Tuesday, May 8, 2018

At Wave's End 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.

My Thoughts
What a nice spring read!  I love the way in which Patricia writes.  I could picture the shore, The Mermaid's Purse, and all the quirky characters perfectly! 
There are several conflicts throughout the story - mother/daughter, mother/son, boyfriend/girlfriend, town/storm and so many others.
The main conflict, faith v. herself.  What does she want for her life?  Can she reconnect with her mother and work through the past mistakes?  Can she learn to let go and live the life that she was intended to live?
All these questions and more are answered and I loved the trials and tribulations every step of the way.  The crazy family unit of The Mermaid's Purse will pull at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more. 

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Drink Selection
I found the PERFECT drink!  Mermaid Kiwi Lim Julep!  How pretty is that? 


Rating
5 wine glasses for At Wave's End! 

Patricia Perry Donovan
About the Author
Patricia Perry Donovan is the author of DELIVER HER, as well as AT WAVE'S END, coming August 15, 2017. She is a journalist who writes about healthcare. Her fiction has appeared in Gravel Literary, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and other literary journals. The mother of two grown daughters, Patricia lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband.

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