It Comes in Waves
By Erika Marks
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 7/1/2014
My Rating: 4 Stars
For competitive surfer Claire "Pepper" Patton, the waves of South Carolina’s Folly Beach once held the promise of a loving future and a bright career—until her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire's best friend, Jill, were in love.
Eighteen years later, now forty-two and a struggling single parent to a rebellious teenage daughter, Claire has put miles between that betrayal and that coast. But when ESPN invites her back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was.
But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Foster’s teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to bury—and bring to the surface years of unspoken blame.
Erika Marks’ IT COMES IN WAVES, a riveting story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, mother and daughter dynamics, and starting over even at age 42. (Love the front cover!) Claire Patton’s life is about to change when she receives a phone call from ESPN, requesting an interview with her on Folly Beach, SC. You see, Claire, now a divorced teacher and mother of a teenage daughter, was a former surfer, and had her life planned out until everything changed. Her daughter does not even know about her former life. When Claire was in her early 20s, she was in love with Foster and friends with Jill and Shep. One night their lives changed and Claire left Folly Beach and moved to Colorado. She left her surfer days behind, or so she thought until the call from ESPN. She decides to take them up on the offer as a free trip for some relaxation time. However, seeing Jill brings back all the painful memories. Claire has to deal with her relationship with her daughter and also her former friend, Jill. In the midst of the turmoil, she meets a sexy pro-surfer who may be able to get her back on a surf board, plus much more; while she learns to live with her life and put the past behind. Fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Joanne DeMaio, Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Shelley Noble will appreciate Erika Marks’ style, as she flashes back and forth from past to present for a relaxing summer beach read, where every wave tells a story of love lost, and found! If you loved The Guest House, you will enjoy IT COMES IN WAVES-- We all know life starts at age 40!