Keep Me Afloat

“Marriage is like a fence. Just because there are a few broken boards or rotted-out posts doesn’t mean you tear the whole thing down and burn the lumber. You repair the weak spots. You move on.”

Thank you Lake Union Publishing for gifting me a copy of Jennifer Gold’s newest novel, KEEP ME AFLOAT.

“Five years ago, marine biologist Abby Fisher made a mistake that cost her everything. Rather than face the consequences, she fled home to start anew—and built the career she’d always dreamed of. But when her research program runs out of funding, she’s adrift once again and decides to return to the safe harbor of her family and friends.

Except nothing at home is how she remembered.

Her friendships are strained, her normally affectionate parents seem distant, and her once-great love story is now just a painful memory. What’s worse, she keeps running into the people she hurt years ago—and they aren’t ready to forgive her.

Abby is determined to atone for her mistakes, but she can’t seem to move beyond her guilt for a chance of future happiness. Can Abby learn to sail through the storm, or will she remain lost at sea?”

I am once again amazed at how seamlessly Jennifer Gold can craft a story. She manages to make me feel as if the main character is my closest friend after only reading a few pages. Her characters are always strong-willed, determined women who are often facing difficult circumstances and are learning how to cope after their lives have been uprooted.

The dual timeline gave me a glimpse into Abby’s life during her relationship and marriage to Dennis and what led to their inevitable separation. While I did have some idea as to where the storyline was heading with Dennis, it was still so eloquently told that it had my heart hurting for Abby as she grappled with the decision on whether she should follow her career or follow her heart and then as she dealt with the outcome of her decision.

I loved all of the details that Gold introduced into her novel surrounding Marine Biology; it was fascinating to me and I felt like I was standing alongside Abby as she watched the whales breach from the boat. Gold has a talent for adding exquisite details to her books.

Written with heartfelt emotions, humor, love, and a few delicious food references, KEEP ME AFLOAT was the book that my heart needed. I will continue to recommend Jennifer Gold’s books to my family and friends and will be waiting patiently for her to write her next book.

KEEP ME AFLOAT will be published on March 3, 2020, and is available to order now.

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