In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper asking readers to send rocks in honor of loved ones to create something life-giving but the building halts when tragedy strikes.
Decades later, Annie returns to the coastal Maine town where stone ruins spark her curiosity and her search for answers faces a battle against time.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 2019)
Whose Waves These Are is absolutely the most impressive debut novel I have ever read. Hands down the absolute best! This dual time line novel is heart-stirring and so beautifully written that it has stayed in my mind since I finished reading it.
The author begins her story in Ansel-By-The Sea, Maine in 1944 and transitions to Chicago 2001 and to be honest I almost didn't want to leave Maine but I soon discovered I would be returning with Annie Bliss to visit GrandBob. Oh how I loved all of the characters in this coastal town. Every single one of them held a special place in my heart. Ms. Dykes certainly crafted characters that I became emotionally attached to. I am quite sure that I have never shed so many tears while reading a book but some of my tears were happy ones because I clearly felt a connection to the characters.
This superbly written novel of love and healing is perfectly paced and will have a permanent place in my home. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book and if you haven't had a chance to read the novella, Up From the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) you should definitely read that, too.
After reading the novella and novel I can honestly say I am a huge fan and cannot wait to read Amanda Dykes future work.
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