Riley Brennan is a freshman at Grande Falls High School; the only high school in the quaint New England town. When tragedy strikes her family, she is forced to search deep inside her core for the strength to handle its rip tide effects. Sam Patrick, her best friend since preschool, does her best to help Riley tread water. Riley's instinct is to retreat and withdraw from the world. However, her spunky Nana Catherine has other ideas. As her freshman year comes to an end, Riley learns she will spend the summmer at Nana Catherine's house on Cape Cod, just in time for the Gull's Point Summer Festival. The house holds many childhood memories for Riley and her younger sister, Jessica. The two sisters enjoy spending their days at the beach, as well as reliving family traditions. When Riley meets a local lifeguard named Doyle, her thoughts, actions and expectations of the world are challenged. Riley tries her best to prevent Doyle from getting too close, but she soon learns that because of something special in his past, he has a way of understanding her like no one else. With the help of Doyle, Nana Catherine, her world famous lemonade, and the magic of the ocean, Riley is able to appreciate the importance of her friends and family, and the necessity of letting some people in. Riley's jouney compels her to discover who she is, as well as the difference between family values and the value of family.

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Memoir, Young Adult Novels



Waves Crashing is a beautifully-told story of a family trying to cope with the loss of a wife and mother. The reader gets a real sense of the grief that each member of the family is experiencing, as well as the healing process that each member goes through. The recurrent theme is the importance of family and friends during difficult times. Author Wendy P. Jones, does an excellent job with character development. Their feelings and reactions are all believable, and the reader is truly able to connect with them. The Cape Cod setting is also a perfect place for the healing process to occur. This is a wonderful story for anyone who has had to cope with the loss of a loved one. I would highly recommend it.

Sherry Ellis - Author of  That Mama is a Grouch and  That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN!


This book is great! It is the author's first book, but certainly won't be her last. The story captivates you from the first chapter. Lessons to be learned by teens and adults throughout the story. Heartwarming and real.


SharonRI - Reader

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