Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Review, Split Time

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

I have been eagerly anticipating a full-length novel from Amanda Dykes since reading her novella in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection and Whose Waves These Are is one phenomenal story!

about the book

In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper asking readers to send rocks in honor of loved ones to create something life-giving but the building halts when tragedy strikes. Decades later, Annie returns to the coastal Maine town where stone ruins spark her curiosity and her search for answers faces a battle against time.

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my thoughts

In my opinion, this book needs to be on every reader’s must-read list! Whose Waves These Are captivated me from the first line and even after I’ve lovingly set the story on my all-time favorites shelf, it continues to tug at my reader heart.

Annie, Robert, and all the wonderful secondary character citizens of Ansel-by-the-Sea, Maine are charming, endearing, and inspiring! I love each and every aspect of this story more than I can say! Amanda Dykes is a masterfully talented storyteller and her words paint this impactful tale with rich emotion and spiritual truths.

The experience of reading this book is a journey of heartfelt discovery and I can’t risk spoiling even a tiny bit of your enjoyment by saying anything more! I urge you to pick it up this story of honor, sacrifice, duty, family, and love to enjoy without delay! (Then grab the novella, Up From the Sea, and savor it as well!)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours.

She’s a former English teacher, and her novella, Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale, was met with critical acclaim from Publishers WeeklyReaders’ Favorite, and more. She is also the author of a novella in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection.

Whose Waves These Are is her debut novel. Visit her website!


also available

The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection

Up From the Sea is available individually as an ebook or as part of the Love at Last collection in print. I also highly recommend The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection featuring five connected novellas.

I’m LOVING these wonderful stories with multiple timelines! Do you enjoy the dual time, split time, or slip time stories (depending on what you prefer to call them), reader friends?!

10 thoughts on “Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes”

  1. I loved this book! I can’t say enough good things about it. It is a winner and Amanda is an author to keep your eye on! There is another free novella: Bespoke: A tiny little Christmas story.
    I am fond of dual time books. Jaime Jo Wright and Joanna Politano come to mind as excellent also!


  2. This book is fantastic! Definitely on my list for best books of the year! I predict a lot of awards in Amanda’s future!
    Thanks for the review!


  3. I’ve heard great things about “Whose Waves are These,” but haven’t read it. I’ll have to remember it for next time I want to try a new-to-me historical author. So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


  4. My review TBR is so super duper high right now and I said I wasn’t going to add anything to it until I got it smaller again, but all of the reviews for this one have me ready to click away for it anyways!


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