Friday, July 22, 2022

Hope Beyond the Waves


From award-winning author Heidi Chiavaroli comes a sweeping dual timeline story that explores hope and enduring love in the midst of the impossible.

Massachusetts, 1993

After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten?

Massachusetts, 1916

Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way.

On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul?

A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope.

My thoughts: This wound up being the perfect book for me to read right now, since my family has just gone through a heartbreaking loss and I needed the message of hope that this story offered. I love how the two stories fit together, the one of a young pregnant teenager and the other of a young woman whose life is uprooted when she finds out she has a debilitating disease. I loved the historical details in this story and learning more about Penikese Island. I also wish that there was more focus on Emily's story, since I loved what developed there. This story does a wonderful job of delivering a message of hope among the pain and how good can come out of terrible situations. I highly recommend picking this story up! 

I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review.

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