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H2O the Novel

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  65 reviews
H2O the Novel 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 ...more
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Published December 20th 2011 by Living Ink Books (first published October 10th 2011)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This was a totally unexpected experience for me. Ive never read a religious/spiritual based book before because Im not much of a church person, but, this book has made me rethink my aproach to that spirituality, specially with Jesus. I cant really describe what Im feeling, but its wonderful.

Thanks so much Austin Boyd and Brannon Hollingsworth, for introducing me to another kind of reading.

(Read the book. Its amazing.)
I figured out what "speculative fiction" means... stinking hard to review!! So, this 5 star rating is going to come with a lot of caveats and might still end up meandering into confusion. If so, be assured if you decide to read the book, it will all make sense - probably.

First off, the book is undoubtably Christian, the message is strong even if the story seems somewhat harsh. The first few pages may make one wonder why they even picked the book up. It starts as uncomfortable reading. As th
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
H20 is a deeply spiritual book without being "preachy." I enjoyed the imagery and being completely immersed in the mind of the lead character. There were parts of the book that hurt my heart and others that made me laugh. Having been raised in an extremely religious environment I can understand the feelings that Kate had about her past. Often coming from such a background if you ever leave you will find it hard and maybe even impossible to go back to even an image of that life. I find that I am ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Rating: 4 1/2 stars!

What would you do if you suddenly started having visions when you got wet? Visions so powerful you lost touch with the world for that amount of time. Would you avoid water at all costs - or learn to live with it?

That is exactly what happened to Kate Pepper. She used to love getting wet, but when she suddenly starts having visions whenever she comes in contact with water, she finds herself fearing water and trying to avoid it at all costs. But how can y
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got a request to be friends with Hollingsworth, and entered his contest to receive a free book, I was not sure whether to be excited or not when I won. I had never heard of either of the authors before. His taste in books is similar to mine, and the cover looked intriguing, so I was hopeful. Finding out that Hollingsworth also designed games excited me because I was certain that a game designer would lead me on an adventure worth reading. After reading Boyd's author page, I understood tha ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of H2O the Novel by Austin Boyd and Brannon Hollingsworth to read and review. I do not know where to begin, this book was incredible, I finished it a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I do not think I can do it justice in a review.

First off, all the descriptions and blurbs I find for this book call it a “contemporary crossover women’s novel” guys do not let that keep you from reading it. Yes, the main character is a women dealing with a lot of issues women
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this work, the first thought I have is: Mature. Not pornographic maturity. This book has the character, depth, solidity of a classic. The linguistic poise, beautiful depiction, and haunting plot masterfully weave two author's into one tale. Having read the first run of this book, I have come to delight in its refinement. It has matured, becoming a gem worthy of any reader, from nearly any age. I highly recommend it to those looking to be thrilled, chilled, surprised, and stunned by ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first thought after finishing this book was WOW!! From the very first page right through to the end it kept me totally captivated & filled me with so many varying emotions. Anger at the way Kate is treated by Xavier, warmth at the way Andrea looks after her & happiness after she meets John. Although this book is a spiritual one it in no way tries to force religion onto you. I have no religious beliefs but i still really enjoyed it & i would highly recommend H20 to anyone with a pa ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with this book. I wasn't sure what to expect since I was not familiar with it prior to the author contacting me asking if I wanted to read and review it. First off... look at that cover! SERIOUSLY!! It has to be one of the best covers I have seen in a long time. Although "packaging" doesn't change the inside product -- it definitely makes an impact -- and the cover of H20 made me WANT to read the book.

My rating is probably around 3.5-3.75 stars. There were a few things th
Sandra "Jeanz"

First of all I love the cover, it makes you want to know more about the book. So just as a great cover should do, this one draws you in.
I don't really know why as it doesn't suggest so in the blurb, but I had thought this book would have some sort of paranormal elements to didn't.
For anyone that has read my review policy you will know I actually state I do not review religious books, however I asked one of the authors direct if I could review this book. I
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H2O is an allegorical work of Christian fiction that I read in two sittings because it was so hard to put down!

Kate, a successful business woman and sushi chef of growing renown, thinks she has everything she wants from life. Then she begins blacking out and having visions every time her skin comes into water, and her life begins to fall apart. After several serious accidents and seeking medical help to no avail, being rejected by her boyfriend/boss, Kate sinks into a serious depression, trappe
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unusual
Kate Pepper has a high-stress job, a creepy megalomaniac boyfriend named Xavier, an addiction to dark roast coffee, and even more disturbing- disturbing and unpredictable visions that come out of nowhere, taking away not only her peace of mind, but in several instances, also hurting her greatly, almost to the point of near death. After Xavier and co-workers begin doubting her and making her question her own sanity, she realizes that all of these visions come to her when she's wet or in contact w ...more
This was an odd story, but it was also edgy and different, which I liked. The imagery of the ultimate healing and the need to be cleansed from sin was pretty vivid. I loved how the heroine, Kate, couldn't get any more lost, and how she had to become broken in order to finally see the sad truth of her existence. The authors showed her misery at the top of her game as well as the misery she experienced during her all-time low. John was a great friend to her and probably the best example of Jesus i ...more
Shadia Hrichi
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
H2O is riveting, edgy, and unabashedly raw. I was captivated from the start as Kate Pepper, a woman bent on control, fights to keep her stilettos firmly planted against the strengthening undertow of a buried secret. The story’s character development is sensational (you’ll love to hate Xavier, her heartless heartthrob boyfriend), and the progression of the water theme throughout the book is thoroughly gripping. I was truly impressed at how the authors (friends and brilliant novelists Austin Boyd ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from one of its authors, Brannon Hollingsworth. I was VERY impressed with this book. I immediately sympathized with it's main character, Kate Pepper and her struggles in the book. I detested Xavier,what a jerk! I was immediately taken in with her internet friend and how the story developed between the two of them. I am not the most religious person on the planet, and this book touches lightly on the subject but in a meaningful and though provoking way! I REALLY loved this book! I ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel very fortunate to have won this books on the goodreads site. I had no idea what type of book H2O the Novel was when I began reading it. I was blown away by it! The Christian themed book is full of powerful images, deep and meaningful visions, and insights that can be both inspiring and somewhat troubling. Water and visions...who knew that the combination would make a fantastic read? I have recommended this book to my friends and I will continue to suggest it.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book that you will be compelled to read from start to end without wanting to stop. It is unlike any inspirational or spiritual book I have read. The idea of water playing such an important role in the book was ingenious. It is a sensational debut for Brannon Hollingsworth and I look for more great reads to come from Mr Hollingsworth.
Samantha Pol
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book...what can I say made me feel frustrated,burdened and absolutely filthy! Though towards the end I felt refreshed and new! I was captured by the ending of the book, so it's definitively a must read till the end type of sorts!
Even though I didn't capture the idea in the beginning that this was a spiritual book by the end I understood and loved it! I hope more people read H2O!
This book is very different from my usual fare but I was approached by one of the authors to do a review.

Kate Pepper is a successful business woman, working for a company that provides in-seat video screens with underlying apps for airlines. She is also carrying on an affair with her boss.

The book opens with Kate preparing a Sushi dinner for people her boss has invited. As she puts her hands under water, she is hit with the first of many visions and blacks out. Her boss/lover is not very conce
Manoja K.
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago author Austin Boyd visited my blog and encouraged me to read his latest release, promising that I wouldn't "go away thirsty" from it. Wow, was he right! "H2O" is a beautiful story full of descriptive imagery and eternal truths that came to life all over again as I turned the pages. Full of depth and honesty, you could see the care and craftsmanship that the authors poured into the story over a three-year writing period. This is a master of a novel!

Kate Pepper is the
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - Chr
Where to begin?? First of all, I'd like to thank Brannon Hollingsworth for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book. Second of all, H2O was so wonderful that I don't even have words to express how much I liked it. I'll give it a shot though.

Kate Pepper-A very likable, relatable heroine who seems to be getting deeper and deeper into trouble. She begins to have visions whenever water hits her. It seems like someone is trying to reach her, but who?? I found myself cheeri/>Kate
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult +
Recommended to Sandie by: Brannon Hollingsworth
Where do I start? The best place is to begin with a thank you to Brannon for a copy of his book. I was immediately attracted to the title (my namesake) and the cover. The first kudos goes to the book designer. What a captivating cover for a novel. I love the imagery it brings to the experience...nicely done.

I feel somewhat obligated to gush all over this book b/c of the free copy I received. I will eliminate that pressure with an honest review. I always steer clear of all Christian F
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jenna by: Brannon Hollingsworth
I am super blessed reading the novel, and I can still feel the high (joy) from finishing the book- not because I finished it, but because of the story.

H2O the Novel is highly gripping, metaphorical and brilliantly written. The idea behind touching water spark visions is truly unnatural but very unique and interesting. The way the words were woven and used phrase by phrase was very smart. It's deep, no doubt in that.

Kate Peppers has it all- the brain, the beauty, the boyfriend, and t
My initial feeling about H2O was uncertainty - it is narrated by Kate Pepper, a 102-pound size 2 aerospace marketing executive and sushi chef who slices off part of her palm while catering a work-related dinner party hosted by her gorgeous but controlling boyfriend, Xavier. I'm not big on blood and I don't like controlling men in fiction or in real life, so this was not a promising start.

But underneath the doubtful beginning there is the start of a puzzle, a mystery, about Kate's reactions to t
Thank you to Brannon Hollingsworth for the copy. Received for a honest review with no compensation provided.
Kate is workaholic, driven to succeed and also dating her boss Xavier. While cleaning some fish for her special roll sushi she faints and ends up having visions. The visions don't stop since it happens to be triggered by water. She ends up missing important projects and presentations at work because her mind is occupied by her avoidance of water and her sheet determination for
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It's amazing to me to think of the lenghts that our Wonderful Savior will go to when trying to bring his children back to his side! I think that Kate had the kind of life that alot of us fantasize about having. She had the great job, the great condo, the good looking boyfried, and the money to do pretty much as she pleased. She wasnt a bad person. She lived a great life, and was a repectible person. Though she had turned away from Gods love for so long. Its amazing to see God ...more
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Austin is an award-winning author who writes extensively about faith issues related to technology and business. He published award winning poetry and more than two dozen technical articles and papers during his career as a Navy pilot, NASA astronaut finalist, and spacecraft engineer. The author of six novels, he is a Christy Gold Medal finalist (The Proof, 2007) and the winner of the Mount Hermon ...more