For competitive surfer Claire "Pepper" Patton, the waves of South Carolina’s Folly Beach once held the promise of a loving future and a bright career—until her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire's best friend, Jill, were in love.
Eighteen years later, now forty-two and a struggling single parent to a rebellious teenage daughter, Claire has put miles between that betrayal and that coast. But when ESPN invites her back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was.
But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Foster’s teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to bury—and bring to the surface years of unspoken blame.
When Claire crosses paths with a sexy pro-surfer who is as determined to get Claire back on a board as he is to get her in his bed, a chance for healing might not be far behind—or is it too late for two estranged friends to find forgiveness in the place that was once their coastal paradise, where life was spent barefoot and love was as dizzying as the perfect wave...
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Pepper Patton grew up in a family who kept secrets and she never wanted it for herself. Her first summer in Folly Beach – becoming a competitive surfer and falling in love showed her what she thought was the perfect life. Until the day it all came crashing down around her ears when her fiancé and first love Foster told her he and her best friend, Jill, were in love. Pepper left Folly Beach thinking she’d never return. When ESPN invites Pepper, now going by her given name – Claire, back to Folly Beach for a special on female surfers she accepts. Claire has a failed marriage under her belt and a teenager who wants nothing to do with her. Perhaps revisiting Folly Beach will give Claire the much needed closure on the past. Not everyone is happy to see Claire – especially not Jill, widowed by Foster and raising his son. IT COMES IN WAVES is a hauntingly beautiful and heart-shattering novel. Readers feel every bit of the characters’ feelings along with them, viscerally. My heart ached for Claire, and even for Jill. IT COMES IN WAVES masterfully shows the complexity of female friendships and the relationships between mothers and daughters. The author has created a novel every woman can relate it in one way or another. You’ll need a box of tissues next to you when reading about the aftermath from the destruction of the perfect summer. IT COMES IN WAVES shows how you must sometimes revisit the place of your greatest pain to be able to move past it. An excellent novel which I highly recommend!
This is the perfect summer read. Surf, sand, love, betrayal, friendship. This novel has it all and more. I love the way the author moved the story gracefully back and forth between the present and the past. I simply adored this storyline. Thinking back to carefree days. I can’t wait to read more from Erika Marks. I was delighted to win this novel in a contest by Book-alicious Mama.
Erika Marks’ IT COMES IN WAVES, a riveting story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, mother and daughter dynamics, and starting over even at age 42. (Love the front cover!) Claire Patton’s life is about to change when she receives a phone call from ESPN, requesting an interview with her on Folly Beach, SC. You see, Claire, now a divorced teacher and mother of a teenage daughter, was a former surfer, and had her life planned out until everything changed. Her daughter does not even know about her former life. When Claire was in her early 20s, she was in love with Foster and friends with Jill and Shep. One night their lives changed and Claire left Folly Beach and moved to Colorado. She left her surfer days behind, or so she thought until the call from ESPN. She decides to take them up on the offer as a free trip for some relaxation time. However, seeing Jill brings back all the painful memories. Claire has to deal with her relationship with her daughter and also her former friend, Jill. In the midst of the turmoil, she meets a sexy pro-surfer who may be able to get her back on a surf board, plus much more; while she learns to live with her life and put the past behind. Fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Joanne DeMaio, Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Shelley Noble will appreciate Erika Marks’ style, as she flashes back and forth from past to present for a relaxing summer beach read, where every wave tells a story of love lost, and found! If you loved The Guest House, you will enjoy IT COMES IN WAVES-- We all know life starts at age 40!
I enjoyed this very much! U wont be wasting your money if u purchase