Whose Waves These Are

Whose Waves These Are

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....

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Title:Whose Waves These Are
Author:Amanda Dykes
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Edition Language:English

Whose Waves These Are Reviews

  • Beth

    “These are the waves that have brought her home. To these people, this place…and to life.”

    Well, I did it. I closed the final page of Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes, and it happened. I hugged the book. Now, this may seem silly, but it’s just a thing I do, have always done. If, and only if, I connected to a book on a heart and soul level. I’ve read three of Dykes’ novellas, and they were so good, so I admit I had high hopes for her debut novel. My expectations were blown away. Lyrical and p

    “These are the waves that have brought her home. To these people, this place…and to life.”

    Well, I did it. I closed the final page of Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes, and it happened. I hugged the book. Now, this may seem silly, but it’s just a thing I do, have always done. If, and only if, I connected to a book on a heart and soul level. I’ve read three of Dykes’ novellas, and they were so good, so I admit I had high hopes for her debut novel. My expectations were blown away. Lyrical and poetic, whimsical and full of heart, this story had me captivated from the first page.

    Whose Waves These Are is one of those novels that defies genre a bit. It’s contemporary, but not too recent. It’s also historical, a bit romantic, a bit whimsical, yet full of depth and emotion. The dual timeline spans decades and generations of the same family, intermingling stories together in a seamless fashion that had me engaged in both time periods. The story is quite layered, but I never felt overwhelmed by it. Dykes deftly ties each piece of the story together in a way that is pure joy to read. I loved getting to know these characters, these friends, Annie, Jeremiah, and Bob. Their stories are tragic, triumphant, and messy, full of that real-life-ness that all good characters need to make them shine.

    Sometimes a setting takes on a character-like quality, and that’s how I feel about Ansel-by-the-Sea. With the quaint locales and quirky, endearing residents who have found respite by the sea, it’s a restful, whimsical place of history and a simpler time. The author’s descriptions are gorgeous, painting a beautiful picture of this place and its inhabitants.

    Whose Waves Are These celebrates and commemorates life. It reminds the reader of the power of story. We all have one, and there’s power in sharing our own story and listening to that of others. Truly my words are inadequate to describe the beauty and magic I found while reading this story. It is a favorite of the year, and I am so excited to read whatever Amanda Dykes pens next. Highly recommended!

    The prequel novella, Up From the Sea, is offered as a free ebook. It’s a lovely little story all it’s own and sets the stage nicely for this one.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Clara

    These aren't simple five stars.

    I mean them with all my heart.

    I never doubted Amanda Dykes was going to tug my heart big time with this book. Her novella is one of my favorite stories ever and I still get teary when reading it (ie: I basically became a waterfall reading her first full-length novel).

    There is a scene in this book in which a character has to tell a story. It's kind of straight forward but not really because there's so much then what seems obvious on the surface. I can only echo this

    These aren't simple five stars.

    I mean them with all my heart.

    I never doubted Amanda Dykes was going to tug my heart big time with this book. Her novella is one of my favorite stories ever and I still get teary when reading it (ie: I basically became a waterfall reading her first full-length novel).

    There is a scene in this book in which a character has to tell a story. It's kind of straight forward but not really because there's so much then what seems obvious on the surface. I can only echo this character's thoughts at the moment:

    Amanda is a wonderful storyteller and she gave me all the feels with her debut. "Whose Wave These Are" is a book full of stories. And though this might seem obvious, don't be fooled by shallow judgments until you've seen the intricate web this author has created. You will discover they are beautiful stories, treasured, every single one. Therefore, I can't write a review like I usually do, mentioning the main characters and how the story will develop around them. I'll leave it for you to discover and savor each one.

    Let me tell you one thing. We are all given gifts, and they are to be shared and nurtured to bless others. This book talks about said gifts and said sharing and community.

    That messy, beautiful, wonderful place to be.

    *I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Rachel McMillan

    from endorsement:

    With a gorgeously inimitable voice, Dykes sets herself apart with a debut novel as timeless as its themes of redemption and everlasting love. I dare you not to be swept into a yarn of age-old tales and seaside secrets deftly penned by a lyrical pen that pliantly shifts between contemporary and historical frames. Romantic, spell-binding and wonderfully unique, Dykes’ sense of setting and emotional resonance are nearly unparalleled. A book world to be savoured and returned to agai

    from endorsement:

    With a gorgeously inimitable voice, Dykes sets herself apart with a debut novel as timeless as its themes of redemption and everlasting love. I dare you not to be swept into a yarn of age-old tales and seaside secrets deftly penned by a lyrical pen that pliantly shifts between contemporary and historical frames. Romantic, spell-binding and wonderfully unique, Dykes’ sense of setting and emotional resonance are nearly unparalleled. A book world to be savoured and returned to again and again.

  • Sarah Monzon

    There are plot-driven novels, and character/driven novels, but is there such a thing as a descriptive-driven novel? Not in setting, but in...life. Amanda Dykes doesn’t describe what people see in when the look out at the world, its like she’s giving all of her readers a pair of X-ray vision glasses to put. Ones that peel away at the artifice and shine a light on the heart. This is a story that you will ruminate over and will stick with you for a long time after it’s end.

  • Brittany

    Whose Waves These Are is an epic story that spans decades. The author pulled my heart all over the place as I turned the pages. This novel has a dual timeline. The connections and stories that are woven together throughout the years are only slowly revealed in tiny bits to the reader. I was amazed by the way the author intertwined so many different tales from both the past and the present together.

    There was a lot of pain that various characters went through in the novel, yet it was balanced well

    Whose Waves These Are is an epic story that spans decades. The author pulled my heart all over the place as I turned the pages. This novel has a dual timeline. The connections and stories that are woven together throughout the years are only slowly revealed in tiny bits to the reader. I was amazed by the way the author intertwined so many different tales from both the past and the present together.

    There was a lot of pain that various characters went through in the novel, yet it was balanced well with hope and lessons learned. The setting was beautiful and I truly felt as if I was experiencing living life in Ansel-by-the-Sea.

    The author’s writing style is very poetic and beautiful. She doesn’t simply tell a story, she paints it for the readers with her words.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Sarah Sundin

    This is the book everyone will talk about all year—lyrical, lovely, full of heart and heartache, secrets kept and revealed. These characters, this town, and their stories will seep into your soul and leave you wanting more. A novel of hope and reconciliation you won’t forget for a long time, probably not forever.

  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Y'ALL! I felt SOOOO many emotions reading this book.

    I cried happy tears, I cried tears of grief, I cried for heartwarming moments and I cried for heart-wrenching moments.

    I felt A LOT of things. It is VERY rare that an author can get me to cry, let alone SOB while reading. The fact that this author got me to do it on multiple occasions for different reasons says a lot about her writing style.

    It's amazing. Plain and simple. It was a gripping story of grief, loss, healing, and learning to lean o

    Y'ALL! I felt SOOOO many emotions reading this book.

    I cried happy tears, I cried tears of grief, I cried for heartwarming moments and I cried for heart-wrenching moments.

    I felt A LOT of things. It is VERY rare that an author can get me to cry, let alone SOB while reading. The fact that this author got me to do it on multiple occasions for different reasons says a lot about her writing style.

    It's amazing. Plain and simple. It was a gripping story of grief, loss, healing, and learning to lean on the Rock of Ages.

    This story rocked me, it had me thinking of the past and the future. There was so much grit to this story!

    I really enjoyed the time-slip aspect, the author did a really good job separating the timelines while keeping the storylines perfectly intact. Though I had a few questions about character timelines and connections in the "modern day" storyline, it personally didn't take away from my experience while reading the book.

    The characters were so real and raw, they came to life right off the page. All of their thoughts and emotions built them into wonderful characters.

    All the little romances really held the book together. They were all so bittersweet, but they really enhanced the story.

    I truly don't think I'll ever be able to put into words my thoughts about this book. I am pumped to see where this author goes next! I think every person ever should read this book.

    5/5 stars!

    *I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*

  • Gray Cox

    Wow, wow, wow, wow,,,, just WOW. 😭😍😍😍

    With a beautiful writing voice and an even more beautiful plot, Amanda makes a promising debut with this heartwarming tale.

    The contemporary part is set in 2009 and

    Wow, wow, wow, wow,,,, just WOW. 😭😍😍😍

    With a beautiful writing voice and an even more beautiful plot, Amanda makes a promising debut with this heartwarming tale.

    The contemporary part is set in 2009 and brought me back to the world of flip phones, which was super nostalgic. It's also historical with just a hint of romance. Full of heart and whimsy, this tale will draw you into its depths easily.

    The two timeline stories are written and tied seamlessly together in such an effortless and beautiful way, it's also easy to keep up with and written at an enjoyable pace.

    This book brought tears to my eyes, it broke my heart and then put it back together again,

    is a MUST read.

  • Melissa Tagg

    WHY CAN'T I GIVE THIS TEN STARS? Or twenty or thirty or basically ALL the stars ever. This is hands-down one of the best books I've ever read. Like, EVER. I love it so much there's no way I can review it intelligently right now, so I'll come back later and try to somehow do it justice in a longer review but for now...I am spoiled for all other books. For real. I finished it Saturday morning and haven't been able to pick up another book since! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    UPDATE: Literally for weeks (months?) I've be

    WHY CAN'T I GIVE THIS TEN STARS? Or twenty or thirty or basically ALL the stars ever. This is hands-down one of the best books I've ever read. Like, EVER. I love it so much there's no way I can review it intelligently right now, so I'll come back later and try to somehow do it justice in a longer review but for now...I am spoiled for all other books. For real. I finished it Saturday morning and haven't been able to pick up another book since! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    UPDATE: Literally for weeks (months?) I've been trying to figure out how to write an actual review for this book...versus the paragraph of gushing I did previously. And I really don't think I'm any closer to being able to write a review that does justice to Whose Waves These Are. Instead, I'll just list some of the things I loved:

    -The writing. It's just plain gorgeous. It is! I told a friend as I was reading it that it felt wild and free...I wish I could explain what exactly I mean by that. But it's completely unencumbered and lilting and just beautiful.

    -The characters - obviously! I mean, that should be a given, I guess. If I don't like the characters, I won't like the book, no matter how well-written or how well-plotted. But there's something extra special about these characters. Robert Bliss...oh my goodness, have I ever read such a heart-tugging character? Annie Bliss...so very relatable. Jeremiah...I think I'm basically just in love with him. (That moment when he writes on his shirt... 😍😍😍)

    -Ansel-by-the-Sea - it's cute and charming and quirk and believable and everything I want in a setting that's as much a character as the people are.

    -The history. The story of the rocks. The creativity of it all! Honest-to-goodness just in awe of how the various threads of this story laced together to form one all-encompassing, emotional, poignant, at times heart-wrenching and other times heart-warming story. This story made me cry multiple times...and while I'll admit that sometimes I'm a bit of an easy cry when it comes to good books, this one is beyond "good" and my crying went far beyond a few tears. :)

    Yeah, so basically I'm still gushing! This is truly one of the best books I've ever read and I know I'll reread it many times. Cannot wait to see what comes next from Amanda Dykes!

  • Kara

    WOW. Just wow. I can totally understand all the rave reviews now! I stayed up much too late (or was it too early? 😉) last night reading this all in one go. Because I could not put it down!! SO GOOD, people. So, so good. And now I want a reread of the entire thing... 💛💛💛

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