I just finished reading Valerie Howard’s “Deep Blue Sea,” which was generously provided to me by the author herself, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion. This novel features Jamie Walker, a woman whose life is spinning out of control. Her husband spends more time out of town on business then he does with her, and when he is around, he refuses to understand her deep-seated need for a child. She tries desperately to distract herself from both her present pain and the past that torments her, but the resulting depression causes a lack of focus that threatens her career as a magazine editor. Jamie knows something has to change, but what? In the back of her mind there is always the tempting lure of the full bottle of sleeping pills laying in the nightstand drawer, but deep down, this woman knows that this is a permanent solution to temporary problems. What are her other options? Her friend Jade is always inviting her to church, and Jamie finally takes her up on the offer, more out of boredom than anything else. Surprisingly, she finds the message she hears there appealing. Can Jesus be trusted to lift the burdens turning life into a train wreck? Which path will she choose?
Howard constructed a compelling plot with very believable characters. This is one of those books that pulls the reader into the lives of the people involved. It is also unapologetically filled with the gospel, without beating you over the head with it. Teenagers will enjoy this story along with their older counterparts, and children will not need to be shielded from anything contained in this novel, so feel free to share it with your family. The only drawback to this title is that it is a bit of a slow start, but once it gets going, I found it very worthwhile. My rating is a solid four and a half out of five stars. I eagerly await this writer’s next project.
Until we meet again…