Tuesday, July 19, 2022

HOPE BEYOND THE WAVES by Heidi Chiavaroli, Reviewed by Nicole Cook


Award winning author Heidi Chiavaroli takes readers on a powerful journey of forgiveness and hope during the darkest of times in her newest release, Hope Beyond the Waves. This time-slip novel follows the historical storyline of young Gertie and her older sister Atta on Penikese Island in 1916, and the 1993 storyline of teenager Emily who is sent away to stay with her grandmother in order to avoid a family scandal.

Heidi Chiavaroli is known for writing incredible time-slip novels that tackle difficult topics while, at the same time, drawing readers closer to their faith. This is the first time I have read a novel dealing with leprosy in the 20th century. The feelings of being an outcast and the social stigma these characters experienced in both storylines, although due to difference reasons, paired with hope and God's everlasting love for us was an incredibly powerful message for readers. With well-developed characters and a fascinating storyline, this novel is one that readers will not want to put down.

Hope Beyond the Waves is highly recommended for readers who enjoy women's fiction and dual timeline novels with light romance.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.


BackCover Blurb:
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.
Hope Creek Publishers, June 28, 2022
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