Monday, December 19, 2016

All the Breaking Waves (Review)

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.
All the Breaking Waves
Kerry Lonsdale
Pub Date: 12/6/2016
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Romance
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Kerry Lonsdale's All the Breaking Waves follows Molly Brennan as she and her daughter attempt to fight against a foretold future that ends in death. The women in Molly's family have special gifts, but to Molly it's more a curse than a blessing. Her daughter's abilities manifest in premonitions and terrifying nightmares. When Cassie sees her mother's impending death, Molly decides it's time to go back home to Pacific Grove for help.

The story starts off with a bang as readers are introduced to the main characters and teased with learning about Molly's past. But once the mix of good and bad memories that linger in her childhood home are revealed the story comes to a standstill. A great deal of the plot focuses on Molly waiting to die because she doesn't know the details of Cassie's premonitions and trying to put her affairs into order. She works through her insecurities regarding her gift and rekindles a romance with her first love.

All the Breaking Waves didn't take me where I expected it to. A little more fire between Molly and Owen or a little more drama in general would have taken this story to the next level. I almost wouldn't even consider this a romance because the romance was downplayed and left to the background. Regardless, readers will be met with a tale of hope and self-discovery.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*



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