“A metaphor-rich, coming-of-age, contemporary novel about finding your equilibrium while experiencing overwhelming grief.” —Booklist

“Hypnotic, beautiful, and as unpredictable as the waves themselves on
the spit of Hatteras Island. Readers will fall in love with Charlotte
and Evie, whose love story is as deep as any romance . . . the perfect
beach read.”—Michele Young-Stone, Lost in the Beehive and Above Us Only Sky

“A moving meditation on grief and the forces that both pull people
together and tear them apart. The coastal setting is so rich and
beautifully rendered, you can practically hear the waves, a rhythm
that mirrors the highs and lows of loss and love.”—Jill McCorkle, Old Crimes and Hieroglyphics

“A story of hard-earned hope. These pages quickly feel like home, or a Carolina beach you’re never ready to leave.”—James Tate Hill, Blind Man’s Bluff

“A must-read for anyone navigating the loss of a parent at a young
age. A must-read for anyone with a heart."—Laura Carney, My Father's List: How Living My Dad's Dreams Set Me Free


Grieving after her father’s death, a young woman seeks solace in an Outer Banks beach town of North Carolina where her best friend’s family runs a small inn.

The family welcomes Charlotte with chowder dinners and a cozy room, but her friend Evie has a looming life change of her own, and soon Charlotte seeks other attractions to navigate her grief. Will she, like in some television movie, find her way back through a romance, or are there larger forces at play on Hatteras Island? Heather Frese, winner of the Lee Smith Novel Prize and author of The Baddest Girl on the Planet, sets Charlotte on a beautifully rendered course through human frailty, unrelenting science, and the awesome forces of the Carolina coast.