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What began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 for John and Laura Foster aboard the steamship SS Vandervere becomes a nightmare when a hurricane causes their ship to sink into the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself with the other women and children aboard a sailing ship while John and a hundred other men drift on the open sea on anything they could grab as theWhat began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 for John and Laura Foster aboard the steamship SS Vandervere becomes a nightmare when a hurricane causes their ship to sink into the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself with the other women and children aboard a sailing ship while John and a hundred other men drift on the open sea on anything they could grab as the Vandervere went down. Suspecting her John is gone but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone--and meeting her new in-laws without their son if she ever reaches New York. Readers will be holding their breath as they sail through this emotional and honest story of hope, faith, and love in the face of uncertainty. Talented author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story through an intimate focus on two lost lovers. Inspired by real events, this moving novel will capture the hearts of all who dive into its pages....

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The Deepest Waters Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-04-01 12:26

    Two and a half stars (rounding up). This historical fiction, loosely based on a true story, was written in a style that was just too simple and straightforward for me, at a time when I was hoping for something more complex and layered. The love story is very tame: the couple is already married but spends most of the book apart from each other, due to the shipwreck. The women and children were rescued very quickly, but there weren't enough lifeboats and the men were, with very few exceptions, left to fend for themselves in the ocean.Another beef: most of the tension in the plot gets resolved a little too quickly and easily.(view spoiler)[Her gold is going to get stolen! . . . okay, they caught the thief (with her help!) before he could get away. His family's going to hate his wife! . . . nevermind, they're willing to accept her and take her in right away. And so on. (hide spoiler)]This is "inspirational fiction," which may be either a plus or a minus for you.

  • Trinity Rose
    2019-04-01 11:14

    The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh is a book you will love to read and reread. This book was inspired by a true story and I found it fascinating. I really like books written around a true story. There’s something about truth and fiction together that really makes great reading. I like the tenderness, compassion and love of God the two main characters have. Each chapter is full of action, suspense and tender feelings. The Deepest Waters is not only one story, but several in one book. This is the third book Dan Walsh has written and in my opinion it is his best yet. The Deepest Waters is about a shipwreck in the 1800’s with chaos and trouble, and also the heartbreaking parting of newlyweds (John and Laura.) The ship went down because of a hurricane, where only one hundred three women and children were rescued. Four hundred of the men had to remain on the injured ship On the Cutlass where the women and children were rescued a slave, Micah, befriended Laura. In this story you will see miracle after miracle. What makes this even more intriguing is that John never told his family he was married or bringing his wife back and John never got along with them. So Laura has to face this all alone, but she has God and isn’t alone. Another thing I really liked is the note from the author that told of all of the true things that did happen and it was amazing. So yes, I highly recommend this book and will keep it for my private collection. I really love such a tender, tear jerking story. Very sweet read.I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

  • Kristina
    2019-04-05 12:35

    After reading The Homecoming I was excited to see that Dan Walsh had published another book. When I saw that it was a sea-faring adventure I must admit I was a bit apprehensive. While I enjoy new plots, characters, and settings, I didn't want to read a book that was so inundated with plot-specific jargon that I didn't understand half of what was going on; I needn't have worried, though. Deepest Waters has a five star plot and an amazing setting. John and Laura Foster are on their honeymoon when they are shipwrecked. Choosing to send the women and children along first, the men are left to fend for themselves amidst a hurricane. The women and children are picked up by a different ship and continue to make their way towards their original destination of New York City. The women and children struggle with mourning their dead husbands while trying to plan what to do when they arrive at their port. Add in some treachery, a thief, a few twists and turns, and don't leave out a couple of miracles and you have one of the best fiction books I have read in a very long time!Dan Walsh has outdone himself with this book. It is a breath of fresh air that is sure to leave any fiction guru eager for more of Walsh's writing. Based on historic events Deepest Waters weaves believable characters with a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story couldn't get any does! I give this book five stars and recommend it to anyone! Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.A copy of Deepest Waters was provided for review purposes by Revell. I was not compensated for this review in any other way and the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

  • Carol S.
    2019-04-22 06:17

    I like his style of writing and also like the fact that this novel was inspired by a documentary about the SS Central America, a paddle-wheel steamship that sank off of North Carolina in Sept. 1857. Most of his characters are fictitious and most of his plot points as well. But, many of the incidents did really happen. He researched a number of books about the shipwreck and then began his novel. It is written from a Christian perspective as are his other novels as he was a pastor for 25 years.Very enjoyable reading!

  • Katie
    2019-04-14 09:13

    The Deepest Waters was a powerful, poignant story of two people—newlyweds on their honeymoon—who experience a life and death situation. Their ship is sinking. How awful is that to experience mere days after you have just been married? Be prepared for an interesting adventure with these two wonderful characters. Dan doesn’t ease us into the story—he dumps us into the scene shortly after Laura and all the women on the ship have been rescued by another ship passing by. As Laura morns the separation, the tension builds as we switch to the husband, John, who is with the other men trying to last on the ship till the last second. How awful it must be to know that the ship is about to sink and you are many, many miles away from shore.John and Laura were both strong characters that really made the story. Laura’s actions on the ship and John’s bravery while floating in the middle of the ocean were commendable. What a valiant hero John was! He completely grabbed my attention as he, time and again, helped someone else before himself. The friendship between Laura and Micah was special and I enjoyed watching them connect on the Cutlass.The small miracles that happened along the way proved God’s providence was with them the whole time. Since the book began in the middle of a storm right after John and Laura have been separated, they weren’t every together and I thought it would be hard to learn about the two of them together this way. But Dan weaves in several scenes of flashbacks, taking either John or Laura back to when they were courting in San Francisco. I enjoyed these scenes and really got to connect with the characters.The writing was really engaging. Different than what I usually enjoy, I still was pulled into the story and was curious and anxious to see how it ended. Dan seemed to lean towards short chapters and frequently changing scenes, which I really liked. Since it was easy to find a stopping point, I found myself picking up the book more frequently and reading longer, as it was so easy to say “Just one more scene!”Dan has crafted together a very powerful read that will draw the reader into the story easily. This is the first book I have read by Dan, but I will be sure to look for his name in the future. The Deepest Waters isn’t a thick book, and with the short chapters and scenes, it’s a very easy read.

  • Donna Hausler
    2019-04-12 11:17

    The Deepest Waters is a wonderful story, inspired by an actual shipwreck that occurred in 1857 off the coast of North Carolina. Dan Walsh has taken the factual framework from a real-life tragic event and created a compelling and ultimately heart-warming tale. When newlyweds John and Laura Foster are separated on their honeymoon voyage, their hopes and dreams for a long life together are shattered. But that is where the real story begins… hopes of rescue are tempered by the hardships of facing the future alone. Vivid supporting characters are introduced along the way, and multiple storylines keep the pages turning quickly.For me, this book had the feel of an old Hollywood movie – and I mean that as a great compliment. I can envision this story up on a big screen. The men are (mostly) gallant, the scoundrels are deplorable and the women are feminine but possess inner strength. The shipwreck and its fallout provided much of the drama that unfolded, but the author also did a fantastic job of describing the emotions and inner thoughts of the characters. The message of faith and hope and discovering what-really-matters-in-life came through without sounding preachy or overdone. And there were enough surprises to keep me smiling between the tears and tissues.

  • Jana
    2019-04-19 12:19

    It was pretty good. The plot was exciting and kept moving, and there were some good characters. But the romance aspect felt pretty flat to me, and the bad guy parts were really cheesy, like a soap opera character swearing to get revenge (dun dun dun!). I felt like it could have been so much better--tons of potential, but the writing, especially when talking about how people felt, was a lot of telling rather than showing. (Make me feel what they feel, don't just come right out and say that they're so in love or that they're sad!)

  • Leslie Miner
    2019-04-05 12:35

    This is the third book I have read by this author, and I have loved them all. This may be my favorite so far. I like Dan Walsh's writing style. He uses different points of view, including secondary characters, and pulls them all together beautifully at the end. There's a good message in his stories, and he always shows how God is working in amazing ways. Make sure you read the author's notes at the end. I knew this book was based on a true event, but I didn't realize the part that shows God at work was true as well. I assumed that was fiction.

  • Kim Murr
    2019-03-26 13:21

    SplendidIt's almost unbelievable, hence my rating of four stars. Still, tuck it away, because I believe this story will remain. Vividly written, with moments of tears and others of shear delight, not to mention a good dose or two of fright. Memorable characters, both good and evil. Crabby the dog may well be my favorite.

  • Chris Unwin
    2019-03-31 05:30

    Tender StoryThis is another wonderful book by Dan Walsh. The fact that it is inspired by true events makes it even better. There are some storylines that make you think "nah that's unbelievable" only to find out that really did happen. Great book! Read it you won't be disappointed.

  • T
    2019-03-22 12:30

    One of the parts of the book which I found to be rather unbelievable was in truth fact. In reading the after thoughts of the author, it seems he had read it as an actual happening in this historical ship wreck.

  • Jann Martin
    2019-03-26 08:40

    I loved reading this. The story was captivating and was hard to put down.

  • Christy Olesen
    2019-04-07 10:27

    This book has everything I love in a good story. Adventure, romance, plot twists, and a HEA. Love it.

  • Kathy Mizell
    2019-04-19 07:35

    God saw us throughDan Walsh has another best seller. Laura and John Foster was in the dream honeymoon on a beautiful ship that would take them from San Francisco to New York. Everything was beautiful, sunsets like they had never seen before, waters calm, and food good. The weather has been beautiful, but all of a sudden the weather changed because of a hurricane. You must read to see if Laura and/or John made it, who was there to help them, how God provided the help needed. I could not put the book down, I lived in this book with Laura and John. Thank you for another one Dan Walsh.

  • Gayle Vegter
    2019-04-08 10:35

    What surprised me about this "full of coincidence" book was the pets of the story that were actually true. He was inspired by the story of a steamship wreck and used a few facts as the bare bones of his story. It was full of crazy coincidence, but the author made it believable. It was a quick enjoyable read and I was inspired by the joy of the Lord that one of the main characters, a slave, lived in every moment.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-24 05:28

    When I read, I usually read a few books at a time, going back and fourth from book to book. But this book was read straight through. I loved reading the story of this young married couple separated at sea. I kept reading to see how the couple would be reunited. They met lots of problems along the way but were eventually re-united. It was a wonderfully sweet and hopeful book that shows the power of God!

  • Kristine Vigil
    2019-04-18 06:41

    Beautiful storyI enjoyed this book a lot. The book made me feel the highs and lows of Laura and what her life would be like after losing John. Micah is another wonderful character that tugged at my heart. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a tale of despair in the present while struggling to remain hopeful for the future.

  • Heather
    2019-04-10 09:21

    Heartwarming story It’s been a while since I’ve read a Christian novel. This was a heartwarming story that was inspired by true facts . . . miracles that only God could provide. I enjoyed getting to know the hearts of the main characters and was reminded of what’s most important in life.

  • Linda
    2019-04-14 10:42

    Whether writing a sentimental contemporary novel (Remembering Christmas), an action-packed suspense thriller (When Night Comes), or inspired-by-a-true-story historical fiction like this, Dan Walsh consistently delivers a well-crafted five-star narrative with very few distractibg grammatical or spelling errors. My inner Grammar Nazi appreciates that.

  • Pam
    2019-03-27 05:43

    Amazing story I loved this historical novel. It was a great read and kept my interest throughout the book. Each character and their story was so interesting. At the very end you must read the author’s notes which has its own surprise. Highly recommend

  • Lisa Abbe
    2019-04-05 05:14

    Wonderful historical fiction!Loved this novel. Couldn't put it down. What a wonderful story, encompassing love, suspense, compassion and showing man's ability to see beyond color. I loved Crabby!

  • eileeng.denicole
    2019-03-22 09:17

    WONDERFUL READ!All things are possible for the Lord God!I'll be looking for more fine works by Dan Walsh.And his two previous books.

  • Helen Pickering
    2019-04-03 09:24

    The deepest watersI can not express the wonders of this story especially knowing the part that was true so grateful you researched to bring this wonderful book to life

  • Amy
    2019-04-22 08:40

    This was not suspenseful. Very predictable.

  • Nicole Gargiulo
    2019-04-19 12:35

    Excellent piece of historical fiction The storyline was very interesting and the way that the story kept shifting narrators helped to keep the story moving. Wonderful!

  • Pat Dyer
    2019-04-15 05:31

    When I first saw it has something to do with a ship in 1857, somehow Robinson Crusoe came to mind, albeit that story was set in the mid 1600’s, and I thought, well…..I dunno. But, since I’d already read The Discovery by Dan Walsh and loved it, I decided there’s a good chance I’ll like it. Like it? Oh, my word, it is awesome. The Deepest Waters, inspired by true historical events in the mid 1800’s, is riveting and difficult from which to disengage. The plot is suspenseful and intense. The message is compelling and spiritual. Dan Walsh does an exemplary job of word-painting to the point of feeling you’re actually there in the center of it all. Rather than provide an outline or highlights of the plot, I’ve chosen to focus on some of the characters and let you discover the story for yourself, which incidentally has some great twists toward the end.Laura, the newlywed who’s lost her husband at sea after an horrific hurricane, is more concerned about others than she is herself. She has spunk and compassion, faith and determination.Captain Meade, Christian commander of the Cutlass, demonstrates dignity, fairness, and compassion to everyone, passengers, crew, and even his slave. Melissa is ecstatic about meeting Tom, her betrothed, in New York. But her empathy toward Laura and the pain Melissa knows must be feeling from her loss prompts her to assure her new friend has food and lodging when they arrive in the city about which Laura knows nothing, not even whether her in-laws will accept her. Joel, is transformed from a cold, money-focused business man to a loving and compassionate brother.John’s, deep love for his new bride and his faith in God carried him through the most terrifying ordeal of his life. His selflessness allowed him to put himself in more danger in an effort to help others.The elder Mrs. Foster, who although very rich and attuned to proper society protocols, used her position and energies to help people less fortunate, including former slaves.My favorite character in this book is Micah, the slave of the ship captain, whose unwavering faith in God carries him through the most trying circumstances and events. Even after an undeserved beating, not the first of which he’s endured, he rebounds singing praises to the Lord. Then of course there’s Crabby, the lovable canine companion of Micah.Sure there aren’t more than five stars? This book definitely deserves a ten. It is a definite MUST READ for all historical fiction enthusiasts.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-04-11 09:35

    Dan Walsh in his new book, "The Deepest Waters" published by Revell gives us a romantic story of a love tested by disaster.Dan Walsh takes us to 1857 and begins to relate to us the story of John and Laura Foster who have been newlyweds for three weeks. They have taken the SS Vandervere and the steamship encounters a hurricane. They survive the hurricane but the Vandervere is sinking. Just when it appears there is no hope for anyone the Cutlass appears to rescue them. However, there is a problem the small ship can only take 103 so only the women and children make the transfer. All the men will go down with the Vandervere and that will be the end of the newly weds life of happiness.Dan Walsh gets better with each book he writes so that means that this is his best book yet. While the book is inspired by real events everything that occurs in the book springs from the mind and pen of its author and this book is an inspiring read. This is more than just a love story this book deals with the themes of racism by looking at the life of Micah, a slave aboard the Cutlass, whom Laura becomes friends with. As you read watch carefully as Dan Walsh reveals his magic and tells us of racial prejudice in the North that seems to be taken for granted. The history that is woven into this story is incredible, such details are provided and the writing style is so intimate that you feel as if you have been transported back in time and are there.Dan Walsh has provided us a book that both the men and women are going to enjoy. Everyone should read this book, if not for the history and the themes, then just to see what actually happens between John and Laura. This book is a page turning classic. I recommend it highly! I am looking forward to Mr. Walsh's next book.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  • Ruth Apollonia
    2019-04-03 11:21

    Follow newlyweds John and Laura as they struggle to survive a shipwreck that was inspired by the sinking of the SS Central America off the North Carolina shore in 1857.I enjoyed the simple plot and was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the situations were based off of true events. The rating of a three, rather than a five, is due to some awkwardness with the writing style. For example, in many spots it appears as though the narration is being given by a character based upon the dialect of the writing and then would switch to a different narration voice within the same paragraph. The italicization is a bit odd too: in some spots character's thoughts are italicized (entire sentences) in other spots they are not. Lastly, in the first few chapters, when John and Laura are in their stressful situations, they have flashbacks of the other during their dating days, I enjoyed this, at first, but when I began to see it in every chapter, it became tedious. This problem, however, was resolved when more characters were introduced.As far as character development goes, I honestly felt Micah, the kind, slave upon the Cutlass that becomes Laura's friend, was the most developed character of the book. There was one sentence which, frankly, annoyed me: "Shopping could only help her disposition" (p. 214). When I read this sentence, I was taken aback. First, no where else in the book was there any reference to Laura's want of materialistic things and, to me, it appears as though this sentence was thrown in because of a belief that women get pleasure out of shopping. Under the horrific circumstances, I would think Laura would be thinking, "Why does it matter what I wear? John's not here..." And then, bursting into tears, she'd add, "... and he never will be again." Secondly, there's a difference in shopping for pleasure and shopping under pressure (because of need--since she had no other dress other than the one she was wearing and had worn for the past four days). Anyway, I believe it either needed more explanation or it is an entirely unnecessary sentence.Perhaps I am being too harsh, I did enjoy the book. Being an authoress myself, and critically editing my own work, I find myself looking at the flow of a story and the above were a few things that stood out to me.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-04-07 07:39

    I was thankful to receive a review copy of such a heart-wrenching story of faith, hope and unconditional love. Set in 1845 when men were gentlemen and women were ladies. It was a time when ocean liners were fun and luxurious to ride on. Newlyweds John and Laura Foster were embarking on their new life together aboard the SS Vandervere for the most romantic honeymoon voyage ever. All was wedded bliss until tragedy strikes the ocean liner! The SS Vandervere is damaged beyond repair! With only hours before the ship is swallowed up by the sea decisions have to be made.Visions of the movie Titanic rushed through my mind as I read of this horrific scene. Unlike the Titanic the SS Vandervere had life boats, unfortunately not enough to save everyone on board. Quickly women and children are loaded onto the life boats and separated from the men they love.My heart hurt for John, Laura and the other families separated from their loved ones. I was inspired by these characters faith, honesty and love for one another. This was a captivating epic love story! It’s an honest story that touches your heart and soul! I enjoyed how Dan Walsh gave the reader the inside scoop of life on the SS Vandervere and how life was lived in 1857. I appreciate the picture of the ship in the forward to the book that named all the parts of the SS Vandervere. It was really helpful especially for someone like me who doesn't know anything about boats. It helped me imagine what was happening on the boat and where exactly on the ship events took place. This was a moving larger-than-life story. I was inspired as I read about these characters holding out for God’s best for them, whatever that may be. This novel would make a great movie. I enjoyed Dan Walsh’s other books the Unfinished Gift and the Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters was no exception. . I look forward to reading Dan’s next book which is a Christmas story.Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun Magazine

  • April
    2019-03-25 11:13

    THE DEEPEST WATERS by Dan Walsh is an exciting historical romance set in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere off the coast of the Atlantic. It has in intriguing plot: survival at sea,a sea rescue.lost loves,faith,love.and coming to terms with the possibility you may have lost your one true love.This story is told from both the hero and the heroine.As they both try to survive not only the harsh sea,both the loneliness,while separated by the rescue of the women and children of the SS Vandervere another ship.The are men left behind,hoping to be rescued by another ship or make it to shore.This is an intense story at moments.The characters will capture your heart.The hero,John,is determined to survive,faces the unknown with an open heart,faith in his God and has saved several of the men from drowning.He is a very unselfish person.The heroine,Laura,facing the unknown possible alone,carries on,helps the other women on board the new ship,befriends a slave and his dog.It is about miracles not only on sea but also on land. It is a spiritual and inspirational message that show that God is still in charge of our lives.This story is based on some actual facts such as the sinking of a paddle-wheel steamship off the coast of North Carolina,the rescue of the women and children by an old sailing ship,the rescue ship running out of food,the captain of a second giving the rescue enough food for them to get to New York, and last but not least the most amazing of all was a bird flying out of know where,hitting the head of the captain causing him to change course,finding and rescuing fifty-three men adrift at sea for days.This is a must read not only for any and all Christians but for any and all historical romance readers.It is fast paced and a page turner.I actually read it in a few hours. I have read all his books and each and everyone are great from the first page to the last page.This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.