Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review of Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

About the Book ~

In the wake of WW11, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper:a rallying cry for hope, purpose...and rocks. Send me a rock for the person you lost, and I will build something life-giving. When the poem spreads farther than he ever intended, Robert Bliss's humble words change the tide of a nation. Boxes of rocks inundate the tiny, coastal Maine town, and he sets his calloused hands to work, but the building halts when tragedy strikes.

Decades later, Annie Bliss is summoned back to Ansel-by-the-Sea when she learns her Great-Uncle Robert, the man who became her refuge during the hardest summer of her youth, is now the one in need of help. What she didn't anticipate was finding a wall of heavy boxes hiding in his home. Long-ago memories of stone ruins on a nearby island trigger her curiosity, igniting a fire in her anthropologist soul to uncover answers.

She joins forces with the handsome and mysterious harbor postman, and all her hopes of mending the decades-old chasm in her family seem to point back to the ruins. But with Robert failing fast, her search for answers battles against time, a foe as relentless as the ever-crashing waves upon the sea.

For more information about Amanda Dykes and her books, check out her website here!

My Thoughts ~

The theme of Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes is found in the beauty of breaking...and rebuilding in the way only God can!

The author has a lyrical, poetic way of storytelling that is unique and different than other authors with this writing style. The words flow and move... Truly, it's like the author's words move like ocean waves, through blessed calm and heart-wrenching tragedy, crashing against the shore of the reader's heart. The setting flourished under this writing style, but by itself, Ansel-by-the-Sea is one of the most charming fictional towns I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing via story!

We experience the story through Robert and Annie's perspectives -- and it is quite the story! It is the kind of story that while you know it's fictional, you also know these stories exist (and maybe even in your own family history). Tales of daring rescue, crushing loss, and fathomless love. Their story -- because it is as much one story as it is two -- will move you to weep and fall to your knees in respect and grief, but it will also build something life-giving in your soul. It is a story of light piercing the darkness in a miraculous way that can only be credited to God. It is a story of looking for the light because -- as Roy said -- "there's a whole lotta light."

Four Stars ~ Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes is a stunning story of hope and light in the darkness. Amanda Dykes is an author to watch! Whose Waves These Are is a standalone, but there is a prequel novella, Up from the Sea. However, it is not necessary to read it before reading Whose Waves These Are.

Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!


~V. Joy Palmer

V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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