Authors Showcase: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes


The Book: Driftwood Tides

The Author: Gina Holmes

The Story: 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.

About Gina Holmes:

Gina Holmes
Gina Holmes

Gina Holmes is the founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket, and the author of award-winning novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, Wings of Glass and Driftwood Tides.

Holmes writes about flawed people living in a flawed world with the help of a perfect God. She’s also a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to three daughters.

She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.

You can find her at: or, on facebook: or twitter:@1GinaHolmes.

Review by Mara Kim: After Holton’s wife, Adele, dies in a freak car accident, he is unable to cope with the pain and guilt. He is a talented driftwood sculpture artist but loves his gin. Drowns in it. One day, Libby, shows up at his door claiming to be Adele’s friend but later admits that she’s her daughter. Libby is expectant of meeting her birth mom only to find out that she’s passed away. All that’s left is her father who is an alcoholic and claims to be responsible for her mother’s death. Libby was given a good life except her adoption mother wasn’t exactly the nurturing type. With mixed emotions, Libby convinces Holton to give her a summer job. Will the truth bring them together or push them apart? And how does his driftwood art come into play?

I enjoyed this book. I was able to feel the color of emotions throughout the book. The feeling of anger portrayed through Holton and his answer of turning to alcohol. The feeling of an expectant high of meeting a birthparent and then seeing that dream shattered in a million shards. I could see, smell, and almost touch the alcohol and how it affects another human being. But the author was able to balance both sides and portray the angst of not only being the alcoholic but being on the other side of the fence trying to help him.

When an author can make you feel those deep-seated emotions, she’s hit the mark. It’s easy to put an unknown person (i.e. birthparents) on a pedestal. But then to actually meet them and find out that they are human with flaws just like you can shake you to your core. And finding out that someone has betrayed you and how to reconcile those feelings. And how does God come into play?

Review by Marian Baay:

At the lowest ebb in his life, driftwood artist Holton Creary is a full blown alcoholic. He started his drinking journey on the day that his wife died in a car crash. Adele was everything to him and he just couldn’t bear the idea that he was the cause of her death—or so he believed. Not having paid his mortgage and bills, and spending all the money he earns on gin, he is in big financial trouble. Foreclosure is around the corner and he is about to lose his property at the beach that Adele and he loved so much.

Shortly before she’s hoping to get married, Libby Slater finds out that her mother is not her biological mother. Suddenly many things seem to make sense to Libby; like why her mother has never been “mother-material”. Her father left when she was only four and now she understands why he could walk away from her so easily—she was not his biological daughter.

Having received the adoption papers from her mother, Libby decides she wants to find her birth mother. She has so many questions to ask. Her quest leads her to Holton’s door step. Their first meeting is not a pleasant one as Holton is completely drunk. In Holton’s house, Libby finds a picture of Adele and she sees the resemblance with herself. Her hope for answers shatters when she learns of her death. Not wanting to tell Holton right away that he is her step-father, she makes up a story that she is looking for an internship and that Adele had promised her the position when she was still alive. Reluctantly, Holton agrees and offers her the position for the summer. Libby hopes to learn more about her mother during the summer months, but she was not prepared for everything she was about to see and learn during her so-called internship.

Fantastic storyline! I was sucked into the lives of Libby and Holton and the people around them, and had a hard time putting the book down. There were smiles and tears in this emotional tale that deals with real issues; like alcoholism, grief and acceptance. At times my heart ached for all that the characters had to endure – but beauty, hope and faith always shone through. Between the lines I learned about the driftwood art—something I had never heard about and I found it very fascinating to ‘see’ Holton create his art. A compelling story that follows the lives of well developed characters with real emotions, this is a recommended read!

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