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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451418867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451418869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Novels of Erika Marks
 

“An intoxicating blend of love, lost and found.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Karen White
 
“Spicy, delicious, and filled with surprises.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani
 
“This is women’s fiction to be savored.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

About the Author

A native New Englander who was raised in Maine, Erika Marks has worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator, and a carpenter. She is the author of The Guest House, The Mermaid Collector and Little Gale Gumbo.

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Some books are wonderful one-time reads; others invite return visits.
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Shortly after, she broke up with Shep telling him she was pregnant with Foster’s child and that they were in love.
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The novel is a story of love and redemption and of friendship and forgiveness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith D. Collins on July 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Erika Marks’ IT COMES IN WAVES, a riveting story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, mother and daughter dynamics, and starting over even at age 42. (Loved the front cover!)

Claire Patton’s life is about to change when she receives a phone call from ESPN, requesting an interview with her on Folly Beach, SC. You see, Claire, now a divorced teacher and mother of a teenage daughter, was a former surfer, and had her life planned out until everything changed.

Her daughter does not even know about her former life. When Claire was in her early 20s, she was in love with Foster and friends with Jill and Shep. One night their lives changed and Claire left Folly Beach and moved to Colorado. She left her surfer days behind, or so she thought until the call from ESPN.

She decides to take them up on the offer as a free trip for some relaxation time. However, seeing Jill brings back all the painful memories. Claire has to deal with her relationship with her daughter and also her former friend, Jill. In the midst of the turmoil, she meets a sexy pro-surfer who may be able to get her back on a surf board, plus much more; while she learns to live with her life and put the past behind.

Fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Joanne DeMaio, Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Shelley Noble will appreciate Erika Marks’ style, as she flashes back and forth from past to present for a relaxing summer beach read, where every wave tells a story of love lost, and found!

If you loved The Guest House, you will enjoy IT COMES IN WAVES-- We all know life starts at age 40!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet on July 5, 2014
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I loved that this book explores the innocence of young love and the wondrous nature of love later in life. It is the reconciliation of both with a person within each of us that makes this novel so poignant . Relationships of many kinds are explored in this fragile novel, like waves we all struggle with all kinds! ErikaMarks is simply a master of words and characters !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book-alicious Mama on July 9, 2014
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For competitive surfer Claire "Pepper" Patton, South Carolina's coast, specifically Folly Beach held such promise for her as a teenager. It was the place that held her future (husband, home, 2.5 children, picket fence) and career, until her fiance, Foster, tells Claire that he's in love with her best friend, Jill. The feeling is mutual and with that announcement all three of their lives change.

Fastforward 18 years and Claire is no longer a teenager with the world in her palm. She's 42 years old and a struggling single mother to a rebellious teenage daughter. While Claire has managed to put 18 years and that much mileage between Folly Beach and her ultimate betrayal, she is lured back when ESPN wants her to participate in a documentary on women in surfing. Claire decides that is what she needs to regain control of her life, and remind herself of who she used to be.

It Comes in Waves is the quintessential summer read and has all the "must-read" elements: betrayal, lost love, the beach. But at its heart It Comes in Waves is about relationships and THIS is the terrain that Marks excels at. She examines relationships between friends, lovers, mothers and their children. The tensions she creates between Claire and Jill is palpable, even long after the women have moved on with their lives. You witness Claire come to terms with the loss of her first love and her best friend. And you feel those emotions come back 18 years later but as raw as they were on day one.

They’d burned through whole nights in this room, gossiping and complaining, crying and laughing. They’d shared dreams; they’d shared secrets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.McM on July 6, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I must comment that the author has a funny writing style. When she is referencing a character, rather than saying "she walked over to the sink", she writes "she, Claire, walked over to the sink." at times I found this annoying or felt the author maybe thought the readers wouldn't be "smart" enough to determine who "she" was. I would have liked the book to continue a little longer so I could find out if Claire returns to Folly the following summer.
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By P. Blevins on August 5, 2014
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It Comes in Waves is by Erika Marks. This book is about surfing, being a teenager’s mom, being a teenager/young adult, and breaking out on your own. It is also about betrayal and breaking up. It is an easy read ; but a good one. It takes place at Folly Beach near Charleston, South Carolina.
Claire Patton is a divorced history teacher and now single mother. Her ex-husband is a professor at the nearby college. Although they share custody of their daughter Lizzie, she lives with Claire. Claire is concerned with the boy Lizzie is going with. Colin Jefferson is bad news. He constantly skips school and does not take the consequences of his own actions. From the text messages she read on Lizzie’s phone, Claire is afraid Lizzie will run off with Colin. She is doing her best to break them up much to Lizzie’s embarrassment. While waiting for Lizzie to come home from a forbidden time with Colin (she had skipped school), Claire gets a phone call from Adam Williams of ESPN’s show To the Extreme about pioneering women in sports. They are doing a documentary about women surfers and want Claire to be in it. Filming will take place in Folly Beach and they will pay all her expenses. To get them off the phone, Claire agrees. Later she uses this as an excuse to get out of town with Lizzie. Claire really does not want to return to Folly Beach.
Claire had come to Folly Beach with her parents to visit some friends of theirs. Later, Claire was to learn that her father and the wife of the couple they were visiting had been having an affair for years. Both spouses knew about it and did nothing which blew Claire’s mind. Her father was so controlling and so concerned with appearance that she was amazed he would endanger this with an affair. However, he did.
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