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Sometimes the ocean hands you an unexpected wave.Travis Kelly wants nothing more than to win the world surfing championship and show up his rival, Kane, but when a horrible accident leaves him disabled, he finds himself floating in a world of misery. Surfing was his life. How will he cope? By drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he runs the risk of following in his dead-beat bSometimes the ocean hands you an unexpected wave.Travis Kelly wants nothing more than to win the world surfing championship and show up his rival, Kane, but when a horrible accident leaves him disabled, he finds himself floating in a world of misery. Surfing was his life. How will he cope? By drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he runs the risk of following in his dead-beat brother’s footsteps—a path of addiction he despises, yet seems drawn toward.Adrift in a sea of self-destruction, Travis struggles between what makes the pain disappear, and what the surfer really wants—the ocean, the girl, and the union of his family.With a touch of Hawaiian culture, Liquid Comfort is a stirring tale of surf, addiction, determination and unconditional love. Hang on for a gnarly ride!“There are many forms of comfort. Some will drown you. Others will keep you afloat.”...

Title : Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story
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ISBN : 9781466216310
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 420 Pages
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Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-14 02:15

    Very few good fiction books about surfing around, so I wrote one :)

  • Jennifer Theriot
    2019-06-21 23:09

    I literally could not put this book down. The characters tore at and captured my heart and I felt so attached to them.Travis, injured by a shark attack while surfing lost an arm and struggled to make a comeback emotionally. He wallowed in self pity and was a bitter and broken man. His bother Devin who was his idol was far from the role model of an older brother. While Travis was recovering both emotionally and physically, Devin was not there for him and he had his own demons to contend with. Alcohol and substance abuse plagued his life and his guilt not being there for Travis only fueled his addiction. Thrown into the mix was their father, Carl who did all he could as a single father who had lost his beloved wife to cancer.Both boys seemed to have bad luck thrown their way and could not face the fact that there was a problem. Deep down they knew , but seemed to mask everything with denial, alcohol and drugs.Poor Carl, stuck in the middle was at his wit's end with his boys. He loved them with everything he had, yet it wasn't enough it seemed to help them overcome their bad habits. He was helpless.Travis, with only one arm longed to get back in the water and back on his board but was dead ass afraid. Afraid of failing; afraid to admit that is what he wanted, afraid to let anyone into his life. Only through a co-worker, Shayla did he muster the courage to get back up and face his fears. Shayla and Travis had an immediate attraction, but Travis was too hard headed to realize what a great girl she was and just how much he needed her in his messed up life. She was the only thing that would bring him back to the old Travis.Devin was the ultimate screw up in the family. His constant need for cocaine nearly destroyed the family. Guilt ridden that Travis had lost his arm, he just couldn't be the older brother he knew he needed to be.Each son was wrapped up in their own emotional turmoil and their father bore the brunt of all this. Unconditional love was all Carl could give, even at the expense of being physically abused by Devin while he was high.This book is a good lesson in life, confronting your demons, and getting back up again after being knocked down.Life throws curve balls your way and this book shows how people can overcome adversities with the help of family and friends. People CAN recover and become renewed. Broken hearts can be mended; life does go on. This is a must read and you'll come away a better person after reading this book. I only hope Cheryl writes a sequel, because the story of Travis, Shayla, Devin and Carl is NOT over!

  • Jesse R Johnson
    2019-06-05 18:10

    A good read--would recommend

  • James
    2019-06-21 19:09

    Having lived on the Cornish coast, I have a few friends who are surf fanatics, so I was intrigued to find out more about this subculture. And I’m immediately put in mind the film 4th July, but in a surfing context – retired vets, trying to fill the gap that was once their life.And what follows is great! This is a very human, gritty tale. While it begins with a surfing scene, you do a good job of describing the surfing in a simple way so that an average (non surfing) reader could understand it.I don't know much about surfing but I was hooked right from your terrifying opening.Travis is a great character, a wounded hero really, fighting to find some kind of normality after his accident. You portray him brilliantly and I feel for his plight. What a thing to have to deal with, I couldn’t image how I’d cope. And you succinctly sum it up at the end of Ch3 when the Hawaiian girl reacts by turning a bright shade of red. Oooh, poor guy. All your characters are well observed and beautifully crafted. Very real, fractured human beings.I loved the read - thank you!

  • Gregory
    2019-06-21 19:07

    This is for the surfers. Appreciate the struggle with rehabilitation. Surfing narrative is real, been there; that's its saving grace. It will have a place with the surfing fraternity. Especially strong when you describe the pain after the amputation and the frustration too. I know a guy who lost his leg in a bike accident, and this is almost word for word how he was afterwards. You succeeded in getting me to care about your characters. As a father, I really identified with Carl as he nurtured Travis and repeatedly kicked Devin in the rump for being an irresponsible punk. I could picture Lea, a pretty young woman, perhaps a bit worn out, aged past her years because of Devin. To that end, I could stand seeing Travis fleshed out a bit more, especially about his experiences in Canada. Just a thought. Great stuff and best of luck with it!

  • Kristy
    2019-06-17 18:03

    I LOVED IT!! Just finished and thought it was fantastic. I have been to Hawaii and know some of the spots that you spoke about... it was really good at explaining about surfing and the other important issues of drugs/alcohol/loss. Considering that I know nothing about surfing, it was easy to follow in that aspect so it kept me interested! I think you developed some good characters and their storylines really meshed! I think my fave character would have to be Carl. What a rock! Surprised myself by getting teary eyed when Lea and Devin were haivng their moment at rehab, Very well written. I highly recommend!!!

  • Chickers Booboo
    2019-06-01 02:05

    This book was well written and knowledgeable about surfing on the North Shore. Loved seeing the story from different points of view without getting confusing as other books tend to do. A little romance, mixed with the emotional conflict of having to suffer through a not so ordinary ordeal. No cliche ending. Perfect in my books!!! (pun intended).

  • Kai Jayka
    2019-06-19 21:11

    This story is way better than some other surf books I've read. Good debut novel!

  • Leon Hermanson
    2019-05-24 18:07

    Err... it was a while ago I read this, but I think I liked it. Engaging story and exciting characters.

  • Chantel
    2019-06-25 02:15

    This a great read :) just fell in love with it

  • Suzqi
    2019-06-02 02:16

    You are an amazing story teller. I'm impressed with your talent for natural dialogue and for changing POV's. I found them very believable, though I must congratulate you on your perfect guy voice. And great imagery and scenery as well. Your description is so vivid I could almost be there! Hawaii is a wonderful place and that comes across here! Surfing aint necesarily my thing but competition, aspirations and following dreams are everyones thing and you portray all those here wonderfully! Thank you for allowing me to read your book! It's certainly not a run-of-the-mill plot. Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story

  • Sylv
    2019-05-31 01:05

    Love surfing, surfer boys, anything to do with Hawaii. I've read this book three times now cuz I fell in love with Travis and could feel his agony. I also really liked the character of Brady and could hear his (and some of the others) "Hawaiian island" accent so clearly when reading. It made me smile to hear a bit of pidgin. It's really a specific way of talking and wasn't overdone like so many other stories. Shayla was cute too! Total hulagirl!