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Beyond the Waves

(Pacific Shores #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Can a Love Shattered by the Sands of Time...Rise Beyond the Waves?

Taysia Green nearly chokes on her water when Officer Kylen Sumner shows up in her office claiming he’s back in town because he loves her. Since he’s broken her heart more than once, and she recently started dating youth pastor Blaine Pittman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with Kylen. But he’s been
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published July 28th 2014 by Serene Lake Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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A fun, sweet little contemporary romance taking place on the beautiful West coast of the Pacific. This was a very easy and relaxing read, the kind of book that one likes to read under the sun while on vacation, (which is what I did, hehehe) because it doesn't require thinking and is out there for enjoyment purposes only. While not a huge fan of contemporary romance, (in fact I usually avoid it) I really enjoyed this sweet breeze of a romance, and liked the plot and the characters. Taysia and ...more
Okay, so I'm on the fence about this author. Two 3-stars usually means I won't try another book by her. Now, this wasn't a bad book, just not to my liking. It was written fairly well. I think it may just be the genre.
Present day, located along the Pacific Coast, summer teen fling turns sour. As adults they meet again after both having found Christ. There's attraction, but Taysia is dating a "safe" someone else and was way too hurt by Kylen's rejection when they were teens to ever consider
Emily White
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: love-stories, 2018
Maybe one day I will figure out what rating to give this book, but I'm not quite there yet. As far as plot went, there wasn't much tension. The writing wasn't spectacular, with lots of distracting, forced metaphors. But the story was clean, which I really appreciated, and the love story was so compelling I couldn't put it down. So it might end up somewhere in the middle, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one of this author's books.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet Christian romance.

My criteria when deciding which book to read is simple, romance I read romance books exclusively, if it's a romance with nice characters and of course a happy ending then I'm in, this covers a wide range from contemporary to historical, MC's, vampires, shifters etc the list goes on and on, having a kindle has opened up a whole range of books.
I liked the synopsis for this book and I've read several Christian romances in the past so I started reading, I was confused briefly
Wendy Sparkes
On my reread this year, I noticed the sensuality level was higher than I'm personally comfortable with, which I didn't remember from my first read through...or maybe my walk with the Lord has got closer and I'm more discerning with what I want to read, but I have adjusted my previous rating.

The storyline itself was likable though, and I loved the setting.
I purchased Beyond the Waves as part of the Much Ado About Love anthology.

Taysia Green and Kylen Summer became next door neighbors one summer and became best friends until school started and he realized the Taysia was not part of the popular crowd so he dropped her. He actually left her twice while in high school.

A few years later he gave his life to God and saw Taysia again and told her about his new way of life. She rejected him but what he said about finding God changed her life, then her
Pam Graber
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Taysia Green's gym is threatened by a lawsuit, she doesn't know where to turn for help. Sophia Clinesmith has been making her life miserable since high school, and it's just Taysia's bad luck that the wannabe model sprains her ankle in Taysia's parking lot. Faith is a pretty new development for Taysia, but her prayers don't appear to be having any effect. In fact, when she prays for help and another high school nemesis shows up, she's pretty sure God is NOT listening to her!

Kylen Summers
Darla Damron
This was a fun and romantic story. I actually related to Taysia on many occasions including her clumsiness and fear of trusting someone. This was a good story and look forward to reading the rest of the series. And quickly!

I listened to this book by audio-book and enjoyed the narrator. She was interesting and held my attention throughout the story.
Pat Whitworth
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love will find a way. Greater love has no man when he lays down his life for his friends .You will find this kind in this book.

Can a man keep his self pure? Kylen finds out how hard it is. Taysia finds out that love finds a way
Mary Jane
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good story of second chances.

There are always that someone who is hard to forget for good reasons or bad. This story is about forgiveness and trust and I believe this author did an excellent good in creating this storyline. I am looking forward to the next book.
Margaret Nelson
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I'd picked up this book a long time ago, and decided to finally read it. It's not my favorite type of contemporary Christian romance. There was a bit too much emphasis on how handsome the guy is, how strong his muscles, etc. I prefer the emphasis to be on character rather than physical attributes. The character was there, but was kind of overshadowed by the gal swooning in his arms.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute easy read. Story flows well. I like how the they got over their past baggage.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

It was a pretty good book you saw the characters growth and struggle through out the story. A story of forgiveness and redemption.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and surprisingly funny
Lois Buck
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Waves

This is a sweet, clean Christian story. He broke her heart twice in high school. Now he's back. Will he break it again?
Betty Johnson
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story about a young woman that is in a relationship with a man that she intends to marry, but her old heart throb returns to town with the intention of marrying her. He says he has been in love with her and plans to win her back. She wants nothing to do with him even though he makes her heart do strange things. See how he finally wins her over. Excellent writing.
Dora Hiers
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Don't you just love reunion stories, especially where the characters never stopped loving each other, and the hero is oh so determined to overcome his past mistakes and show the heroine how much he's changed? :dreamy sigh: Totally my kinda read and write, and Beyond the Waves is exactly all that and more!

Back in high school, Taysia didn't hang out with the cool kids. When Kylen moved next door during the summer and they struck up a tight friendship that quickly transitioned to romance, she
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
April 2016

Reread this wonderful story.

July 29, 2014

Totally loved this story and the characters in it. Kylen is such a sweet, lovable guy. You kind of want to smack Taysia for trying to push him away. Grab him and don't let go, girl. :)

Lynnette Bonner has done it again with her quirky characters and fun story.

Taysia, short for Anastaysia, is the owner of a gym that specializes in women’s workouts. The pregnant and post pregnancy women can enjoy getting and staying in shape and not being pudgy
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me right from the first chapter and did not let go! I just loved these characters. Taysia and Kylen have such a rocky past, with a lot of hurt involved. Taysia went through so much heartache in her younger years, and Kylen broke her heart many times. Is there any way he could truly have changed so much from the person he used to be? Taysia is really not sure if she can trust her heart to him and I don’t blame her.

I love it when a book’s characters seem like real people, and I
Shari Howe
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
New Beginnings or Same Old Thing?

Life doesn’t always flow smoothly, and such was the case for Taysia and Kylen. Having been sweethearts for a short time in high school, Taysia learned the hard way how hurtful people can be when they want to impress the popular crowd. Heart broken by Kylen years ago, Taysia doesn’t want anything to do with Kylen when he shows up back in town claiming to be a new person and to be in love with her. Can she learn to forgive and trust Kylen again? Does she even want
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not the first book I have read by this author and I have to say that I’d love to meet her in real life. If her writing is any indication, she has an incredibly witty sense of humor! The way her characters think and the situations they find themselves in will likely make you laugh right out loud at times. But there is so much more to this story than the funny one-liners. Pain, love, forgiveness, redemption…it’s all here. You feel for and with Kylen and Taysia; his gentle and patient ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This contemporary, Christian romance novella, Beyond the Waves, is the first book in the Pacific Shores series. I absolutely loved reading it from beginning to end. The hurt and struggles that Taysia has grown up with and Ty that caused a lot of her pain, have become strong adults that love the Lord. Their story of forgiveness and love have many Christian traits inter woven in the storyline. There is foregiveness, grace, Christian witness, and helping and mentoring of those who are also going ...more
Jennifer Covington
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very thankful to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As soon as I started it, I was hooked. The characters are real and the situations are developed thoroughly. There's no gaps where I was left wondering what happened, but there's enough left until later to keep it interesting.

I love the way the author incorporated real life, real people, and real situations into the story. Christian authors sometimes err on the side of caution too
Teresa Snyder
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To say I loved this book would be an understatement! I was hooked from the very beginning. It's a quick easy read that you don't want to put down once you start. And laugh-out-loud funny. Forgiveness and second chances are theme.

Kylen and Taysia were high school sweet heats until he broke her heart. Twice. Although Kylen left town and turned his life over to God he never got over Taysia. She was the girl God had made for him. Only one problem. Taysia wasn't interested in getting her heart
Bethany Marks
Kylen and Taysia have been together more times than she wants to remember. Lady’s man that he is, is back in town and doesn’t her heart rate know it! Drat! Why couldn’t Blaine - the man she is almost engaged to, give her that reaction? Blaine is the sensible choice. Why does every pore inside her lean towards Kylen?! “Just the sight of this man made her feel more than a kiss from Blaine had.” Taysia tries to resist Kylen’s every step back to intimacy, after all history is screaming in her ears. ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first Christian Romance book and I really liked it. I did find some of the drama between Layne and Kylen to be slightly annoying, but not over the top annoying which is why I am writing this review. I think there is a lesson to be learned in this love story for anyone who reads it. I loved the verses included and the fact that you can read them on your own. I can only chuckle at myself after reading other reviews that said this was too religious since it's labelled as a "Christian" ...more
Missie Twitchell
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by Lynnette Bonner, and I have to say I am looking forward to reading more from her! Although this was a little predictable, it was an easy read. That is what I look for in a book: easy reading to relax and enjoy. It was a sweet story about learning to trust someone who has hurt you in the past. I was cheering for Officer Sumner, and loved the gift giving each day. I have already purchased books 2 and 3 in this series, and can't wait to read them.
Sam B
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, I really liked this book. It was my first book by this author and I'll make sure to read her other novels.

This book is pretty short, but doesn't sacrifice on the story or the characters. Both are well developed.

The story might sound like the classic ex-boyfriend comes back in town story, but there are some nice twits to it.

I sure would recommend it to fans of Christian romance!
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty cheesy. The writing was all right but the story line fizzled quickly. And either it was written in the 90s or the author is stuck there, green carpet, Thomas Kincaid paintings and track suits?! The story line moved along quickly but was predictable and after a while I just didn't care about the characters any more.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Another great book by Lynnette Bonner. Beyond the Waves was a sweet, romantic story that had some hard hitting issues the characters had to deal with. I thought Lynnette wrote it in a believable and endearing way. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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LYNNETTE BONNER, the daughter of missionaries, was born and raised in Malawi, Africa, graduated high school from Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya, and attended Northwest University in Washington, where she met her husband, Marty. A few years after their marriage, they moved to Pierce, Idaho. While studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin The Shepherd ...more

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