From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.
After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.
Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment - something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she'd never move back to - home to Pacific Grove.
A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.
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Liked it a lot
A unique premise, strong characters.
This is not a story about a family with supernatural abilities. And yet, it is. I appreciated how the experiences of Molly and her daughter Cassie unfolded in an unexpected and creative setting. In this novel, the multi-dimensional characters take center stage, and their ‘gifts’ are more of a backdrop. Taking place over 5 days (with a short epilogue), the story maintained pace and didn’t rush at the end (although the last few chapters were exciting and surprising). Overall, it keep me entertained and I was curious to know what would happen next. The romance was predictable, unrealistic, and over-wrought, but I know some people love that. The family interactions were powerfully realistic – there were serious conflicts between 4 generations, and the dialogue was very believable (and because I’ve experienced some of the issues represented, almost scary).
Regarding the Audible narration, I thought this narrator was a very good pick for the novel. Bizarrely, there were two errors – at one point early in the story, Molly refers to her daughter as “Casey” (her name is Cassie). Later, Molly calls Nana (who is her grandmother) “Mom”. Neither of these things affected the outcome, but they were distracting.
I read this after finishing Kerry Lonsdale’s other novel, Everything We Keep. which I rated it 3 stars. Having read both, I’m impressed. For one thing, this is an altogether superior novel to Everything We Keep, which was written earlier. That says excellent things for how she will continue to progress as a writer. Secondly, in both books, she is able to create strong characters and a world where they can interact. Additionally, I loved the premise of both books – very unique and unexpected. As a reader, it’s refreshing to not be reading the ‘same old story’. I will be keeping my eye on this author.