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Book Review- Whose Waves These Are

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You know what? It’s about time for another book review, don’t ya think? I just finished this book and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

~ Whose Waves These Are ~

I don’t read many adult fiction books but I’ve had my eye on this one for ages and figured it was time to read it. And I was not disappointed!


Title: Whose Waves These Are // Author: Amanda Dykes // Genre: Historical Fiction // Publication Year & House: 2019, Bethany House // Unique Elements: Dual-timeline, small town in Maine, complex history, subtle romance.


What It’s About:

“In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper: a rallying cry for hope, purpose . . . and rocks. Its message? 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 harbor village on the coast of Maine, and he sets his callused hands to work.

Decades later, Annie Bliss is summoned back to Ansel-by-the-Sea when GrandBob, the man who gave her refuge during the hardest summer of her youth, is the one in need of help. But what greets her is a mystery: a wall of heavy boxes hiding in his home. Memories of stone ruins on a nearby island ignite a fire in her anthropologist soul to uncover answers.

Together with the handsome and enigmatic town postman, Annie uncovers the story layer by layer, yearning to resurrect the hope GrandBob once held so dear and to know the truth behind the chasm in her family’s past. But mending what has been broken for so long may require more of her and those she loves than they are prepared to give.”

(credit to the publisher)

My Thoughts:

Things To Be Aware Of:

Practically nothing! There is a romance plot but it was so mild and enjoyable (and I’m sensitive to the intensity/cleanliness of romance stories!), so with that there is kisses, hand-holding, etc. There’s one sea-burial as well.

My Review:

This book was so absolutely charming, cozy, and heart-warming!! It was so slow but I mean that in a compliment because it kept my attention throughout the whole book which is so impressive!! I adored every minute of this.

The small-town feel of Ansel-By-The-Sea was so idyllic, I wanted to move there! I loved how many side-characters there were, each with their own developed plot that made Ansel feel so real!

The male main character, Jeremiah was just fantastic. So sweet, so down-to-earth, so solid, and yet so complex!! The romance was so perfect, there was something about this relationship that was so heart-warming. I loved how it wasn’t trying to take over the plot, in fact it was barely even there–but that made it speak even louder!

The dual-timeline was so well done, I loved getting to live two different parts of their history!

And every plot and relationship and story was so stunningly woven together in the gorgeous web!

Just… so lovely . Definitely a re-read.


My Heart Rating (out of 5):


Have I convinced you to read it yet?? You can check out Amanda Dykes’ website and buy the books here!


Have you read Whose Waves These Are before? If so, what did you think? What are some of your favorite historical fiction books? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Until next time,

Bella 👋🏻

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16 Responses

  1. Hi, Bella! This is such a beautiful website! <3 This book sounds so beautiful and charming! I'll definitely have to look into it!
    The title reminds me of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The first line in that book is something like "Whose woods these are…"

    1. Hi, Autumn! Aw, thank you so much!
      Yes, you should definitely read it. (:
      Oo, that sounds like a lovely poem- I’ll have to see if I can read it sometime!
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I’ve heard about this book and wanted to read it, but I had no idea what it was about or anything. Imagine my surprise when this popped up in my inbox! I definitely want to read this now. It’s going on my (very) long reading list.

  3. Ooo, I’ve been wanting to read an Amanda Dykes book. Sounds like she’s pretty awesome! Thanks for the review, Bella!

    1. You definitely should, especially since you are writing a WW2 historical fiction! I think you’d like it a lot! You’re welcome, thanks for commenting! <3

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