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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.

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“Helping Holton might not win him over, but at least she could feel good about herself. If she couldn’t have the parents she wanted, she could at least be the daughter she had always wanted to be,” Gina Holmes writes about Libby in her novel, "Driftwood Tides." This two hundred and eighty-eight page paperback targets those who enjoy a romantic contemporary fiction focusing on forgiveness. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or extreme violence, the topic of alcoholism would make it inappropriate for immature readers. This review wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. In this current day tale set in Nags Head, North Carolina, twenty-five year old Elizabeth Slater has recently been told she is adopted. Learning only her mother’s maiden name from her birth certificate, she is on a quest to not only find her mother, she yearns to find the father she never had so he can walk her down the aisle at her upcoming wedding. When she tracks down Holton Creary, a down-on-his-luck driftwood artist, she is informed her birth mother died in an automobile accident five years ago. Wanting to understand all she can about her parents, she convinces the unknowing Holton into hiring her as an intern to help in his studio. Holton has issues of his own. Believing he was responsible for his wife’s death, he finds solace only in a bottle of gin, unable to forgive himself and stop blaming God. As he goes deeper into debt, alcohol gets the majority of his attention. When the wood carver gets to know the spunky Libby who resembles his past wife, he must come to terms that the love of his life kept secrets from him so long ago by giving her child up for adoption. Between drinking binges, he faces his demons as his assistant, Tess, tries arduously to keep him sober. As Libby accepts her heritage by shedding her feelings of constantly being rejected by those around her, she deals with an obsessive, controlling adoptive mother and an insecure but committed fiancé who loves her deeply. Written with believable characters that fail, flounder, and want to find God, Holmes writes a tender but predictable story that God washes away the resentment and anger as He laps redemption and peace upon hurtful souls’ shores. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.