About the Book
After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten?
Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way.
On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul?
A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope.
In My Opinion
Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli is a gripping tale of two women, living almost eighty years apart, who find their footing despite being outcasts in their society.
Before picking up this book, I had never heard of Penikese Island, never even given thought to what life as a leper must have been like in the early 1900s—before there was a cure. Chiavaroli not only gives readers a look into what life might have been like but also the guilt, the shame, the state of mind that occurs as a patient deteriorates with no hope for healing through Atta.
The more modern timeline has its. Emily is young and pregnant, cut off from her parents who seem to want to hide her just like the families of those on Penikese. She finds a connection to her aunt Atta.
This is a story of healing—it’s not always a physical healing, sometimes it’s a healing of the heart, which is an eternal healing. It’s a story of family and friendship and the lengths that one who loves well will go to.
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