At Wave's End: A Novel

At Wave's End: A Novel

by Patricia Perry Donovan

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Overview

At Wave's End: A Novel by Patricia Perry Donovan

After a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she’s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she’s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith’s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave’s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.

When a hurricane ravages the coast, Faith is torn between supporting the shore rescue and bailing out her beleaguered boss. But the storm dredges up deceptions and emotional debris that threaten to destroy the inn’s future and her fragile bonds with her mother.

As the women struggle to salvage both the inn and their relationship, Faith begins to see herself and Connie in a new light—and to realize that some moments are better left to chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503939387
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 681,331
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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At Wave's End: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sparkling_City More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Story I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was asked in return for an honest review. 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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A perfect mother daughter story that isn't too cheesy, but is completely heartfelt. Faith Sterling has lived in New York City for awhile and is loving being a chef in a kitchen where she can create what comes to mind. Her mother Connie enters all sorts of contests and is searching for the next thing always. Connie enters THE contest and wins a B&B on the coast of New Jersey and Faith has to come to the rescue.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW OF "AT WAVE'S END" by PATRICIA  PERRY DONOVAN 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!
JCanJenner More than 1 year ago
What has Connie gotten herself into this time? Faith, sweet, frustrated Faith, has had it to the moon and stars with her mother’s contest entries and pyramid schemes. Each time, will be the time it will work out. This time is, of course, no different. Connie is so close to retirement and pension when she up and wins a B&B on the Jersey coast by writing an essay to the current owner. Faith, let’s just say, is a little less than thrilled. A chef in NYC, she has rescued her mother more times than she can count and is not looking forward to having to do it again. Donovan whips up a wonderful tale of mother and daughter at odds, during a hurricane no less. Each dealing with their own issues, separately and together, throw in some whacky local charm, some unexpected guests, and you have yourself a wonderful book to ride out the storm. I’d like to thank the author, Patricia Perry Donovan, and Lake Union Publishing for the honor of receiving this book in exchange for an unbiased review and of course NetGalley for the technology to make it possible.