So the weather was perfect. It was a warm September Sunday afternoon and I had nothing to do. So what else is there to do but pick up Gina Holmes’ newest book Driftwood Tides and disappear out to Nag’s Head.
Holton lost his perfect, saintly wife over 5 years ago and he then lost himself in a bottle. Libby finds out she is adopted because of a blood test that comes back. She decides to go hunting for her birth mother and that leads her to Holton’s doorstep. What she find there is a drunk man, mourning the loss of a beloved wife, but also someone with great artistic talent. How can she ever justify telling him who she is, when he doesn’t seem to care about anyone but himself?
No more storyline as there is a lot going on in this book and I don’t want to give that away. Just know that the intertwining threads of this book are fascinating. It is a feel of real life in the ways that so much of what goes on in our lives is affected by or affects others and their reaction to us. When Libby decides to go to Nag’s Head it is not only a decision that she makes for herself, but also her mother and fiancé. Once there, her being there not only affects herself but also her mother’s husband and the people that know and work with him. Everything twines together.
The story moves along at a good pace and really kept me interested all day long. I didn’t even put it down to watch the Tigers clinch the AL title. J I always look forward to Gina’s books because she takes what could be an ordinary story and adds a little twist to it. Because of the twist it usually teaches me something about dealing with a person with an issue brought out in the book. This time it was alcoholism and how it is in every walk of life. For many people and families the disease is part of their everyday lives. Sometimes because of something in their DNA people can’t say no to alcohol and how others can support them though it all.
Even if you don’t have a whole day to just sit and read, make sure you put this book on your to-be-read list.