Title: What a Wave Must Be
Author: Angela Hunt
Major Themes: Death, Grief, Suicide
Synopsis: When the most unimaginable thing happened to their family and Susan and Frank found themselves welcoming their granddaughter Maddie into their home, they had no idea how they could navigate the waves of grief that threatened to destroy all of them.
I had an inkling before I started reading What a Wave Must Be that it might be a sad story. I was not prepared for how much shock and grief was in this book. There was also, however, a lot of hope. As I have experienced myself, God can use horrific events in our lives to teach us the lessons we need to learn and bring us to where he wants us to be.
Susan and Frank were looking forward to spending some time with their son’s family after Christmas. When, instead, the unthinkable happened, their lives were thrown into turmoil and shock. With his unexpected death, their son Daniel made the whole family feel like he had betrayed them. Their granddaughter, Maddie, especially, was sent into a maelstrom of grief.
Thinking that it might help her daughter to get away, Maddie’s mother sent her to live for a few months with her grandparents in Florida. She quickly made friends and seemed to be settling in and starting to adjust, and then more tragedy sent all their lives into turmoil again. How could all of them cope? Was there any possibility of healing, or would they all be broken for the rest of our lives?
Even though this was a very hard book for me to read because of memories it brought back of a similar tragedy in my own life, it reminded me again of why I like Angela Hunt’s books so well. She has tackled a very hard subject, grief, in What a Wave Must Be, and has illustrated the possibility of hope for believers in God, even when things happen that cannot be understood humanly. I really appreciated the way she pointed her readers to God through the conversations between characters in this book as they attempted to heal and make sense out of what happened.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: Three suicides are pictured, and two attempted suicides.