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The Deepest Waters

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,371 ratings  ·  413 reviews
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 the ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published February 26th 2011)
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Trinity Rose
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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 thi ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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, lef ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: revell, 2011
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
Donna Hausler
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 th ...more
Carol S.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

Leslie Miner
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 w ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The plot was based on true events, which the author explains at the end, which makes the story more amazing. The characters were so relatable and diverse. The women and children who lost their husbands/fathers. Those who held out hope. Those who lost nothing. Estrangement. Reunitings. Revenge. Survival. This book really had it all without getting sappy on romance. I am ready to go looking for the sunken treasure... Who is with me?
Chris Unwin
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tender Story

This 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.
Jann Martin
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this. The story was captivating and was hard to put down.
Laura Rae
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was kind of slow moving but was interesting
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I didn't want to put it down but had to force myself when I couldn't stay awake any more. I finished it the next day though. so don't pick this up till you have free time to just lose yourself in the book. God is a real and important part of the lives of the main characters. You get to watch as they grow in their faith too. It's kind of like getting a glimpse of what God's doing behind the scenes. The author did a great job and I highly recommend this book! Knowing it's inspir ...more
Ruthe Turner
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story was good, and in fact I found myself riveted to the book and finished it in one day. A newly married couple are sailing sail to New York so she can meet his family. But a hurricane resulting in their ship sinking leaves her believing she is bereft of a husband, and him floating on a piece of debris far from any change of rescue. Then something happens that is pretty unbelievable, but here is where the reader really perks up, because the novel is based on a true story.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I loved reading about the adventures of Laura and John. This book is about a shipwreck and the struggles of surviving it. Some true story mixed with fiction. I recommend reading this wonderful story.
I enjoyed this. Some parts were a little preachy. The most interesting part is how many of the miracles actually happened in real life and the author was able to incorporate them into the story. It was a good summer read.
Victor Gentile
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Pat Dyer
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 Vanderver ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A story that takes place in Sept. 1857. Newlyweds John and Laura Foster are enjoying their honeymoon on the steamship SS Vandervere never realizing what is about to take place. When a hurricane strikes the ship starts to sink!Laura is rescued along with the other women and children on the vessel but the men are left on the sinking ship. Laura fears that John may be gone forever, but her heart holds out hope that somehow he will survive, and they might find there way back together.
I must admit,
Shelly Mundy
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Newlyweds, John and Laura Foster have set sail on their honeymoon on the SS Vandervere from San Francisco to New York in 1857. Somewhere near the Carolinas, they are overtaken by a hurricane and the ship begins to sink. Fortunately, the women and children are rescued by a smaller ship but the men are forced to stay behind. Some of the men find objects to use a life preservers or rafts but others drown and go down when the ship sinks to the deepest depths of the sea.

Laura travels with the other
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh

This story has its Joy of Love mixed with heartache and sadness almost from the beginning. John and his new bride Laura choose to honeymoon aboard the SS Vanderver headed to New York where his family lives.
Laura had married late in life fearing she would always be alone till she met John. Now a shipwreck has torn them apart..will they ever find one another again. Miracles abound in this story and you will want to read about them.
It seemed like the journey had only
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dan writes about a deep, personal love story that turns into anguish amidst the tragedy of the SS Vandervere caught in the middle of a hurricane in the Atlantic. My mind immediately conjured up the horrific story of the Titanic.

In The Deepest Waters, Dan Walsh vividly writes about the grief-stricken emotions of the women being rescued by The Cutlass while the SS Vandervere is sinking with their husbands and remaining crew aboard. The voices of the men and women cry out to you as you read--haunti
For people who love a historical romance set around the sinking of a ship, this book is for them. I have always been a sucker for a Titanic type love story, so this book was right up my alley. The fact that it is loosely based on an actual situation just makes it ten times more intriguing for me I loved the writing style, the tone of the story, the setting. I loved all of it. The spiritual thread was well done, too. I loved Micah's character and Crabby the dog. Very nice secondary characters. I ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Author: Dan Walsh
Publisher: Revell
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1980-7
Genre: Inspirational/historical

John and Laura foster are newly married and are taking Laura’s dream honeymoon on a steamship, SS Vondervere. They are traveling to New York to meet John’s family, a family he wronged many years previously, and he hopes to make amends with. But tragedy occurs, and the SS Vondervere is going down.

Laura is one of the last women to be rescued and she has to be torn from John’s
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The problem with being a truly great author is that readers come to have great expectations when reading a new book written by a truly great author. After reading Dan Walsh’s first two books, I knew he was among those I consider a great author. I really had big expectations for his newest book, The Deepest Waters. I had not one single moment of disappointment while reading this book. I was completely enthralled by this story and just could not wait to find out what would happen next. There was a ...more
Randy Tramp
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Book
John and Laura Foster began honeymoon in 1857 aboard the steamship SS Vandervere. It becomes a nightmare when a hurricane strikes and the ship is lost. Laura is rescued with the other women and children, but how separated from her newly wed husband. She faces the future alone.

My Thoughts
Having been in the Navy and sailed several oceans, I was taken back to the waters in the pages of this book. Also having swum in the Meridian Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, I identified with John
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this delightful story!

When John and Laura Foster decided on an ocean voyage for their honeymoon, they had no idea of the tragedy that awaited them. A hurricane strikes and their ship goes down. Laura is rescued, along with the other women, but all the men on board are gone into The Deepest Waters.
Walsh based his novel on an actual event from 1857, and spins the tale with emotional honesty. On board the rescue ship, Laura befriends a slave named Micah, whose kindness carries her through t
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you like a good love story, then you must read this book. I can't tell you how many times I cried throughout this story. It progresses as it rotates between Laura, John, and John's family in New York. But it isn't just a love story.

Through Micah and his dog Crabby we learn to have joy in the present and not worry about things that haven't happened yet. Through Laura we learn about faith and strength to face the unknown. Through John we learn about hope and the strength of love and through hi
Janna Ryan
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction inspired by a true story, Dan Walsh knew a good story when he heard about this particular bit of history and he was right. But for him to take that and turn it into an absolutely amazing tale that kept me glued to the book - fantastic! I totally loved this book. Probably my favorite of the year as of right now. Fans of Nicholas Sparks and Karen Kingsbury will love this book - Dan builds rich characters and strong plot lines as he takes us on a ill fated voyage with John and La ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction made history

Until now I don't think I have ever read a book in a day. Eye fatigue usually sets in and I go to sleep. Dan Walsh kept me turning the pages until I got to the very end. I can't say that the plot had any surprising twists. Because the central characters were on their honeymoon, I knew there had to be a happy ending. The surprising twist I found was in the acknowledgement after the story was done. It was revealed there that the core outline of the story was an histo
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 21 novels including The Unfinished Gift, When Night Comes and The Reunion. He has won 3 Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 4 Selah Awards and 4 of his books have been finalists for RT Review’s Inspirational Book of the Year.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Word Weavers International, Dan writes fulltime in the Daytona Beach area. He an

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