Shaped by the Waves

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Cassie George is barely staying above water as she works to get her doctorate and raise her daughter. But she stubbornly keeps swimming to prove a few bad decisions haven't ruined her forever. Plus, it's all a great excuse to stay away from the small Oregon town she fled in shame years prior. But when she receives a call that the aunt who raised her has had a major health crisis, she knows it's time to return.

Cassie is surprised to be more welcomed by the quirky seaside community than she expected, even if there's still tension between her and her former classmate Nora Milford. But she still can't help feeling unsettled and is mystified by a mysterious package that appears, full of typed pages that tell the story of an anonymous woman's life. As her curiosity sends her on a journey toward truth, Cassie will discover that who she thought she was and what she wants for her life are both about to change.

Praise for Christina Suzann Nelson

"Nelson's beautifully written tale . . . will have readers considering complex questions long after closing the cover."--LISA WINGATE on The Way It Should Be

"Recommended for libraries where Karen Kingsbury and Robin Lee Hatcher are popular."--LIBRARY JOURNAL on The Way It Should Be

"Nelson offers pictures of grace, glimpses of beauty, and the hope of redemption."--LAUREN K. DENTON on The Way It Should Be

"Readers will be quickly drawn into this powerful novel that is, in turns, both heartbreaking and uplifting."--BOOKLIST starred review on More Than We Remember

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  1. Christina Suzann Nelson
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    Christina Suzann Nelson

    Christina Suzann Nelson ( is an inspirational speaker and Christy award-winning author. Her first novel, If We Make It Home, was honored as one of Library Journal's top five inspirational novels of 2017, and her 2021...

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"Shaped by the Waves is a beautiful testament to the love within communities and the impact of sharing life's joys and pains. As she gently addresses loss and new beginnings, Nelson offers deeply compassionate insights into the challenges, transitions, and grief of caregiving."


"Christina Suzann Nelson always manages to craft characters who are hurting, yet strong willed, and make them become a reader's best friend while trying to help them work out their problems.  I have been a fan of many of her books and this is an excellent addition to the collection."

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"Pleasingly suspenseful and complexly plotted, this novel for adults is a window into a broken world where evil often manifests, yet where God's grace is always evident, bringing shalom."

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