Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

About the book:

Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.

My Thoughts:

5-stars is not enough for this phenomenal story! I sit here awash in blissful wonder and my words fail to do justice to this light-filled work of art, for a work of art this story truly is! Finely crafted with expert care, filled with the heart and soul of the author who penned it; this author who has clearly allowed God to fill her heart and guide her pen.

Crafted with light and love, this story is one that absolutely can not be missed! This story has woven itself around my heart, and I’m all the better for having experienced and lived this story! These dynamic characters feel like family now and are sure to live in my heart for a long time to come! I highly recommend this story. Grab yourself a copy today!

(While I received a complimentary digital copy from the publisher, I volunteraly purchased a print copy of this book for my personal library because I had to have a copy for my library. I am not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

AmandaDykes

 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:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest //

First Line Friday: Set the Stars Alight

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes. This story is one that you will want for your keeper shelf!

Candlewick Commons
London, England
2000

To step inside the watchmaker’s cottage was to step outside of time.

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First Line Friday: Whose Waves These Are

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes! I have found a new favorite story! This epic story is one loving told with such achingly beautiful words that it envelopes you in its warm embrace. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Ansel-by-the-Sea, Maine
September 1944

          One minute a guy is splitting wood in the northeastern corner of the country, stomach rumbling and heart afire with ambition in the wake of his eighteenth birthday, and the next minute he’s pumping water from the old kitchen sink to clean the work off his hands and pick up a letter from the president of the United States of America himself.

 

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 Whose Waves These Are

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

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April – 2019

What books did you read during the month of April? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in April.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book.

Book Reviews:

  Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes

  The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Book Spotlight:

Fearless by Tamara Leigh

No Greater Love by Gina Holder

Cover Reveal

   The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in May?

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

AmandaDykes 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:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest //

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

 Whose Waves These Are

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes! This superb novella is an introduction to Amanda’s full-length story Whose Waves These Are, set to release at the end of this month. I loved this novella and encourage you to swing by Amazon and download your FREE copy today!

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Summer 1774
Coastal Maine

          The forest floor came alive that night. Footsteps pounding upon it, roots forging slow paths into dark soil. Two worlds about to collide. The young woman flew through the trees, the frantic swishing of her skirt masked by the sound of the wind through the bending pines above.

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) by Amanda Dykes

Synopsis:

When Savannah Mae Thorpe visits her family in New England, she learns the future of the land she’s inherited is in question. She finds help from a local lumberjack–who holds a shadowed past of his own–to discover the truth of a local legend and save her land. But her expedition may have unexpected ramifications on her life–and the lives of those around her.

My Thoughts:

This delightful short story swept me off my feet with lyrical prose, into the northern woods of Maine. I couldn’t put it down and found myself inhaling the story in one sitting. If you haven’t yet picked up your free copy of this enchanting story, do so right away.

The vivid scenery, the delightful characters, and a story within a story, what’s not to love?!

(I downloaded a copy of this novella for my personal collection. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

AmandaDykes 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:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest //

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in November?

 

Cover Reveal – Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

I’m super excited to be sharing with you the Cover Reveal for Amanda Dykes debut full-length novel “Whose Waves These Are”!

SYNOPSIS:

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 Main 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.

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AmandaDykes  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:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest //