Friday, April 15, 2016

Barely Above Water with Gail Pallotta

Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta
Prism Book Group
April 15, 2016

ISBN  978-1532727009
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About the Book:
An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?

My Review:
Readers will learn plenty from this multi-layered story of one woman's quest to regain her health and life. Although I'd like to think the medical community has come to accept Suzie's illness (you'll have to read to learn what it is, as Suzie doesn't even know for a long time), it's still shocking how frustrated everyone involved can be when answers aren't immediate and clear.

Barely Above Water is the story of a couple learning to deal with and move on from past and present wounds. Some issues, like the loss of loved ones, we have to learn from, appreciate and walk on in life, some, like Suzie’s excruciating, complicated medical condition, we have to take hold of, do what we can to work with it or heal it, and continue to live. Suzie's mystery disease affects her work, her lifestyle, her diet, and self-image, besides the relationship with her great new boss who may be Mr. Right, if he doesn't run when he learns Suzie's secret. It's only natural, but Matt has issues of his own and everything becomes personal when he has to decide whether or not his new summer county rec department's swim team has his future love life in hand.

Readers will get an inside view of alternative medical treatments and a bonus end section explaining them as they journey with Suzie and Matt to discover a fresh purpose for their lives. Recommended for readers of romance and medical issues. I loved the warm, sunny setting in Florida, the characters to grow along with, and the suspense as Suzie gradually learns about her medical condition.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta's a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She's been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010.

Readers can find her on the internet on the staff of Clash of the Titles,, at her blog,, on her Web Site, on Authors and More on facebook at and twitter, Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords

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