Whose Waves These Are by Dykes, AmandaWhose Waves These Are by Dykes, Amanda

Whose Waves These Are

byDykes, Amanda

Paperback | April 30, 2019

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In the wake of WWII, 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.
Title:Whose Waves These AreFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.35 × 5.43 × 1.02 inShipping dimensions:8.35 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 2019Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0764232665

ISBN - 13:9780764232664


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel that describes description "Sometimes the best way to love is to choose to let go." (p 108) Whose Waves These Are defies description. A heart-stomping, sob-wracking, goose-bumping kind of a read. It's left me so tongue-tied and addlepated that I'm grappling for words here. And this is a debut novel! It really does boggle the mind. First, it's the sheer beauty of the prose. This is the kind of book that begs to be read out loud so that the wordsmithing can be savored. "He's maybe thirty-five, but the look on his face is older, much older. Shadowed and resolute, with a wildness about him. Like someone has anchored the wind and trapped it, chains and all, inside him." (p 46) Dykes' words conjure up vivid images so raw and real that it hurts. But it's a healing kind of pain. And she brings such reverence to these stories -- two timelines, generations awash in tragedy and hope. And the way they merge into a kaleidoscope of emotional change! Expert pacing. Brilliant plotting. Characters to adore. This book has it all. Definitely in my top 10 reads this year (and maybe every year!) "He said it was time to be a part of the unbreaking, of the making of something. He told me there was a Carpenter who was going to build me right up, too." (p 75) Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graft-Martin Communications.Inc.
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Heartwarming This is the most beautiful and heartwarming novel I’ve read in a long time. Satisfying. Peace-inducing and hope-whispering. Amanda Dykes writes with a gentle, lyrical quality that invites readers to linger in this tale and savour every page. Annie Bliss and her great-uncle Bob (“GrandBob”) have shared a special bond since the summer she spent with him in coastal Maine as a child. Now his need calls her back to the struggling town of Ansel-by-the-Sea, away from the soul-drying big-city job where she’s been hiding. The novel follows two timelines: Annie’s in the present and Bob’s in the past, weaving together to tell a story of great loss and greater hope. Of light in the darkness and faith in despair. Of breaking and mending. The town and its inhabitants add a richness, evoking the best attributes of small fishing communities where the locals stand together, no matter what. I admit the present-tense narrative jarred me at times, but even with that, Whose Waves These Are has claimed a special place in my heart. I’m grateful for the experience. Amanda Dykes’ tag line is “spinning stories, gathering grace.” Whose Waves These Are is her first novel, but readers may know her from her novella, Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale, or from The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. [Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.]
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating Work of Art I just finished reading a book that can be described in one word... wow. It was a work of art unlike anything I’ve read before. “Whose Waves These Are” is a debut novel written by Amanda Dykes and published by Bethany House. This story spans two points in time, the 1940s and 2001, and weaves together the lives of a town, and specifically a family, who are connected by an unusual secret and a man who sacrificed so much for the ones he loved. The characters truly make this novel unforgettable. Written in present tense, this uniquely lyrical story took a little while for me to fully step into. Before long though, I was immersed in a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful, poignant and powerful. As our protagonist says, “In this pocket of a harbor where broken lives, like waves upon the shore, are gathered up and held close. . . I never imagined that it would be my breaking place, too. Nor how beautiful the breaking could be.” If you are looking for a new Christian Fiction title to immerse yourself in this summer, I highly, highly recommend “Whose Waves These Are”. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, and you need to be paying attention to catch all the layers and nuances of the writing style, but the reward is a book that will touch your soul in ways you wouldn’t normally expect from fiction. I cannot wait to read more from this incredibly talented new author. . . Thank you for sharing your gift with the world, Amanda Dykes! “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply mesmerizing There is no other way to describe the debut novel from Amanda Dykes than to say that it is, quite simply, mesmerizing. Although I was certainly intrigued by the description of the novel from the back cover, I was not prepared to encounter a novel so richly rendered, with characters who I connected with on such a deep level. As Dykes introduced me to Robert and Annie and Jeremiah and all the different characters from Ansel-by-the-Sea, I felt like I was there living the story by their side, wrestling with the good, the bad and the tragic just as they did, and finding a wonderful grace in the midst of the pain. The amazing part is that it's not just one character who shines, but a whole community of brave souls who work for the good of all, with a few mistakes made along the way. The romance that develops between different characters is that of the best kind, real and alive and there despite the flaws that are holding people back. And as such, this is the kind of story that will appeal to every kind of reader, really to anyone who just is looking to pick up a well-written novel that will inspire. "Whose Waves These Are" is beautifully written, capturing the flavour of different eras with ease, and teasing out a tale that will long linger on my mind. It's hard to believe that this novel is Dykes' debut offering, as I felt like I was reading a book by a seasoned author. As such, she has now joined my list of "must read" authors! And, I cannot help but award this book a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven't yet experienced this novel, make sure you hurry out and get a copy! You will be glad you did. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read I started this book puzzling over the structure of the title. After finishing it, I believe I would have entitled it Whose Stones Are These or A Whole Lot of Light. Whatever you call it, this book is a rose, a white rose that symbolizes new beginnings and remembrance. While roses don't linger, Robert Bliss's stone monument would live long, holding the memories of generations of soldiers and their families. Whose Waves These Are is built on the themes of grieving and truly living. There are times when one cannot do the latter without succeeding at the prior, whether grieving the loss of a person or the loss of an opportunity. This story will resonate in the reader's heart as Robert, William and Annie's story unfolds. I am grateful to have receive a copy of Whose Waves These Are from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Date published: 2019-04-30