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  • 05/2017
  • 978-1-944335-72-4 B072283VNS
  • 346 pages
  • $19.95
Going Over the Falls
Amy Waeschle, author
Surfer and Seattle E.R. doctor Lorna Jacobs is pulled into a dangerous journey to find her estranged mother, who is dying from a mysterious illness. Lorna finally finds her, deep in Mexico, but Alex is more concerned with rekindling their mutual love of surfing than preparing for her last days. The secret big wave she plans to share with Lorna could bond them forever, or destroy them.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Right from the start, readers will be drawn into the story. Subsequent backstory never undercuts the tension, and the swift pacing keeps readers turning pages.

Prose: The voice adeptly carries the plot; the writing is clean, unadorned, and unambiguous. However, the use of clichés or near-clichés is unfortunate.

Originality: The story proficiently combines classic themes, while the plot is delightfully unique.

Character Development: The characters here are well developed, particularly the leads. The author also lends complex, thought provoking traits to secondary characters.

Blurb: This book is perfect for any reader looking for a page-turning adventure.

Date Submitted: August 18, 2017

Reviews
Waeschle’s novel sustains a heady level of tension with its story of a young doctor who has a passion for surfing and a guilty conscience. While on a surfing trip in Fiji, Lorna Jacobs receives a call from a resident who works with her in the E.R. of the University of Washington Medical Center. Lorna’s mother, Alex Morneau, whom Lorna hasn’t seen in the years since completing her degree, has arrived in the Seattle E.R. with a mysterious illness. Before Lorna can decide whether to return to Seattle, Alex leaves the hospital, disappearing from Lorna’s life once again, and Lorna continues her vacation. She struggles against the bitterness she has long felt toward her absent mother despite their shared love of surfing, insisting that she’s “through chasing her down.” Nevertheless, curiosity compels her to start hunting for clues to where Alex may have gone, and the subsequent adventures are filled with troubles, epiphanies, and romance. An unfortunate number of clichés is offset by what is otherwise engaging prose, and the fast pace of the story and beguiling surfing descriptions will keep readers turning the pages. It isn’t necessary to be a surfer to stay submerged in this tale, and the ending is as satisfying as the tantalizing ride. (BookLife)
Mari's Book Reviews

“Over the falls for you… my heart wide open,” singer/songwriter Joe croons to Lorna, whom he can’t put out of his mind.  While Joe attempts to forget Lorna and invest his altruistic energy elsewhere, Lorna escapes his care to find her own escape-artist mother.  This second book by Amy Waeschle is about telling the difficult truth to those who least want to hear it.  Lorna insists on helping her dying mother, even against her mom’s wishes.  Joe has to come to grips with the true object of his devotion.  These difficult relationships contrast paradisiacal backdrops in Fiji, Mexico, Washington State and California, among other spots.  Alongside the main characters, supporting characters offer levity as well as side drama.  There’s Marty, Joe’s partying bandmate, Garth, the pro surfer who’ll do anything to catch the next biggest wave, and Francine, who exposes herself to get exposure as an actress.  Surfing brings Lorna together with her mom, Joe and other characters she meets as a surfer and doctor.  Told with empathy and realism, the characters hold on to dreams we readers root for them to achieve.  

 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2017
  • 978-1-944335-72-4 B072283VNS
  • 346 pages
  • $19.95

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