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Architect Vance Nolan has crafted a marvel—shining apartments floating in the peaceful cove of a winding river. When the project is partially occupied and about to make investors rich, a sinkhole gives way.

Then torrential rains quickly flood the cove, leaving a handful of builders, investors, and residents cut off from the rest of the world.

The motley group is bitterly divided over how to survive.

Vance insists they wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single-mom Danielle Clement, obligated to each man and desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, isn’t sure which one is wiser.

Power failure, an unnatural daytime darkness, explosions, and then a murder slowly expose hidden intentions and dark histories. But Simeon has spotted something bright underwater—beautiful, shifting lights in the dark depths.

In this watery world, everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light. And deliverance may mean more than just getting out alive.



  • Denica says:

    This story really intrigued me. I love the way you developed the characters and revealed things about them slowly. I kept wanting to know where you were leading. It all finally made sense in the end, and it was so worth reading. I love the parallels between what was happening in the physical and the hearts and minds of the characters. Great job!

  • Tarissa says:

    I’m very intrigued by your book, Afloat. I love anything that has to do with the water, and this takes it to a new level. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m so excited to see this stories of survival and watch the secrets unfold from the deep. Sounds so good!

  • Patricia Janes says:

    Erin has a way of bringing complex issies and spirituality in an entertaining and readable way. Full of imagry and meaning

  • Josie says:

    Another winner! Afloat is a suspenseful, thought provoking, soul-searching book. God used Afloat to remind me that He is always working in my life, intervening on my behalf. Readers of Afloat have a clear view of how God is intervening, saving lives and sparing people from absolute disaster. Some people knew they were being helped, but others could only see how bad things were. They were angry and critical and complained throughout the ordeal. I was challenged by this. How often in my own life do I complain and grumble about a situation that God has already intervened in? I was reminded of God’s grace and mercy in my life.

    The only thing that I did not like about Afloat occurs on the very last page. One of the characters (I won’t give away which one) says that they “had been freed for this promising new beginning, rescued by the very definition of mercy. Rescued by….” Because really, God did the rescuing. He may have used certain people, but it was all God!

  • erin says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Josie. I’m grateful that the book spoke to you. And as for your dislike, I hear you! My only observation would be that the character in question doesn’t know God yet except through His representatives. But if I were writing a sequel, divine introductions would be made. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • erin says:

    What a high compliment, Patricia. Thank you.

  • Josie says:

    I love how you answered for your character…a true author! Sequel…that’s not a bad idea 😉

  • Kristy says:

    What really stuck with me about Afloat, was that I found myself looking at some of the parallels in my own life. I saw the journey Vance was taking and wondered how much of it was my own. I struggle with being given directions. I can see myself sitting in that car when Dad says wait. I can hear my Heavenly Father now saying wait. And I can see the internal turmoil it causes.

    I love how your relationships amongst your (smile) many characters is so real. I almost feel like a voyeur eaves dropping on their conversations and personal feelings. They become so real.

  • erin says:

    I love that you read yourself into the book, Kristy. That’s a rare and treasured experience–that is, for me to know it happened to you.

  • Meagan says:

    Here is a link to my complete review

    But here is an excerpt of what I wrote about Afloat.
    Afloat was a book I just couldn’t put down and stayed up late just because I wanted to know what happened next. This is definitely an attention grabbing book – it grabbed mine and wouldn’t let go.

    Afloat is a story of redemption and second chances and is a contrast of hope and hopelessness and selfishness and selflessness.

    I would recommend this title to anyone who likes books with suspense and the supernatural. Sometimes you just need to trust in what you can’t see rather than what your eyes tell you.

  • Evan M. says:

    Loved Afloat, Erin! The imagery and the characters were fascinating as always with your novels!

  • erin says:

    Thanks a million, Evan.

  • erin says:

    Megan, thanks for the great review and for posting it here! I appreciate your recommendation.

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