You know that joy of discovering a new favorite author? That wonderful warmth of settling into a beautiful story and not wanting it to end? Well, friends, this story was one of those for me. Whose Waves These Are is a book not to be missed. It’s easily one of my favorites of 2019.

The author’s voice from the get-go was so poignant and powerful. Even poetic. The story felt completely fresh and new. The characters felt like part of the family and the small Maine village became a place I longed to visit in real life.

As the layers and secrets build one upon another, I didn’t want to put the book down. The unexpected gave way to a powerful message of hope and healing and family. So many unforgettable stories packed within one book – stories of finding refuge, fighting bravely, honoring lost loved ones, sharing the light, letting go of the past. My heart is so full after reading them all.

After I reached the end and wiped the tears from my eyes, my next thought was… Everyone should read this book. It truly is a treasure. I will be watching this talented author for more well-crafted and heartfelt tales. And I hope you do the same.


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. 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.

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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 Weekly, Readers’ 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.