Do you Feel Held Up When Life Goes Wrong? Erin Healy Delivers Allegory for Life in her Novel, Afloat

AfloatI enjoy books by Erin Healy because she mixes the supernatural and spiritual realms into her fiction in an absorbing sort of way….this time, in Afloat, we are drawn in to the wonderment by the brilliant underwater lights first seen by Simeon, the son of Healy’s female protagonist, Danielle.

The tidbits of strange occurrences is the part of the book that kept me engaged from the beginning. As the luxury residential units are floating on the river, with more being constructed, a sinkhole and hurricane-like rains send the residents into upheaval and they begin scrambling to survive.

The cast of characters each has a different personality, and some with hidden agendas, which all begin to unravel and come to light as the storm and mess continues on. I am not a huge fan of disaster and survival-type stories that have to do with the weather (or construction accidents), and due to that some of the early middle dragged for me, but the prospect of what the bright lights under the water were, as well as the encounter that Danielle had, kept me intrigued.

Afloat gives us a message that most of us can appreciate. That in the bad times, we are held up by a firm foundation that we cannot see. That sometimes things are more simple than we see. That sometimes bad things happen in order for good people to become better.  Sometimes even bad people are shown the light. Healy does a good job with her characters and I enjoyed following Danielle’s growth as a person through this trial.

By the middle of the book, after we had a chance to understand the characters and how their thoughts and actions effected each other, the mystery and suspense picked up and the story moved faster for me. I felt this was the meat of the book and that the second half delivered the supernatural vibe, as well as the mystery that I had been waiting for. Her allegory is always strong in her books, and with Afloat, Healy delivers again in giving us a thought-provoking story that is easily applied to our own situations.  It teaches us, through creative story, how faith can help us overcome the most dire of circumstances.

This is a Christian book, from a Christian publisher, so this might not be for all readers.  But if you are a fan of Christian fiction that uses allegory and encouraging, faith based writing, then I highly recommend this book for a unique perspective.  Healy’s use of the supernatural and ethereal eerie elements of life always creates an enjoyable read for me.

Afloat, Synopsis~

 AfloatWho 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.

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Author Erin Healy, Biography~

Erin HealyErin 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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4 responses to “Do you Feel Held Up When Life Goes Wrong? Erin Healy Delivers Allegory for Life in her Novel, Afloat

  1. Great review, thank you! I appreciate the time you took to read my book and comment. Thank you for all you do to support authors like me.


  2. Ian

    Excellent review, Erin.


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