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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for All the Breaking Waves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Kudos to Kerry Lonsdale for breaking out into something new; while this story holds true to her previous themes that fall heavily in the womens fiction genre, this story had an entirely different feel to it. Ill be honest, I didnt realize based on the description that this book had a paranormal element to it, but the author played it off well and gave it more of a magical realism projection than anything too heavily supernatural. While Everything We Keep did deal with some heavier subjects, the Kudos to Kerry Lonsdale for breaking out into something new; while this story holds true to her previous themes that fall heavily in the women’s fiction genre, this story had an entirely different feel to it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize based on the description that this book had a paranormal element to it, but the author played it off well and gave it more of a magical realism projection than anything too heavily supernatural. While Everything We Keep did deal with some heavier subjects, the overall feeling was light, romantic, and uplifting. All the Breaking Waves also contains some of that carefree, romantic aspect but is overall more serious, dramatic, and heavy. I’m really pleased that the author has shown how versatile her writing is; not just anyone could bring out the best in all different subjects and make them work together how they should. This truly falls more in the mystery and suspense category, as there is an ongoing tension and gritty compulsion to this story that makes it a teeth grinding ride. Having young daughters myself, I was able to place us in those character’s shoes easily and feel what it must have been like for Molly and Cassie to experience such disturbing, nightmarish abilities. I cannot imagine being so thoroughly helpless in assisting my daughter’s escape from her destiny that nowhere on earth was far enough to run. Once they decide to pack up for a visit to Nana’s house, we begin to experience a bit of the back story behind Molly’s abilities early on as well. I found these passages the most interesting and easiest to read. This was a complex, multi-layered story full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue; Kerry Lonsdale has proven once again that her talent extends far beyond light and fluffy chick lit. This was extremely well written, proven by how difficult it was for me to stomach at times due to so vividly picturing the characters and how it might feel to be placed in their unattractive scenario. I love how the author always includes a glimmer of hope to keep her books fresh and current; even while we’re dealing with the heavy subjects she manages to make them readable and relatable. If you like books with all the aspects of a mystery and suspense, but hate the shallow feel of most thrillers, this book might be the one for you. Take a chance on this one and peel back the layers to get to the heart of this tale; I think you’ll find this book is far from just another women’s fictional novel. *Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my early copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review. The paperback edition is truly one of the most beautiful covers I’ve had the privilege of viewing in 2016; it’s soft and perfectly ties into the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I've read amazing things about newer author, Kerry Lonsdale's, books, and this was my first one written by her. While there is a strong paranormal element (some of the women are "gifted" with insights of different types), the themes of the book are family secrets, mother-daughter relationships, grief, and loss. Lonsdale has a great writing style with impeccable pacing. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Molly Brennan is a single mother raising an eight year old daughter Cassie in California. Cassie is plagued with daily nightmares. These nightmares are horrible visions of life-threatening events that will happen to her friends at school. Molly grew up with these psychic abilities as did the generations of women before her. Cassie has warned a friend at school about a future event and saves the childs life. This is the second time Cassie has protected a classmate, and now Molly wants to protect Molly Brennan is a single mother raising an eight year old daughter Cassie in California. Cassie is plagued with daily nightmares. These nightmares are horrible visions of life-threatening events that will happen to her friends at school. Molly grew up with these psychic abilities as did the generations of women before her. Cassie has warned a friend at school about a future event and saves the child’s life. This is the second time Cassie has protected a classmate, and now Molly wants to protect her daughter from becoming alienated at school and the community. She decides to return home to seek guidance from her only living relative, her grandmother. Molly knows that she is going to have to confront her own unresolved issues surrounding lost love, tragedy, guilt, and mistakes. Can she get Cassie the help she needs to cope with her gifts? The characters in this book are very likable and I enjoyed their journeys. The emotional connection between mother and daughter is very strong and realistic. This book has a magical element that is not my typical genre but I found this a fun read. I thought I had the plot figured out but the author took me on a nice ride! Book Giveaway until 11/15 https://www.facebook.com/suzyapproved...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    Kerry Lonsdale continues with another heartfelt tale, following her debut, Everything We Keep, with her latest upcoming, ALL THE BREAKING WAVES an emotional family domestic suspense saga of dark secrets, mystery, and magical realism. Lonsdale paints a vivid portrait of a contemporary family filled with secrets, strife and ultimatelylove. ALL THE BREAKING WAVES is a mystery suspense with strong twists of romantic, historical, and paranormal elements. A talented sea glass artist, Molly Brennan Kerry Lonsdale continues with another heartfelt tale, following her debut, Everything We Keep, with her latest upcoming, ALL THE BREAKING WAVES —an emotional family domestic suspense saga of dark secrets, mystery, and magical realism. Lonsdale paints a vivid portrait of a contemporary family filled with secrets, strife and ultimately—love. ALL THE BREAKING WAVES is a mystery suspense with strong twists of romantic, historical, and paranormal elements. A talented sea glass artist, Molly Brennan whose daughter, gifted with visions, predicts Molly’s death. Molly has five days to outwit fate or make the ultimate sacrifice any parent can make. The daughter’s premonitions come with dangerous side-effects. Molly Brennan grew up in the Pacific Grove, a coastal town on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She loved the ocean and combing for treasures. She had once believed the surf-tumbled glass had come from mermaids. When the mythical creatures wept for sailors lost at sea, their tears hardened and washed ashore by the latest storm front. Mermaid tears were treasures, meant to be guarded close to one’s heart. They brought wishes of true love and kept you safe from those who meant harm. However, time had taught her two valuable lessons: Fairy tales and fables paled in comparison with real nightmares, and psychic abilities were a power, the human body should not possess. Years ago, Molly had left her home following a tragic accident. In the process, she also left the man she loved, Owen. Telling him she did not love him, but she did and always will. She was only trying to protect others around her. Her mom was murdered, and her dad died in a fatal car accident. She had no one left but her Nana, and she was getting old. And her daughter, she has to protect. Four generations of women with "the gift." A gift which could be a torture and misunderstood by many. Ordinary to extraordinary. Since this time, twelve years later Molly has made a home for herself and her eight-year-old daughter Cassie. Molly teaches art history at a local community college and makes jewelry from the glass she collects with a side business, selling to boutiques. They live a quiet life in San Luis Obispo in a small bungalow. However, now her worst nightmare is facing her head on. Cassie is experiencing horrific visions and debilitating nightmares. She is making predictions at school to keep her friends out of harm’s way. She is being bullied and frightening the parents, students, teachers, and her friends. Everyone thinks she is a freak. Mollie’s daughter Cassie has dreams, with premonitions. They were getting worse and more gruesome. The accidents she foresaw were followed by nightmares that recurred until the premonition came to pass. Her latest, she told her friend Grace she would be hit by a car on her bike, so she keeps telling her to be safe and wear a helmet. Maybe she could keep her from dying. To keep her from having brain damage. Both mother and daughter are desperate to have the visions go away. They were vicious little monsters. They only echoed Molly’s own grammar school experiences. The taunting and jeers, the cautious glances. It was easier to play the role of the social outcast than to explain the odd things she saw or seemed to make other people do. Cassie’s abilities had only recently manifested and Molly was worried she was already a social outcast. If only she could learn not to talk about them at school. After all, Molly knew how bad her father hated her abilities, so it was hard to force her daughter to keep quiet when those close to her were in danger. Things get out of control at school. Molly is called in by the principal and teachers. Instead of seeing a child psychologist, Molly knows there is only one person who could possibly help Cassie. Her grandmother, Nana Mary. In hopes of understanding and harnessing her gifts. She had to do something to help her daughter. The psychological damage, the nightmares, and the lack of sleep. The visions had become horrific. Tormenting. Now that Grace’s accident had come true, she was having the worst visions yet. Cassie sees her mother drowning. She couldn’t breathe and sees her dying. Molly is frantic and decides they need to pack up for a short visit with Nana Mary. She will be able to help control Cassie’s visions. However, how was she going to avoid the water when her Nana’s house was so close to the ocean? From guilt and regret, the unexpected. Her Nana is in poor health, and Owen has purchased the family home next door to her Nana. The one place she swore she would never come back to. The haunting memories. Returning to Pacific Grove always roused Molly’s own fears and doubts about her own abilities. From the past to present the author takes us back to four generations of women. All with psychic gifts. However, somewhere along the way, they were handled differently. From loss, love, and tragedy and second chances, Lonsdale takes delivers a compelling story of the strong bonds of family, and fears which haunt and destroy. Molly is forced into the unraveling of the events of the past: Her shame, her internal journey; guilt, her mother Shelia, domestic violence, her controlling father, her Nana, and her love for Owen and her daughter Cassie. As she faces her own fears she finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Pacific. Discovering unexpected treasures. Combined with suspense, mystery, romance, and magical realism the multi-generational saga has many parallels from the sea glass as trash turned into treasures similar to the lives of the characters. Their psychic gifts, on one hand, are viewed as evil, versus helpful or extraordinary. The twists and comparisons with Owen’s guilt, and Mollys. At the heart of the novel: Molly represents every parent faced with difficult, and sometimes life-threatening choices about a child’s well-being. Sacrifices for our children. An ongoing theme of facing decisions to either embrace or dismiss life choices. From acceptance, death, forgiveness, family, love, motherhood and sacrifice. For fans of Jayne Ann Krentz, Christina Dodd, Karen Robards, and Lisa Unger (romance, suspense, mystery, psychic, paranormal); Karen White, Sarah Addison Allen, Lisa Van Allen and Alice Hoffman (historical, magical realism). A multilayered mystery where interlinked stories, and generations, as well as unearthed secrets of a damaged family lead to courage and healing. Look forward to Everything We Left Behind, coming July 2017! A special thank you to the author, Lake Union, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JDCMustReadBooks

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was in the middle of a bunch of heavy books so this was just the ticket. It is lighter but still explores serious issues like control and alcoholism, with strong psychic women who make jewelry out of sea glass. (I'm a sucker for psychics.) This is probably classified as chick lit or romance and would make the perfect beach read. Thanks to the publisher for letting me read it early!

  6. 5 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    Update @ 10% Okay, Ive given it a full hour of audio time, or 10% of the total book, which is more than double my minimum 20 minutes that I usually give before DNFing a book. Its just not well-written. The narrative gives details from a first person point of view that normally belong to a 3rd person POV, even sometimes making observations that would be belong to 3rd person omniscient. Its just not plausible that someone is going to be so continuously self-aware of their own involuntary body Update @ 10% Okay, I’ve given it a full hour of audio time, or 10% of the total book, which is more than double my minimum 20 minutes that I usually give before DNF’ing a book. It’s just not well-written. The narrative gives details from a first person point of view that normally belong to a 3rd person POV, even sometimes making observations that would be belong to 3rd person omniscient. It’s just not plausible that someone is going to be so continuously self-aware of their own involuntary body language. This woman is so internally focused it’s a wonder she’s able to interact with the outside world at all. And the choice of telling us every damn moment to moment detail is exhausting. Who cares that she sighed before standing up and that she carried some bins (that were not critical to the scene or events) to her car? Or that they packed and loaded their car before setting off on an out of town trip? It's like death by a thousand paper cuts. Anyway, DNF at 10%. Dara Rosenberg’s reading was okay, but it couldn’t elevate the source material. Returned the book to Audible for a refund. I guess I’ll have to find another book for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 2 - Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover. Previous post @ 7% I looked over at Cassie, and my breath caught in my throat. She stood, frozen, her eyes moonlike circles as she stared at me. Her face paled. My heart lurched. I knew that look, and swore under my breath. Not another premonition. Give the girl a break. Cassie shrieked, and I jerked. The phone slipped from my fingers. She screamed again, high pitched, curdling my blood. What had she seen? Who had she seen? I glanced around the park. There wasn’t anyone we knew. She always knew the people in her visions. “Mommy!” She ran to me and slammed into my stomach. She pounded me with her fists, still screaming my name. This was a bad one. The worst one yet. I couldn’t imagine the nightmares she’d have this time. How can this author use so many words to convey so little? This writing style is just not engaging at all. I feel as though I’m just being fed information.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com I absolutely loved Lonsdales debut novel Everything We Keep and after reading her follow up All The Breaking Waves I am now an even bigger fan. This book had all the same wonderful elements that shone so beautifully in EWK; polished writing, a gripping plot and characters that leave a lasting impression. Molly was a character that I could relate to on all levels. Shes a mom who loves her eight year old daughter, Cassie and will do anything to All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com I absolutely loved Lonsdale’s debut novel Everything We Keep and after reading her follow up All The Breaking Waves I am now an even bigger fan. This book had all the same wonderful elements that shone so beautifully in EWK; polished writing, a gripping plot and characters that leave a lasting impression. Molly was a character that I could relate to on all levels. She’s a mom who loves her eight year old daughter, Cassie and will do anything to protect her. I have an eight year old daughter as well, so this definitely struck a chord with me. All of the women in their family have special gifts in the form of premonitions and while this sounds inherently amazing, there are definitely downfalls. Molly struggles to let Cassie live the life of a normal little girl despite her special gifts. I can’t imagine trying to explain paranormal abilities to a child when they don’t even make sense to most adults. This is so much more than a typical women’s fiction novel, it seamlessly blends genres in a style that is uniquely Lonsdale’s own. There is suspense, magical realism, drama, deep family histories, and romance. Somehow this all works perfectly and even though I don’t normally read much with a paranormal aspect, it added something special to the story here. There were some nice twists here, which for some reason I didn’t expect, I’m not sure why, I should have known better after all the turns in EWK! Lonsdale has a spellbinding quality to her writing that make her books real page turners. There are also several themes present here and some great discussions could stem from the topics, perfect for a book club.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Princessdarcy

    This book was the worst kind of ridiculous! I had hopes for it based on the premise that it started out with but the author seemed not to know if the abilities were believable or something out of a fantasy novel. Premonitions I can get behind the part where she starts alluding to her abilities being able to compel people to do things against their will was a bit misplaced. The author is not talented enough for the way that shes chosen to write this book which is with a lot sentence fragments in This book was the worst kind of ridiculous! I had hopes for it based on the premise that it started out with but the author seemed not to know if the ‘abilities’ were believable or something out of a fantasy novel. Premonitions I can get behind… the part where she starts alluding to her ‘abilities’ being able to compel people to do things against their will was a bit misplaced. The author is not talented enough for the way that she’s chosen to write this book which is with a lot sentence fragments… in the hands of a skilled writer, it’s often a poetic and intriguing way of describing feelings/emotions and surroundings… this missed the mark. I have a lot more to say but I honestly can’t remember what was spoiler and what isn’t… I CAN tell you that the ending was like a wilted balloon… soft and stretched out. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this book and now that I’ve gotten around to writing my review, I can forget I ever wasted time reading it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3.5 - 4 stars Listened to the audible version on a recent car trip - I liked it. A family of gifted females - grandmother (Nana), mother, daughter (Molly), grand-daughter (Cassie) - suffering from trauma and loss. The daughter leaves home and the love of her life (Owen) when her mother dies at the hands of her abusive father. The daughter and grandmother suffer from guilt - grandmother because she talked her own daughter into leaving her abusive husband and the daughter because she thinks she 3.5 - 4 stars Listened to the audible version on a recent car trip - I liked it. A family of gifted females - grandmother (Nana), mother, daughter (Molly), grand-daughter (Cassie) - suffering from trauma and loss. The daughter leaves home and the love of her life (Owen) when her mother dies at the hands of her abusive father. The daughter and grandmother suffer from guilt - grandmother because she talked her own daughter into leaving her abusive husband and the daughter because she thinks she used her gift to bring about her abusive father's death. Molly suppressed her gifts because of her abusive father. Her daughter, Cassie, becomes as talented as Molly's mother. An incident at school has Molly and Cassie returning to their Nana's house - Molly confronts old ghosts. Cassie has a premonition about Molly's death. Molly and Owen meet again. While this book had some tropes that I usually dislike, they were handled very well by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    All the Breaking Waves was an enjoyable read that had an interesting and unique plot I wasn't expecting. After fleeing from her home in Pacific Grove twelve years ago, Molly has avoided returning as much as possible. Instead she has made a life for herself and her eight year old daughter Cassie teaching art history and crafting jewelry made from sea glass. When Cassie begins experiencing horrific visions and nightmares, Molly knows she has to return home and seek the help of her grandmother. Once All the Breaking Waves was an enjoyable read that had an interesting and unique plot I wasn't expecting. After fleeing from her home in Pacific Grove twelve years ago, Molly has avoided returning as much as possible. Instead she has made a life for herself and her eight year old daughter Cassie teaching art history and crafting jewelry made from sea glass. When Cassie begins experiencing horrific visions and nightmares, Molly knows she has to return home and seek the help of her grandmother. Once there she is forced to face the decisions she made twelve years ago including seeing the man she loved whose heart she broke. Molly didn't have the most stable childhood with an alcoholic father and a mother who couldn't stand up to him. It was the circumstances that led to their deaths that caused Molly to leave home. But Molly is devoted to her daughter and would do anything to protect her even if it means facing the past she ran away from. Molly still feels a lot of guilt about what happened twelve years ago and is a master at avoiding those topics. Molly's daughter Cassie is a very sweet child and feels the need to help people. She gets quite upset when people don't listen to her and can throw some epic tantrums. Molly's grandmother Mary was the character that got on my nerves the most. She was incredibly secretive despite knowing they had a short timeline to work in and it irritated me that she always avoided difficult conversations. I also didn't like the way she disregarded Molly's wishes when it came to Cassie. Owen, Molly's first love, was my favorite character in the book. He's incredibly supportive and it was clear he never got over Molly. Despite the mention of visions in the description for this book, I somehow missed it had an element of the other to it. So I was quite surprised when it was almost immediately revealed that the women in Molly's family all have some type of extra ability. Because I was confused by this, my enjoyment of the book was lessened but that's my fault for missing that being mentioned in the description. The plot of this book centers around a vision Cassie has involving Molly and everything spirals from there. The pacing of the book is good and I was surprised by how things ended up. While I ultimately did enjoy All the Breaking Waves, I didn't like most of the characters and had a hard time connecting with them. I liked the author's writing enough though that I will check out her other books in the future. **I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Sissel

    Blending elements of magic and mystery, ALL THE BREAKING WAVES, is a compelling portrayal of one mothers journey as she grapples with her small daughters 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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Thanks to the author who provided me with a copy of this novel, through a giveaway. There was no requirement to do a review, however, I will do one all the same! Haunted by a tragic accident, Molly Brennan left her past behind and moved to a new city, hoping to raise her young daughter and forget about the mistakes in her past. When her daughter, Cassie, starts having horrible night terrors and psychic visions, Molly must return to the town she swore shed never move back to, and must face down Thanks to the author who provided me with a copy of this novel, through a giveaway. There was no requirement to do a review, however, I will do one all the same! Haunted by a tragic accident, Molly Brennan left her past behind and moved to a new city, hoping to raise her young daughter and forget about the mistakes in her past. When her daughter, Cassie, starts having horrible night terrors and psychic visions, Molly must return to the town she swore she’d never move back to, and must face down her biggest fears in order to save her daughter. “All the Breaking Waves” is the 2016 release from Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of the “Everything We Keep” novels. “Waves” fits into a wide variety of genres- it is women’s fiction, romance, suspense and even (sort of) supernatural. Although difficult to define, it was an enjoyable read! Molly is a single mom, who is trying to overcome her dark past and focus on raising her young daughter. Honest, strong and bold, Molly is someone that any woman can admire. Her young daughter, Cassie, is the star of this show for sure; a precocious, spunky and outgoing little sprite who speaks her mind and is not yet afraid of what other’s think. Both mother and daughter are charming and likable, and it was easy to form an automatic bond with both of them. “Waves” has a unique storyline, which is something that deserves full credit, as it is not often a book provides a reader with something completely new and novel. “Waves” has a little something for every reader, and will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Creatively told, with a beautiful setting, this novel will completely enrapture you, and have you living among the rocky shores and breaking waves. Although it holds its own share of suspense, the ending of this novel is delightfully predictable, definitely comparable to a women’s fiction novel. Satisfying and uplifting, the ending brings the novel to a charming end. A delightful novel, with a beautiful setting and charming characters, “Waves” is a story about maternal love, childhood innocence and the power of letting go.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale After an extremely disturbing and distressing accident disrupts Molly Brennan's family she leaves the man she loved. Fast forward twelve years later. Molly has succeeded in reinventing her life for her daughter Cassie and herself. They exist in a stable home that is both loving and safe. Molly's daughter Cassie who is eight years old has the ability to have flashes of premonitions that are of a scary nature and very disturbing nightmares. Molly decides that All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale After an extremely disturbing and distressing accident disrupts Molly Brennan's family she leaves the man she loved. Fast forward twelve years later. Molly has succeeded in reinventing her life for her daughter Cassie and herself. They exist in a stable home that is both loving and safe. Molly's daughter Cassie who is eight years old has the ability to have flashes of premonitions that are of a scary nature and very disturbing nightmares. Molly decides that the best course of action to help her daughter with these psychic experiences is to move back to Pacific Grove, the place where Molly fled from and was determined never to go back to. At the heart of this story lies the exploration one mother must face her past and do everything she can to help her daughter. This book includes subjects such as the paranormal. It has mystery and suspense themes and elements that the author has managed to pull off quite well. The writing is excellent and the author, Kerry Lonsdale is very talented. The characters are well developed and I loved them all. There is a magical realism theme in this story. Molly and generations before here have dealt with what Cassie is experiencing. Molly looks to her grandmother for guidance to help her with her daughter. The mother and daughter bond is strong and i really loved their relationship. If you enjoy books that explore these kinds of relationships, love, forgiveness, you will like this novel. I would read this authors previous work. Thank you to Net Galley, the talented Kerry Lonsdale and Lake Union Publishing for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    I see I'm in the minority here with my three stars, but that's okay. I did enjoy it, but I had some issues with it. Most of them would be spoilers, however. I'll just say I didn't find the characters quite as likeable as I should have. That would have been the day I would have dared to tell my grandmother she couldn't drink in her own house! I didn't really find Molly as charming as others. Also, if the age of the child hadn't been mentioned, I would have guessed she was five at some points and I see I'm in the minority here with my three stars, but that's okay. I did enjoy it, but I had some issues with it. Most of them would be spoilers, however. I'll just say I didn't find the characters quite as likeable as I should have. That would have been the day I would have dared to tell my grandmother she couldn't drink in her own house! I didn't really find Molly as charming as others. Also, if the age of the child hadn't been mentioned, I would have guessed she was five at some points and seventeen at others when she was actually supposed to be only eight. I'd just like to say that my three stars still means that I did get enjoyment out of it, and I believe many others will as well and probably won't have the same issues I did. Molly's daughter has started having terrible visions. She sees her friends getting hurt... and days later, it comes true. She obviously wants to warn them, but that only makes her classmates see her as some kind of freak. She's not a freak, she is special... the latest in a long line of women in her family with these kind of gifts. Her mother is blessed also... and though she believes and supports her daughter, she suppresses her own gift and hasn't even told the girl that she knows exactly how she's feeling, though it no doubt would be a comfort to her. When young Cassie ends up in trouble at school, she and Molly spend what should be a lovely afternoon at the park. It's interrupted by a vision though... and this time it's Molly herself that Cassie has seen in mortal danger. They flee to Molly's grandmother, who still lives in the town Molly ran away from as a teenager. There she will have to confront memories and guilt from her past, including the man she left brokenhearted twelve years ago. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    Kerry managed another page turner that delves into the paranormal along with family matters. A lil different from something I'd normally read but good!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj Giri

    I am currently doing research for my second book and trying to figure out a good plot. I discovered this book while exploring the Amazon US bestsellers list. I had a plot in mind, and the book blurb seemed to be a bit similar to it. And the fact that this was in the bestsellers list prompted me to read this book. However, I later came to realize that the book had so many layers that my plot seemed contrived and too one-dimensional, so I finally decided to scrap it and think of another one. Right I am currently doing research for my second book and trying to figure out a good plot. I discovered this book while exploring the Amazon US bestsellers list. I had a plot in mind, and the book blurb seemed to be a bit similar to it. And the fact that this was in the bestsellers list prompted me to read this book. However, I later came to realize that the book had so many layers that my plot seemed contrived and too one-dimensional, so I finally decided to scrap it and think of another one. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked. The plot was constructed so well. There was always something to look forward to, and right till the end, it was never predictable. The subtle funny moments within the otherwise intense plot were also heartwarming. Despite having a supernatural theme which is far from believable, it never overshadowed the things that actually matter in a book—an intriguing plot, likable characters, and a good portrayal of emotions. I felt emotional on several occasions and even cried in a few places. Now when a book makes me cry, it gives me another level of satisfaction altogether. The characters were well fleshed out, and I felt for all of them. I could identify with the fears of the protagonist, and I wanted things to fall into place for her. Overall, the characterization is amazing. The descriptions are also perfectly done, giving a nice feel of the ambiance and the character's emotions yet never feeling excessive. The author's writing style is beautiful. Simple, tight sentences with wonderful, innovative use of metaphors, without the prose feeling flowery or stale. There were no grammatical and punctuation errors as well, making the reading experience smooth. Having read a lot of Indian author's books recently, this book, with it's near flawless language, really felt superior and worthy of international acclaim. 4.5 stars to this peach of a book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Spinella

    In All the Breaking Waves, author Kerry Lonsdale blends a masterful tale of magic realism and family saga. With its heartfelt characters and relationshipsgenerational, maternal, and a long-ago romancewe are drawn into Mollys world. While her intuitive gifts may be ethereal, her fears, 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 In All the Breaking Waves, author Kerry Lonsdale blends a masterful tale of magic realism and family saga. With its heartfelt characters and relationships—generational, maternal, and a long-ago romance—we are drawn into Molly’s world. While her intuitive gifts may be ethereal, her fears, 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    http://www.chicklitcentral.com/2016/1... Giveaway included!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    All the Breaking Waves is a mesmerizing, heartfelt book about family secrets, lost love, and the sacrifices we all make for the people that we love. Molly Brennan's young daughter, Cassie, has been plagued by horrifying nightmares; nightmares which are preceded by premonitions about her friends at school. Seeking help from her grandmother, Molly reluctantly returns home, a place filled with tragic memories for Molly; a place where Molly must learn to reconcile her past in order to provide a All the Breaking Waves is a mesmerizing, heartfelt book about family secrets, lost love, and the sacrifices we all make for the people that we love. Molly Brennan's young daughter, Cassie, has been plagued by horrifying nightmares; nightmares which are preceded by premonitions about her friends at school. Seeking help from her grandmother, Molly reluctantly returns home, a place filled with tragic memories for Molly; a place where Molly must learn to reconcile her past in order to provide a future for her daughter. Like Cassie, Molly, her mother and her grandmother all possess special abilities; abilities which Molly has suppressed out of shame, and out of the fear that if she doesn't control them she endangers those she loves. This book takes us on a journey that is fraught with tension as well as tender, heart aching moments. There were times that my heart was in my throat, pulse-pounding, holding my breath; and other quiet, poignant moments that made my heart melt. This book is filled with very special characters, characters who will take up big chunks of your heart. At the heart of this story is love; romantic love, enduring love, steadfast love; and most of all, the love that a mother feels for her children, a love that forces difficult decisions; a love that will protect them and guide them and keep them safe.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I feel bad giving this a 2 star review because clearly I am in the minority. I'm afraid that this story line is just not my cup of tea. I guess I was expecting more of a mystery / thriller type book but it wasn't. I'm not really into all that psychic babble. I do have a copy of her other novel Everything We Keep. I'm hoping that one is better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5 stars. Easy read with likable characters and an interesting storyline. Perfect for summer and beach reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Molly has a psychic gift that she has suppressed for years because her father taught her that it was bad. Now her young daughter Cassie is showing signs of having the same gift and Molly's life is plagued with how to get her daughter to change before she becomes at outcast to her friends. They leave home and return to her grandmother's house that she had fled from many years before. While there trying to find a way to help her daughter, Molly tries to learn more about herself and her mother and Molly has a psychic gift that she has suppressed for years because her father taught her that it was bad. Now her young daughter Cassie is showing signs of having the same gift and Molly's life is plagued with how to get her daughter to change before she becomes at outcast to her friends. They leave home and return to her grandmother's house that she had fled from many years before. While there trying to find a way to help her daughter, Molly tries to learn more about herself and her mother and grandmother. This novel is a wonderful story of family love and involves a grandmother, mother, daughter and her daughter. They all have secrets that they are hiding from each other and it's only through unlocking those secrets can Cassie learn to cope with her life and Molly can learn to love life again. I loved this book and all of the characters - especially Molly. Even though she was flawed from events in her past, she loved her daughter and only wanted the best for her. She had to learn from the past in order to help herself and her daughter despite the difficulty in doing it. There are also strong feeling for Noah, the boy that she left behind many years before. Will Molly be able to accept her past to provide a better future for her and her daughter??? I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Montanaro

    I'm so thrilled that I received an early copy of this book to read and review. I loved this book! Devoured it in one weekend because I had a hard time putting it down. It covers so many themes, such as regret, fear, loss, forgiveness, acceptance, family and hope. I don't want to give too much away but it is a little genre bending. It combines mystery, romance, and a touch of magical realism all at once. I really enjoyed the mother-daughter bond, as well as the other relationships covered. I I'm so thrilled that I received an early copy of this book to read and review. I loved this book! Devoured it in one weekend because I had a hard time putting it down. It covers so many themes, such as regret, fear, loss, forgiveness, acceptance, family and hope. I don't want to give too much away but it is a little genre bending. It combines mystery, romance, and a touch of magical realism all at once. I really enjoyed the mother-daughter bond, as well as the other relationships covered. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times wondering what would happen, hoping the outcome would be to my liking. The twists and turns of the book mimic the waves referenced in the book as you feel like you are bobbing, surfing and swimming, waiting to reach shore, rooting for the characters the entire time. Bravo! Now I can't wait to get my hands on Lonsdale's debut novel published earlier in 2016, Everything We Keep.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Evelina

    I finished this book in 24 hours, which is something I can only say of one other book I've ever read. It's gripping page-turner that combines women's fiction and magical realism (which I don't usually like, but didn't bother me in this book) in a story of love, loss, relationships and fierce protective parental instincts. I've honestly never read anything like this story. The reason I took off one star is that something felt off in this book to me, and it well just could be me. I felt like I finished this book in 24 hours, which is something I can only say of one other book I've ever read. It's gripping page-turner that combines women's fiction and magical realism (which I don't usually like, but didn't bother me in this book) in a story of love, loss, relationships and fierce protective parental instincts. I've honestly never read anything like this story. The reason I took off one star is that something felt off in this book to me, and it well just could be me. I felt like something was missing, like there was a connection that wasn't quite made, but I can't put my finger on what it is. I really did love this book, but it was missing some bit of magic that elevates a story from 4 to 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for a providing a copy for review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Letty

    This book was riveting from the beginning to the very last page. Molly, eight-year-old Cassie, Nana Mary, and Owen are delightful and believable characters. Molly's daughter, plagued by visions and terrible nightmares that always seem to come to light, has a frightening nightmare about Molly. Molly and her Nana Mary both have psychic abilities as well so after this last horrifying nightmare, she decides to take Cassie to visit Nana Mary in her childhood home in Pacific Grove, a place she has This book was riveting from the beginning to the very last page. Molly, eight-year-old Cassie, Nana Mary, and Owen are delightful and believable characters. Molly's daughter, plagued by visions and terrible nightmares that always seem to come to light, has a frightening nightmare about Molly. Molly and her Nana Mary both have psychic abilities as well so after this last horrifying nightmare, she decides to take Cassie to visit Nana Mary in her childhood home in Pacific Grove, a place she has avoided returning to due to unhappy family times there. She returns there hoping that Nana will be able to help Cassie control the visions and nightmares. Back in Pacific Grove, good and bad memories return, and she finds that her former love, Owen, had moved back to Pacific Grove living next door to Nana Mary. We learn of the close relationship they had growing up. Owen is such a kind and handsome man, I kept hoping that Molly would snap out of it and get back together with him as you can tell that there is still something there for him. Does she or doesn't she? I recommend that readers buy this one to find out!! A story with magical realism that I loved, about family, secrets, forgiveness and learning to let go of the past. And once again, Kerry Lonsdale has written an amazing book with a shocking twist that I did not see coming at all and had my heart pounding as I was reading! So nicely done!! Thank you to Kerry Lonsdale, NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    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 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin Nickelsburg

    Predictable, unsympathetic, in desperate need of editing From the first chapter you could see the end of the story coming. The lead character was unsympathetic and so much time was spent in the details of the surroundings, setting the scene, that the characters remained undeveloped throughout. I had to force myself to finish the book, as I always want to see it through, and there was no true resolution of the most interesting point of the story (the magic/mysticism/abilities of both Mom and Predictable, unsympathetic, in desperate need of editing From the first chapter you could see the end of the story coming. The lead character was unsympathetic and so much time was spent in the details of the surroundings, setting the scene, that the characters remained undeveloped throughout. I had to force myself to finish the book, as I always want to see it through, and there was no true resolution of the most interesting point of the story (the magic/mysticism/abilities of both Mom and daughter). In addition, I listened to part of the book via Audible in an effort to keep interested and the readers voice did not do the story any favors.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Another riveting book from Kerry Lonsdale! If you think your family has secrets, you've got nothing on the family in this book. Molly and her daughter, Cassie, are damaged but real characters. I found their journey home and the results to be gut-wrenching, heart breaking and heart melting. This is a book you have to finish quickly as you cannot stop reading. Kudos to Lonsdale on her sophomore book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Loved All The Breaking Waves! What an intriguing, unique story. I was engrossed with all of the characters and the many mysteries. The love between Molly, Cassie, Owen and Nana is palpable. I found the premise of the story imaginative, thoughtful, suspenseful and heartbreaking all at once. Kerry Lonsdale has become a favorite author of mine and I cannot wait to read her future novels!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    I'm so thrilled Kerry sent me an ARC copy along with some trinkets and I must note I had difficulty in reading this one. My own "Cassie" ( 12yo Niece) passed away from a bad 7 car accident which resulted in 4 deaths she being the only child so please keep this in mind reading this review as it's still heartbreaking for my family. I grappled with this book since it was received and emotionally this book hit me to the core literally. I wept, I cried, I went back and forth with triggers and I'm so thrilled Kerry sent me an ARC copy along with some trinkets and I must note I had difficulty in reading this one. My own "Cassie" ( 12yo Niece) passed away from a bad 7 car accident which resulted in 4 deaths she being the only child so please keep this in mind reading this review as it's still heartbreaking for my family. I grappled with this book since it was received and emotionally this book hit me to the core literally. I wept, I cried, I went back and forth with triggers and emotions. You see my niece like Cassie was similar in age, both loved the beach, the water, mermaids, and both from single parents, both being close to family and friends and especially their nana (grandmother). They both loved mermaids and in fact the locket I wear around my neck is of my niece wearing her mermaid swim outfit adored with the tail and full attire. So when I began reading this story about the mermaid tears and how they formed see glass and the struggles associated with Cassie's mom Molly I was floored. The relationships between all the characters was truly amazing. It seems that these premonitions run deep within the family and the grandmother attempted to helped to reign it all in for Cassie in order help others rather than scare them away. Cassie was often misjudged for her talents and yet she would have these early visions of harm to others that she couldn't prevent nor alter yet alter she must and so she often was credited with saving lives simply by telling about these visions. One such horrific vision was of her own mother drowning. Owen is a past lover/friend of Molly the relationship faltered for different reasons. So rekindling that flame helped not only to save her life of all things while choking but in the end to win the love once lost. While this is a very hard time for my family with my own Cassie who passed June 21st 2016 I had to finish this book and review for Kerry who I promised after signing this one for me that I would. Thank you Kerry for your hospitality and love as it means the world to me. This book means more to me than just a story as in many cases I felt connected to the characters in more ways than one. The sea glass made from mermaid tears was a beautiful myth woven within the story and I truly loved the way this story held up to the level unprecedented and unwitnessed in many plots today. It was sad to see the nana pass but in order to grow we all must move forward. This story was beautifully engaging, warm, and compassionate and will tug at parents heartstrings. How do we help those we love most our own children? How do we confront our own demons, our past, our own guilt and shame? How do we summon our own inner tenacity to help those in need? Truly compelling and heartfelt this is a must read. Thank you Kerry for this beautiful story.

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