Review All the Breaking Waves: A Novel by Kerry Lonsdale

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: A Novel by [Lonsdale, Kerry]


Editorial Reviews


An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Literature & Fiction Category

A Liz & Lisa Best Book of the Month

A Top 100 Kindle Bestseller of 2017

“Blending elements of magic and mystery, All the Breaking Waves is a compelling portrayal of one mother’s journey as she grapples with her small daughter’s horrific visions that force her to confront a haunting secret from her past. Examining issues of love, loss, and the often-fragile ground of relationships and forgiveness, this tenderly told story will have you turning the pages long past midnight.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, author of Faultlines

“With a touch of the paranormal, All the Breaking Waves is an emotional story about lost love, family secrets, and finding beauty in things people fear…or simply discard. A perfect book club pick!” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of Echoes of Family

“A masterful tale of magic realism and family saga. With its heartfelt characters, relationships generational and maternal, and a long-ago romance, we are drawn into Molly’s world. While her intuitive gifts may be ethereal, her fears and hopes for her daughter and personal desires are extraordinarily relatable. Woven with a thread of pure magic, Lonsdale crafts an intriguing story of love, mystery, and family loyalty that will captivate and entertain readers.” —Laura Spinella, bestselling author of Ghost Gifts

Top customer reviews

Carol Boyer
I was swept away to a magical place with this beautiful story, All The Breaking Waves! From the first descriptions of Molly’s treasured sea glass, I felt like I was on the beach with her sensing the incredible feeling of finding these wonderful colorful pieces. Molly’s keen talent for designing jewelry from sea glass was like her innate ability, the incredible gift she had for sensing premonitions. She feared this surreal ability that she and her daughter Cassie also had. Cassie was experiencing terrible nightmares and held unspeakable danger that Molly had to stop. Her grandmother also had this ability but would not speak to Molly about it, nor would she share the secrets that she held about herself. Owen was Molly’s love that she had run from years ago. She fought her renewed feelings for him but still kept her secrets; she needed him. I loved this story, the warmth feelings depicted, the dogs Mudd and Dirt, the waves, the beach, the delicious dishes in Nana’s kitchen, the love that existed between Mothers and daughters. I laughed and cried, with characters that became so real. A story full of love, of family, children’s fun, suspense, romance, yet excruciating fear, and heartbreaking sadness. This was delightful and rich story you won’t want to end. There is magic in sea glass treasures, and in this must read book you don’t want to miss.
Cheryl Anderson
The plot, characters, and story felt new. Lonsdale weaves complex situations, people, and plot lines into a fast-paced, beautiful story.
Kindle Customer
I liked the bond of family and close friends in this book. The whole family had a ‘gift’ that was the same but of different usage. They dealt with the good and negativities of these ‘gifts”. There are a few twist in this book that makes this book is worth reading. And can I just say, I fell in love with Owen.


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