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The Day Of The Wave: A romance novel based on real-life events Kindle Edition
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The story alternates between Ben and Izzy who met while on holiday in Thailand at the tender age of sixteen. Just as the their relationship is just starting to blossom their life is literally ripped apart by events from that fateful day.
To start with it feels like the story is going to be a typical love story and to a certain point it is but it is also so much more. It's a story about having to come to terms with your past and learning to live again.
Even though the story switches between Ben and Izzy and also between the lead up and to events on that horrific day, as well as the present day which is ten years later, the story flows really well and is easy to keep up with. The authors descriptions in the book brings Thailand direct to the reader and makes them feel like they are almost there experiencing the places and sounds and smells for themselves. My only issue with the story is that I would personally have liked the author to have written more about the actual day of the tsunami itself as it only makes up a very small percentage of the story and I don't feel like I got the full impact of the horrendous atrocities that took place. Otherwise than that this really is a very beautifully and well written story.
The main characters Ben and Izzy are wonderful characters that are so realistic and you can't help but get drawn into their world whilst routing for the pair of them. Their story in this book I found totally believable and could easily imagine it being a true story.
The Day Of The Wave truly is an inspirational story and one I feel that everyone should take time to read.
Many thanks to The Book Club and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Where to start? I was quite apprehensive going into this book as I knew for sure it was really going to tug at my heart strings due to the content. In fact just the dedication gave me the shivers. Within 4 chapters I had to put this book down for a second to compose myself. Yes, it’s a hard read in places but for me that just intensified my reading pleasure. I absolutely love a book, no matter how disturbing it is, that can pull my emotions to the fore. This did, not so much for the story of Izzy and Ben but more for the history and their circumstances. The really difficult parts to read are the “memories”, the scenes in which there’s very graphic and descriptive text as to what occurred that day in 2004. We’ve all seen it on the television and that was hard enough, but you don’t quite fathom the experiences that people had until you read something like this. I haven’t seen the Ewan MacGregor film (though it’s very much on my to watch list) so I can’t/won’t make comparisons but I imagine that some will.
“A horror movie boat with glassy eyes and perpetual shock on a blue-gray alien face.”
Clearly location is key being what this book is and I think Becky did an absolutely fantastic job bringing the reader to a place where they felt comfortable, almost in awe of their surroundings as they read. It is interspersed with not so beautiful imagery and when you happen upon them it really does catch you unaware. This book is indeed like a wave itself, capturing tumultuous, memorable and enjoyable emotions throughout. It peaks and troughs just as a wave does and I found that absolutely amazing. How an author can capture that and envelope the reader at the same time is truly magnificent.
“I smile under his lips as my heart expands and contracts like a loved-up jellyfish in my chest.”
Izzy and Ben re-unite through a chance meeting. And while Ben has carefully schooled his heart away and it looks like he’s managed to put his past behind him, Izzy is very much stuck in it and desperately trying to keep her head above water. What follows is their story of second chance love, a friendship re-aligned and a chance for them both to move forward with each other and heal. There’s many relationship dynamics to contend with in this novel and most are beautifully painted, rich character development and a dual pov allows the reader to “know” these characters and slowly but surely fall in love with them. They are very real and very believable which I was thankful for as to have written them any other way would have spoilt this story. You are with them every single step of the way rooting for their HEA through all their trials and tribulations. The basic plot line isn’t anything I haven’t seen done before but Becky took a risk I think using the 2004 tsunami as her backdrop and applying this plot line to a rudimentary story. It worked so very well.
“The water roars over me again; so real it makes me choke. My lungs are full of cold, wet sand. I’m drowning from the inside out.”
Beautifully written and riddled with quotes that really do give your heart a wobble, this book deserves to do very well, and I hope that it does. I loved it, even though it ripped my heart to pieces in places. This broke me in so many ways. It’s an ugly cry but there is so much love between these pages that it salves that ache. Congrats Becky, very highly recommended! If you want a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows then this book is a must….
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