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At Wave's End: A Novel Paperback – August 15, 2017
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About the Author
The author of the novel Deliver Her, Patricia Perry Donovan is an American journalist who writes about health care. Several years ago, she began writing fiction, and since then, her work has appeared in literary journals such as the Bookends Review, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Flash Fiction Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, and Hippocampus Magazine. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband. Connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatriciaPerryDonovanBooks/ and on Twitter @PatPDonovan. Learn more at www.patriciaperrydonovan.com.
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I appreciate the way that Patricia Perry Donovan, author for "At Wave's End" writes about the devastations of a Hurricane, and how her amazing storytelling skills depict the community and people. The genre of this book is fiction, but it is based on the devastation of Hurricane Sandy 5 years ago. In this novel, the Hurricane is called Nadine, and Nadine is a formidable force to deal with. The timeline of the story is in the present, and the location takes place mainly on the Jersey Shore, and also in Brooklyn, New York, and Miami.
The author describes her characters as complex and complicated, possibly due to the nature of the situation. The characters are strong, courageous, colorful, quirky, and are like many of the people in our neighborhoods. The characters in this story are diverse.The characters have problems and secrets that affect their lives. I found the story intriguing, and bonded with many of the characters.
Faith Sterling is a chef working in Brooklyn, and often has disagreements with her mother Connie, who at times does compulsive things. It seems that Connie has entered a contest and "won" a Bed and Breakfast Inn called "Wave's End" located at the Jersey shore. Of course, " Waves End" is not as it appears in the pictures, and needs much repair work to make it more presentable. Faith heads to the Jersey shore when a Hurricane is imminent to help her mother.
The hurricane causes a tremendous amount of damage displacing families, their pets, and their belongings. Power is out. In the worst of circumstances, the best in people can be seen. People in the community band together to help one another. "Wave's End" Inn is used to give temporary housing to those people in the community who have lost their homes.
Even in times of adversity, the author shows how the people in the community help one another in ways that they can. The author discusses the importance of family, friends, love, and hope.
I liked almost all the characters, and I certainly hope that Patricia Perry Donovan writes another book about them. I highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy fiction, romance and colorful characters. Happy Reading!
This was an absolutely beautiful story. At first Faith really annoyed me with how rude and judgemental she was but as the story progressed she seemed to have relaxed a bit. I think going through that storm and being around those people really helped her to let her walls down. She listened to their stories and helped them the best she could. It even changed things in her relationship with her mother. This book showed how much a community could come together after a devastating storm. As I read this book it brought back the memories of what happened in my hometown and all the surrounding areas after Hurricane Harvey. And what our communities did to help each other out. You truely see the kindness of others after something like that.
I think this might have been one of the longest e-books I have read, or so it seemed anyway.
Very good book, beautiful story & beautifully written.
Thanks to the author for sending me a signed bookplate. There was no expectation of a favorable review.
This was a light, heartwarming story about personal discovery and a community bonding together.
The personal discovery part is about the main character, Faith. She is a chef in New York City and is distrustful of almost everyone. After her mother wins a B&B, Faith goes along with her to check the place out. Faith remains skeptical of the B&B business, the B&B owner, and various other locals. After a hurricane alters her plans and she stays at the B&B to help her mother, she encounters people without ulterior motives and that are wanting to help. Faith learns some things about herself that help her personal growth.
The community bonding part is about a small coastal town, Wave’s End, that gets hit with a hurricane and comes together to rebuild. The locals work together with cleanup efforts and getting help for those who need it most. The people support each other and are there to lift one another’s spirits when everything seems to be falling apart.
I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway.
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