Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: H2O by Austin Boyd and Brannon Hollingsworth

Publisher: Living Ink Books, an imprint of AMG Publishers
Release Date: November 2nd, 2011
Number of Pages: 266
How I got this book: sent to me by author for honest review
My rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Summary:

"H2O is a contemporary crossover women’s novel that tells the story of Kate Pepper, a successful young business woman in Seattle whose life is suddenly—and strangely—turned upside down. Unexplainable visions torment her every time she gets wet. Sinking into despair, frantic to avoid water at any cost, Kate ultimately finds romance and redemption through the advice of simple people who love her for who she is, not what she was.
Kate Pepper has it all . . . a razor-sharp intellect, perfect health, stunning beauty, a wildly successful career, and all the money she can spend. Or rather, she thinks she has it all.
Despite the perfect shell, there’s something dark inside Kate. Terrible visions send her into a deep depression and her world crumbles. All her business savvy and elite connections don’t make a difference; she has lost control.
Who will save her? Xavier, her predatory boyfriend? Or Candice, the Down syndrome waitress at her favorite coffee shop? At the bottom of her dark well, desperate to get out of the water, there’s nowhere to reach but up.
H2O—a fascinating allegorical look at success, sanity and spiritual redemption in a young woman’s relationship with water."

My review:

First, a big thank you to Brannon Hollingsworth who contacted me on Goodreads and offered me a copy of this book in exchange for a review! He also personalized a message and autographed the book which I greatly appreciated!! :)

I am always intrigued by a good "thriller" type plot from the Christian fiction genre. This is a market that is still somewhat sparse, so I'm always on the lookout. This book definitely fit the bill!  Kate is a character that many, many women can relate to - Christian or not. In fact, Kate is not a believer, at all. Her parents were very strong Catholics, but she was raised in such a way that religion has left nothing but a bad taste in her mouth. She is running as far as she can from God. The more "visions" she has, the more people try to tell her that perhaps God is trying to capture her attention. Kate does not want to hear this.

Kate starts looking everywhere she can for answers. She finds help in a new online friend "WRKRJC", who turns out to be a plumber named John Connor (I found it interesting that the initials were the same as for Jesus Christ). Through their online conversations, he gently leads her to look again to where she didn't want to look before. He helps her to remove the scales from her eyes, so to speak.

There were a host of interesting characters in this book that were involved in Kate's life. Xavier, who was her boyfriend and boss in the first part of the book - oooooh, I couldn't stand him. He was slime. But, he was an important stop on her journey, I think. Hiram, the coffee shop owner, and Candice the waitress, who become her friends, and also  help to bring to Kate God's message of love and acceptance. My favorite character in the book is John. After her horrid relationship with Xavier, I just wanted Kate to be in a good, healthy relationship. John was obviously sent by God for her. She blossomed with him and it was because of him that she began to open herself up to the Word of God.

The only reason I did not give this book a full 5 star rating is because it was a bit slow through the first half of the book. It was not boring by any means, but it was just not as quick paced as I had expected. However, the last half of the book, especially once John came into the picture, really made up for it. And the ending was wonderful! The overall message of the book was fabulous and one that I would love to share with everyone!


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