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From the author of The Ingredients of Us comes a moving story about true love and heartbreak, mistakes and redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

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

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Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Ceecee
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

This is a lovely book, aspects of which I will remember for a long time. This is the story of Abby, her relationships, friendships, the mistakes and errors of judgement she makes, facing up to them with the chance for redemption and a fresh start and I like her story. However, the stand out thing for me is her job of marine biologist and aspects of this struck a real chord with me and that is mostly what I’m taking from this story. The story begins with Abby returning to Port Townsend
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Barbara White
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a stunning, achingly beautiful novel about love, redemption, and whales.

Nothing is quite as it seems when marine biologist, Abby Fisher, returns home after a five-year absence. Penniless and jobless, she brings with her a half empty U-haul and a trailer of guilt. As she struggles to face those she hurt, and attempts to find a new job on the ocean, her true journey becomes a solitary one. Only by turning inward can Abby find forgiveness and permission for a second chance at love.

The ocean
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Jennifer Gold
Nov 19, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Dear Readers,

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with nature documentaries; I grew up on a steady diet of Steve Irwin and David Attenborough. Even now, I could successfully narrate the entirety of Blue Planet without skipping a beat. Before I became a writer, I entertained dreams of becoming a veterinarian, a marine naturalist, a wildlife photographer. I have always loved animals, especially whales. So, it’s probably not a surprise that I wrote a book about a marine biologist.

Keep Me Afloat is a
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Amira
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

'Keep Me Afloat' is an achingly intense, emotional novel about love, second-chances, and self discovery. It is a poignant, beautifully written story that will tug at your heart strings more than once and leave you with tears in your eyes. To read my full review, please visit my blog here.

As a marine biologist focused on studying humpback whales, Abby Fisher has finally built the career of her dreams - until her research
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J
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just an amazing book. I think my favorite part was after Abby moved back home and realized her parents weren't the people she had always thought she knew. Yes, parents make mistakes and Abby realized that they were struggling just like she was to find their place. I thought after Abby discovered that she was finally ready to learn to forgive herself and like her parents, take a step in moving forward.
The book told the story of young Abby and the life and mistakes she had made and I
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Heather
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Jennifer Gold book for me and I love her style of story-telling. Keep Me Afloat definitely spoke to me. I have found myself in a transition period of life right now. Abby's character resonated with me. I found myself drawn to certain passages and quotes in the book. ("Don't let the what-if's interfere with what you want") I felt all her pain and all the difficult changes she had to make in her life. Just like Christy and Nick helped Abby, I have also found that friends make ...more
MaryAnn
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Gold's Keep Me Afloat is fantastic! At its very basic this is a story about learning to forgive yourself, but it's so much more than that.

There are whales and lots of other marine life that I learned quite a bit about, wonderful descriptions and characters that make you want to be their friend. Of course there are one or two I'd like to shake, but such is life.....

Abby is a sweet, but flawed character who tries hard to be everything that others need, even when it isn't a good choice for
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Laurie
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Let go of the past." "If you waste all your time worrying about what's over and done, you'll never enjoy the time you have left."
Abby is a marine biologist who longs for the ocean and sea life, especially the whales.
Her career is important to her.
She falls in love, but that gets in the way of life and off she runs in an attempt to forget.
She comes home a few years later to confront her past, but nothing is the same.
Will she be able to forgive herself for the mistakes of years gone by and
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Sue Fernandez
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I'd recently read the author's previous book, "The Ingredients of Us." I loved it, and I very much liked that she didn't take the easy way out by just sticking to a similar plot. This book focuses on a young woman who fled her small town after the end of her marriage. She learns that sometimes you have to face the past to move forward. What I also loved was the focus on marine life, and ...more
Annette
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
I was captivated by this book after the first page. It was told in alternating time lines which was easy to follow. After reading this book, I kinda want to go whale watching.
I loved the story! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Karen Trosterud
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this beautifully written story of wonderful characters!! I also adored the setting!! Highly highly recommend
Brenda
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is coming home ever what we expect?
This book reflects life, as in our choices, our journeys, and or destiny's.
Are they made or do we create them?
Olivia L
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Keep Me Afloat' was an emotional, heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting tale. Guilt and regret, love and loss: Abby had to finally face her demons and deal with the tragedy that held her captive for one-half a decade. Loved Nick & Chrissy. Great tearjerker. 4 tissues.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Jennifer Gold for an ARC of 'Keep Me Afloat' in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
Ashley Tyler
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book takes place within two timelines switching between the past and present. The story in told in the voice of the main character, who is a passionate marine biologist.The reader is given glimpses of the first meeting, courtship, and marriage between Abby and Dennis throughout the chapters in the past. While in the present, the reader is given hints of Abby going through the struggles of repairing the various relationships ...more
Sheri
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well told story provides an in-depth look at relationships. From how they begin and the hardships they face and how relationships change. The main character is a marine biologist, who returns home after having fled four years earlier. As she tries to find peace with her return home the reader learns about why she left. The way the story is told is from the present with flashes back to the past. This story help my interest throughout and I enjoyed the satisfying conclusion.
Neetu
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story and definitely a one time read.
Please read full review on melodyofbooks.com
Missy
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Took me awhile to get through the first part. It went back and forth between the years of Abbie's life and heartbreak. Letting go of the past. "Everyone deserves love and joy."
Have a box of tissue when you read.
I loved reading about the whales and other animals that are so breathtakingly beautiful.
The setting was the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. I've never been there, but I know it has to be beautiful!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC
Cara EM
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Keep Me Afloat is the story of Abby, who returns to her hometown in Washington to make amends and find closure, despite running away from her problems years previously. As she reconnects with her family and friends, her failed marriage and her conflict between career and marriage are slowly revealed to the reader. While the first quarter of the book is promising, the pacing lags horribly and the book could’ve been condensed significantly. Attention lags as Abby doles out her past by the ...more
Cara EM
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Keep Me Afloat is the story of Abby, who returns to her hometown in Washington to make amends and find closure, despite running away from her problems years previously. As she reconnects with her family and friends, her failed marriage and her conflict between career and marriage are slowly revealed to the reader. While the first quarter of the book is promising, the pacing lags horribly and the book could’ve been condensed significantly. Attention lags as Abby doles out her past by the ...more
Terry Persun
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This book is amazing. It tells a great story, delivers a group of well-developed characters, and has twists that you don't see coming. It's important to note how utterly complex and interesting this book evolves. When you meet characters, you connect with them right away, you want to know more, you want to join in on the conversation. As the book progresses, you realize there is more at stake than you thought at the beginning. By the end of the book, all I wanted was to see everything work out. ...more
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Jennifer Gold writes book club fiction about the relationships of real, flawed women — love, past mistakes, redemption, and all the stuff in between. Critics at Booklist have called her characters “multifaceted” and her storylines “compelling” and “bittersweet.” Jenni is a travel-obsessed romantic and ambivert. When she’s not writing, you can find her sipping coffee, enjoying the outdoors, or ...more
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