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Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance ...more
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Becky Wicks (first published April 27th 2015)
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Tracy Fenton
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really lovely, moving and emotional story about Isla and Ben. Having met at 16 years old and being caught up in the tsunami and separated they are reunited 10 years later through a chance encounter. This is a heart warming tale about love, loss and family.
Amber
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Day of the Wave is fiercely intense and undeniably epic in its desperate pursuit of lost dreams, unwavering hope, and ultimate redemption. This is an astonishingly indescribable journey of two people whose world was savagely ripped to shreds and yet they refused to give up on the tiniest flicker of hope that burned within them. Through the slow yet deliberate rebuilding of the lives, they fight to regain even the tiniest bit of control in order to help them face each day. With all their ...more
Once
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the right book come into your life at the right time when you didn't even know you needed it. The Day of the Wave is that book. I am so thankful that I signed up for this tour, if not I wouldn't have come across Becky Wicks inspirational novel. And now I hope to pay forward to those who read my review during the blog tour.

The premise of this novel spins off a very tragic event in our world history which affected so many lives all over the word. Everyone in the world was shocked and
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Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review when I signed up to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review.

I've never read a book that left me feeling uplifted until I read The Day of The Wave. The story centralizes on a real natural disaster with fictional characters. The two main characters Izzy and Ben faced devastating losses at a young age that changed them forever. Years later Izzy's current relationship is strained so she leaves on a work related assignment that
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Christy Wilson
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Becky Wicks is a pro at describing locales in her books so well, that you can feel the sand beneath your feet. The wind coming in from the direction of the ocean. Her books make me wish I had the ability to travel the world, specifically to Bali.

This story is of Isla and Ben, who reunite eleven years after the Boxing Day Tsunami. Isla has returned to Thailand after living a bit of a boring life in the UK, having found that her boyfriend has cheated on her, and with
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L.J (Lisa Jane)
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alone, arc
*ARR (Advance Reader Review) - copy provided as a gift in exchange for an honest review...

Wow, what an inspiring, touching and romantic tale.

This story is a beautiful, emotional ride that leads you from past to present to past then present all while tickling your senses into the future. We meet Ben and Isla and as the story unfolds it takes us back and forth without any confusion, telling us a tragic tale of how they met, connected and then were ripped apart, only to find each other again
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Jessica
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'd just like to start by saying thank you so much, for giving me this amazing story to fall in love with...

First things first... Isla has a cat named Sega.. Enough said there.

Now as for the rest of the story...

This story is about the tsunami of 2004, that basically just came out of no where.. So much damage done, and so many lives lost. The author did an AMAZING job with the double POV of two amazing characters...

First,
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Heather
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

No matter where you live in this world you remember hearing about the devastating tsunami that hit all those people that both lived and were vacationing there. For Christmas. So many people lost everything and if you were there you probably lost someone you loved. It was an experience I certainly could never imagine.

This book is about two sixteen year old, Isla and and how they relied on each other during some of the worst
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Miz
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Living in the South Pacific, we know about the threat of tsunamis. This came to light on Boxing Day 2004 when this natural disaster tore through village and killed more than 300,000. This book tells that story from the point of view of two survivors and weaves in a new adult love story.

Like other new adult books, I smashed through reading it in less than 24 hours. I was lucky that I had a lazy Saturday afternoon as the more I read, the more I felt empathy for both Izzy and Ben. I did think that
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Vanessa Haley
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
The Book "The Day of the Waves" by Becky Wicks, took us all back to a very memerorable day that horrifically took so many lives. The two main characters have had two different levels of healing from this day; one living on the beach where it happended, and one coming to try to deal and heal her life from the loss of the devestation. I found myself crying when the two found out they were both still alive and survived the day, and emothionally enjoyed following their journey from there onwards to ...more
Joan
Duh. First person, present tense, alternating pov's.

Way WAY too much angst even for me. I LIKE angst, but this was wallowing in it, to the extent that I ended up wanting to laugh. I couldn't get to grips with the characters or their individual 'voices' and there were a lot of 'product placement' moments as well, which I found irritating.

And somehow, to me, it seems a little crass to write a story based on a real-life tragedy which killed over 200,000 people.
Jessica
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

All I can say is WOW. This story... and that it's based on actual stories from the tsunami on top of it. Just wow. This story was perfect, handled gracefully, and really took the reader on a ride of love, reunion, despair, tragedy, hope, and so many other emotions. Well done.
Lynne McCartney
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The author transported me to Thailand even although I have never been there. Loved the story from the perspective of Ben and Izzy and loved how it was linked to a real life event in our life time. Great escapism and would thoroughly recommend
Jeannie Zelos
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing


The Day Of The Wave
Becky Wicks
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, womens literature
I can still remember the shock, the horror of seeing that huge crashing wave that caused such devastation, and it was so traumatic, so awful that it feels like only recently, not ten years ago. Becky has taken real events and fashioned a fictional romance around them. Shes managed to create something beautiful from something thats awful beyond belief. When Nature lets rip we dont stand a
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Casey
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I have really enjoyed books by Becky Wicks before, so I was really excited when I read the blurb for The Day of the Wave. Not only did I expect it to be written well, but I couldn't help but be drawn to the content. It was something I hadn't ever seen in a romance novel before, and I was instantly intrigued about a book that centered around a real life natural disaster. Though I don't necessarily agree with the book's Amazon tagline of being
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Klaire
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gifted from Netgalley for an honest review 5 stars

Where to start? I was quite apprehensive going into this book as I knew for sure it was really going to tug at my heart strings due to the content. In fact just the dedication gave me the shivers. Within 4 chapters I had to put this book down for a second to compose myself. Yes, its a hard read in places but for me that just intensified my reading pleasure. I absolutely love a book, no matter how disturbing it is, that can pull my emotions to
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LD
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

What do you do when everything you know, everyone you hold near and dear to your heart, and (what seems like) the whole world is turned upside down, torn apart? How do you cope when youre left scrambling with shreds of the life you had? How does the tragedy change you?

For Isla and Ben, these questions hypotheticals that humans occasionally ponder as they consider their place in the world and the meaning of their lives
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A fictional tale of two sixteen year olds who were caught up in the Tsunami of 2004

for the literary locations please visit - The Day of the Wave booktrail

The setting of the Boxing Day Tsunami must be one of the most vivid yet heartbreaking scenes that is still so firmly etched on everyones minds . The magnitude of the earthquake which triggered the tsunami measured some 9.2 on the Richter scale and hit off the western coast of Northern Sumatra. The author mentions that around 14
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Renee
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

I signed up to review this book because I really really love second chance love stories. Then I had issues receiving it and even offered to give up my copy. Then we tried something else and I ended up receiving it. And all I have to say is....thank goodness!

This book was a wonderful surprise for me. The plot is original, the characters were genuinely likeable, the relationships and their issues were believable, the pacing was
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Denny
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free ePub copy in return for an honest review.

First of all, I really liked how the author explored the trauma caused by being caught up in a natural disaster. I found this even more interesting than the love story. It was one thing to have heard and watched the actual media reports at the time, quite another to understand the events and its consequences through the voices of Ben and Isla. It's a great technique that works really well here.

Their lives after the tsunami are slowly
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Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged, arcs
Going in to this book I expected to find a love story based on a shared experience through tragedy between two people who reconnect after 10 long years. What I didn't expect was the detailed imagery and emotional upheaval that followed.

This was so much more than just a second chance romance, it's a tribute to the pain and suffering of a whole continent through a natural disaster and a testament to the strength of the human race after said tragedy.

Through the telling of Ben and Isla's story my
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Amy Shelton
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.


Isla and Ben both survived the Tsunami of 2004 physically. Mentally, their minds and hearts were gone or a long ways away. They met while Isla was on vacation with her family. They fell for each other those 6 days they spent together and little did they know that their plans to spend the evening together after Bens diving excursion the 26th of December would never happen. Natural disasters have a way of ruining
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Ann Cooper
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read. I haven't cried so much (happy tears as well as sad ones) since I read Rowan Coleman's We Are All Made of Stars.

There are some beautiful descriptive pieces of the beauty of Thailand, which contrast with the horrific descriptions of the tsunami aftermath.

It is the story of 2 people who met in Thailand in December 2004 and each believed the other to have died in the tsunami. Ben and Izzy are two very strong characters, each with their own coping mechanism to help them
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Taylor
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, and thought the plot had such potential. There were many things about the book that I just didn't like, and I'm so sad I have to say that because I really wanted to love this book.

First, I found some errors throughout the book, although that has nothing to do with my rating. In one chapter, Isla is talking with her father in December, 2004, and he says something about how YouTube
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Teresa Nikolic
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this by TBC on Facebook in exchange for an honest review and thought it would be a change from my current favourite genre which is thrillers. I remember watching the news after the Boxing Day Tsunami hit Thailand and other surrounding countries and seeing on screen that huge wall of the wave coming in, being filmed by the people that were in buildings facing it and thinking OMG how did anyone survive that? The Day of the Wave is told by Ben and Isla (Izzy), both of them ...more
Lynn Smith
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review



Isla met Ben when on vacation with her parents in Thailand. Both sixteen years old and enjoying the flirting that went on between them. Just a few days later the tsunami hit and both their lives were changed forever. It has been over a decade since Isla has lost her parents and the boy she was starting to have feelings for. She is still afraid of the ocean and has never been back to Thailand. Until know when she has to go for work.
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Melanie
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an Arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


Ben and Isla meet at age 16 on the beach in Thailand. They only had two weeks together before a tsunami destroys their worlds. The story is written in alternating POV's from Isla and Ben. I loved how the author did not detail the devastation of the tsunami in the beginning chapters or make it the forefront of the book. Instead, the "Day of the Wave" was interwoven throughout the book. It's more the backdrop of this epic love
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Lisa Hall
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was not my usual kind of read, but I'm glad I picked it up - it's marketed on Amazon as a "historical romance novel", and I wouldn't agree with that. Although somewhat historical (seeing as it was 10 years ago), the tag line might have put me off picking it up, as I would have been expecting a reeeealllly historic novel! That said, I did read it and I actually LOVED IT.
I'm not sure whether Becky actually has first experience of events in Thailand that day, or if she just did heaps of
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Nicolene
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I really connected with this book and feel so blessed to have been sent a copy to review.
I have a rather macabre fascination with natural disasters and those who triumph above the disasters so was drawn straight from the beginning.
Isla is a young woman recovering from the mental impact the boxing day tsunami caused her. a chance meeting causes her to face her daemons whether she wants to or not. facing them brings healing and life changing rewards. the universe will always find a way to
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RedRedtheycallmeRed
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked about this book:

* The setting. Most of the story takes place in Thailand, and the author made me feel like I was there.

* Explaining the tsunami and its aftereffects, so many thousands of lives were lost, so many of those that remained had their lives altered immensely. Izzy and Ben's experiences were some of the most moving/scary parts of the story.

* Izzy embracing the culture, teaching at the school, coming to terms with what happened to her parents.

What I didn't like about this
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