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The Deepest Waters, A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dan Walsh
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"The Deepest Waters is a story that's been waiting to be told for 150 years. What a blessing that Dan Walsh is the one to tell it. It is inspirational, spiritual, and miraculous--a hopeful message when the world needs it most."--Jason F. Wright, New York Times bestselling author, The Wednesday Letters

For John and Laura Foster, what began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere soon becomes a nightmare. A terrible hurricane strikes and the grand ship is lost in the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself rescued with the other women and children, but how can she feel anything but despondent without her groom? Suspecting her John is gone but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone.

Talented author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story of hope, faith, and love through an intimate lens. Inspired by real events, this emotional and honest story will capture your heart as you sail through its pages.

"A delightful story that took me back to an era when men were gallant and women were virtuous. Dan Walsh fully immersed me in a fascinating world and left me longing for the movie."--James L. Rubart, bestselling author, Rooms and Book of Days

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift and The Homecoming. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

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Walsh, a pastor turned full-time writer, surprises with a swashbuckling tale of a sunken pre–Civil War era steamship and its cargo of gold—and a newlywed couple who must make a harrowing decision. When a steamship heads directly into a hurricane on the Atlantic coast, John and Laura Foster must choose to stay together or be separated when women and children are evacuated to another ship. What makes the story more than romantic fluff is its basis in a true event, the sinking of the SS Central America and its payload of gold, and a dramatic subplot of Micah, a slave who longs to be free along with his family. Some flashbacks that provide backstory are awkwardly obvious, and characters seem to be more obsessed with sunsets than one might expect desperate survivors to be, but the story has penetrating moments. With this novel Walsh establishes himself as a Christian historical fiction writer who crafts credible character-driven stories. (Apr.)
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"I stayed up all night to finish The Deepest Waters, something I haven't done in years. It has everything: action, romance, characters I hated and loved, unexpected twists. A wonderful read."
--Athol Dickson, Christy award winning author

"The Deepest Waters is a story that's been waiting to be told 150 years. It's inspirational, spiritual, and miraculous--a hopeful message when the world needs it most." --Jason Wright, NY Times bestselling author, The Wednesday Letters

"A delightful story that took me back to an era when men were gallant and women were virtuous. Dan Walsh fully immersed me in a fascinating world, left me longing for the movie." --James Rubart, bestselling author of Rooms & Book of Days

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800719808
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSW0S0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
UPDATE: This book is a 2012 ACFW CAROL AWARDS FINALIST. It is a true MUST READ.

Historical 1857 fiction, a stretched documentary. A tale based on real events that provides ample adventure, suspense, and "to be suren, me matie, you'l no be puttin' this book aside till'in the last page is read." Not only is it packed with shipwreck turmoil and strife, but the sad separation of newlyweds aboard the ill-fated steamer "S.S. Vandervere". Passengers John and Laura Foster are destined for NYC where his family lives. Hurricane!

Aboard the "Cutlass" (the ship that came to assist but only able to carry the 103 women and children) Laura must begin to face the reality that her husband and 400 other men aboard the stricken ship would sink and die in the waters off the Carolinas. A slave, Micah, is aboard the rescue ship. Through harrowing incidences they become friends. While this ship struggles toward the NYC port, it runs low on food. Meanwhile, the few survivors left from the steamer float aimlessly on ship wreckage pieces awaiting their fate. Several characters in separate ocean locations call upon God, each in their own way, asking "Why?" or "How?" or for help, many in futility.

Other ships on the Atlantic begin to play a role in this disaster that actually took place in THE DEEPEST WATERS now holding the living and the dead. "Goodspeed" and "Angeline" have their own miraculous encounters with survivors of the 1857 shipwreck that sent tons of gold, as well as hundred's of lives, to the bottom of the ocean.

Hurricane action, open sea adventure, starvation, unquenchable thirst, and more suspense is woven into this voyage of human suffering that includes love, relationships, loss, & grief. Some do find joy and miracles in some of the most unlikely of places.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story September 13, 2011
Brilliant, outstanding writing of a touching and sensitive story.

When I first opened the book I had reservations. I wondered if reading a saga about a shipwreck written by a man would really appeal to me. I couldn't imagine this "man's book" would draw me in. However, it captivated me. Not only is it so well crafted I became part of the story. I felt as if I were one of the women on the rescue ship.

Walsh is a gifted storyteller creating multiple layers that connect characters and circumstances. His characters are life-like and believable, real people with whom the reader connects. Laura Foster is a brave woman who endures almost unbelievable circumstances, yet reaches out to other women despite believing her own husband has been lost at sea. Still, she endures. She is the ultimate heroine ~ a strong woman to admire and emulate, regardless of the readers' faith.

This is a perfect book to include in your library, yours or your community one. Although set in the 1800s, its message is relevant for all time. Snuggle down and enjoy a great read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of hope August 8, 2011
This lovely novel is inspired by a true event, the sinking of the SS Central America off the North Carolina coast in 1857. The historical facts are heartbreaking, and author Dan Walsh doesn't shy away from the sadness, hardship, and loss of life. But he also writes about the hope and miraculous rescues involved in such a way that the reader is captivated and emotionally invested in the story's outcome. We experience the parallel journeys of John and Laura Foster, the newlyweds who are separated when the women and children are the only ones rescued before the ship sinks. We watch the best and worst in people emerge when valor is tested. And we experience what can only be the loving hand of God in bringing about circumstances that are all the more fascinating for having actually happened in real life. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope, Faith & the greatest Love March 27, 2011
When I read the review by Romantic Times, I thought...hum, I need to read that! I was not disappointed. The story is full of ups and downs, hanging on by your fingernails and a quality of respect that is refreshing to read. The characters were likable, believable and interesting. I love the smattering of historical relevance.
This is a great story. Thank you Dan did write a wonderful love story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christian Fiction! April 9, 2011
The Deepest Waters may not be unpredictable, it may not be prolific fiction but it is most definitely entertaining and uplifting! As I was reading I couldn't help but compare it to one of my favorite movies, The Titanic and I kept thinking to myself, "This is like a version of that story that Christians will love!" I know, I know the ship sinking in this book is not the Titanic but my experience with shipwrecks is limited and on the occasion when I do read a story centered around a boat I tend to compare it to that ill-fated oceanliner.

That said this story's central characters, John and Laura Foster each have their own dilemmas that are sure to inspire. John is stuck at sea with two fellow passengers with virtually no hope of a rescue and Laura is stuck wondering what she will do now that her new husband has been left for dead. Each must look deep inside to keep the faith that led them to each other alive. Like I said it was a liiiiittle predictable but it wasn't an overly drawn out story so I didn't mind much. It was short and to the point and yet still pulled at the ol' heartstrings. I could not imagine pretty much watching someone close to me die right before my eyes or worse yet not know for sure what their fate was. If you don't shed a tear or two...

Don't get me wrong this story is not all tears and grief. The little dog Crabby is one of the best four-legged critters I ever met and provided a bit of comic relief. Lassie, you best make room 'cause Crabby isn't taking any nonsense! I recommend The Deepest Waters for anyone male or female, young or old who enjoys a good, clean story. I enjoyed Mr. Walsh's book and look forward to the next one, Unwrapping Christmas this Fall.

*I received my complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this book, it is exceptional!
I was not expecting a lot from this book, but was happily surprised. Inspired by a true story, the author pens a story rich with real characters and blends faith and hope into a... Read more
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Good story, very enjoyable to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was not the best work of this author
This was not the best work of this author, but I did enjoy the book and I did think the book was worth reading. This author is "hit or miss" with me. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Brenda Klaassen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and compelling
As I read Walsh's novel, I was gripped with the same comparisons that Laura frequently made. My worst days are better than the best days many people of the world have known. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion of this book.
I loved this book from beginning to end. It was well written and kept my interest through out the whole writing. It was intertwining and heart warming. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lyla
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dan's way of writing
Love Dan's way of writing. Makes you think of things in your own life and how you should looks at things and then act on them.
Very good book.
Published 21 days ago by Sandy Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this story and was happy to find it was based on actual historical happenings.
Published 24 days ago by waggju
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read
A lovely book to read. A moving story of how God works in our lives and his amazing grace. A clean Christian novel
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a truly wonderful book.
From beginning to end, it's a truly wonderful book.
Published 26 days ago by Jane Keagy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving story of a real event
I love historical fiction especially where many of the events are true. I read it quickly and enjoyed every easy read and highly recommended... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mary E Worthington
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 14 novels and 1 nonfiction devotional, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and The Discovery. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards, 3 Selah Awards, and 3 times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven't read Dan's books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. Although more recently, Dan has also started to pen suspense novels (like, What Follows After and When Night Comes). Dan has been writing fulltime since 2010. He and his wife Cindi have been married 38 years and have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren. They live in the Daytona Beach area, where Dan grew up. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, read his blog, or preview all his books by visiting his website at

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