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 further 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 anthropologists 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.
Some stories you read linger with you long after you have finished the story. Whose Waves These Are is one of those stories. This epic story is one loving told with such achingly beautiful words that it envelopes you in its warm embrace. Spanning generations with the seamless ebb and flow of the tide, and piercing the depths is the matchless love of our creator and savior.
The dynamic characters and the charming town wove its way into my heart. I have long wanted to visit Maine and now even more so! You will want to grab a copy of this story! I eagerly anticipate more stories from Amanda Dykes!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
About the Author:
Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly. Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations: