Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts

I've found that when I'm trying to write a review for my favorite books that words are hard to come by. I can never find a way to truly express my feelings because they all seem so inadequate. And that's where I'm at now, after finishing Whose Waves These Are. I'm staring at my computer screen trying to put into words the soul-wrenching beauty that was this novel.

The writing style is so lyrical and had me completely enchanted from the very first page. It's an emotional read. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I cried or almost did. But, my goodness, it's a novel brimming full of hope, too. It's a story that will stay with me for a long time to come. If I could give it more than five stars, I certainly would. I highly recommend it to everyone and I can't wait to read what Amanda Dykes comes up with next.

Five Stars


  1. I really want to read this one!

    1. I think you'd love it. It's one of my favorites of the year. :)