatural possibilities from best-selling author Erin Healy.
My Thoughts:
“Loving any human being always involves a little bit of dying.”  (p. 320)

Erin Healy has constructed  a unique reading experience in her latest novel, afloat. Prepare your heart and mind for the wildest ride imaginable, because that’s exactly the journey you are about to take!  The elements of suspense abound in this novel, and the good guys and bad guys seem pretty clearly defined at first.  Once the sinkhole opens up, it is as if the entire world sort of comes apart at the seams. Then the line between good guys and bad guys blurs and you can’t be sure who to trust!

Quite honestly, I felt a bit sorry for Danielle and Simeon from the beginning, because they reacted to tragedy in a pretty common way – they moved toward what they perceived to be safety.  Like the floating home she inhabits, Danielle’s life if buoyed by a hope that can be both comforting and deadly. She is never certain where to find the stability she longs for.

Vance is one of the most realistic and gritty characters in the story.  He battles back the darkness in his soul with a faith that is both strong and pretty stalwart.  He doesn’t pretend to be a super guy, but he moves through life with a humbleness and strength that makes his character both memorable and remarkable.  His faith has come through fiery trials – but nothing like what he must face in this novel!!  The spiritual truths contained in this novel are amazing and presented in breathtaking reality!

Survival becomes questionable for our main characters about half-way through the novel.  From that point forward, every single page is filled with episodes that will have you hanging on for dear life – right alongside the characters you’ve come to love.  How will it end?  You must begin your journey into Erin Healy’s world today! Place yourself afloat on a grand adventure!!

Purchase your copy HERE!
About the Author:
Erin Healy is the best-selling co-author of "Burn" and "Kiss" (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for numerous best-selling authors. She has received wide acclaim for her novels "Never Let You Go", "The Baker's Wife", "House of Mercy", and "Afloat". She and her family live in Colorado. Erin can be contacted through her website or through Facebook at erinhealybooks.

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