Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold #fiction #review


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 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?

Poignant and heartfelt, Keep Me Afloat asks the question: How can you expect forgiveness from others if you can’t even forgive yourself?


Abby has lost her job due to funding. She is at a crossroads in her life. She decides to run to the safety of her family. But, it turns out it is not the safe haven she expects it to be. She keeps being reminded of her past…something she is trying desperately to forget.

I enjoy smart, strong women characters and Abby is a smart, young lady. However, she is guilt ridden and I just felt she should buck up. She is in her 30s and life is what you make it….so toughen up..atone and quit beating yourself up.

This story started out pretty well then it kind of lost focus. Abby’s mistake wasn’t as big as I expected it to be, or rather, not big enough to warrant her reaction. However, the scenery and the descriptions of the whales are outstanding. I just kept expecting and little more out of Abby and her situation.

I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

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