Tuesday, July 14, 2015



The Day of the Wave
by Becky Wicks 



Torn apart by the tragedy. Thrown back together ten years later by destiny... Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami ripped through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead.

Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.



'Don't I have to get a boat, if I go over to Phi Phi?' I say.

'Well, yeah, it's an island.'

I bite my lip, watch the water drip from Ben's hair onto his shoulder blades. Coming here was one thing; going to Phi Phi too, that was never part of the plan. 'I'm not sure I can go on a boat,' I say and he shakes his head at me.

'You've already been on the beach, Izzy. You stepped in the water. You rode a scooter! Come on, you can ride a speedboat. It's not even that far. It's less than an hour from Phuket.'

'All valid points, but...'

'Focus on the prize. You'll feel great for riding the boat, like I know you do about the bike. And you need to catch this asshole, Alan,' he says, 'get your passport back. And your notebook! You need the notebook to finish your book.'

'I need it to start my book,' I admit as Justin lets out a Tarzan cry and crashes into the waterfall pool again. 'Ben, what if it's not even him who took my stuff? Or what if he leaves the island and we can't find him?'

'What if, what if, what if,' he teases. 'What if the cops on Phi Phi keep an eye on him? They will, Izzy, trust me, they love this stuff. Catching dumb tourists out, it's their favorite thing.'

I laugh. I can't help it now. I can see that sixteen-year-old-Ben again; the way he was when we met. There was always another adventure ahead. Something else exciting. In just eight days Ben managed to turn my holiday into a trip through some kind of magical wonderland. I can feel my resolve weakening already. My life is so boring now. Boring and safe and gray. I think of Colin again. One shade of gray. It's all been very far from fifty, actually.

'What about Kalaya? Will she come?' I say, feigning indifference. My stomach knots as I say it but I already know she wouldn't exactly be thrilled about us going off to an island together on some mission. 

'I'll ask her,' Ben says. I can't read his voice. 

'What are you guys plotting over here?' Justin says, walking back over to us from the water. He drops himself down on his haunches, pulls the bottle of water back out of his backpack and swigs it back. It drips down his chin.

'The police found a guy on Phi Phi who might have Izzy's stuff,' Ben tells him.

'Really? I'm heading there next, are you heading over there?'

'I think so.'

'Is your girlfriend going with you?' he asks Ben. 'Or did you forget you had one?'

We both snap our heads to him at the exact same time. Justin laughs, screws the bottle top back on and shoves it with his shirt back into his backpack. 'Come on mate, I can see two people falling when they're right in front of me.'

I make a choking sound. 'Falling... what...' 

'In luuuurve. Any more sparks between you and you'd be starting a bloody forest fire. I hope it rains if you do... it's too fuggin' hot as it is. Right, I'm going now.'

'You're going?'

'I'm heading back, I need a nanny nap,' he says, getting up. 'I'll see you lovebirds later. Thanks for the tour.'

We both watch him leave. My cheeks are blazing hotter than ever. I stare at the waterfall and so does Ben and neither of us says anything for ages. Awkward, awkward, awkward. 

'You know what?' I say eventually, getting to my feet. 'I do want to jump off those rocks.'

'Really?' Ben springs up after me. 

'Yes, I'm going to do it.' 

'Well, wait, I'll come with you!'

'Come on then.'

He follows me back up to the wet, grassy ledge, clambering up rock after rock after rock till we're as high as we can get. I look out at the croaking, chirruping landscape and down at the water. He takes my fingers as I walk to the edge and take a deep breath. 'OK, Izzy, are you sure about this?'


'Then on the count of three,' he says. 'One... Two...'

'Three!' I yell. And with Ben's hand holding mine, I'm falling. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Becky Wicks is mostly powered by coffee. She had three travel memoirs published by HarperCollins before going the indie route. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, 'Before He Was Famous' recently reached #1 in Amazon's Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories. The second in the series, 'Before He Was Gone', and the third, 'Before He Was A Secret' are both out now along with 'The Day Of The Wave' - a romance based around the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Becky blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter: @bex_wicks (especially if you have cat photos)

Twitter: @bex_wicks

YouTube- Book Video: 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I remember 2004's Boxing Day Tsunami like it was yesterday, so when I saw this book, I was a little skeptical. A romance immerse in such a big tragedy? How is the author going to do it?
Like this: The story is written in such a tasteful way, Becky Wicks uses a really heartfelt language, you became pull into the plot with such force, I can't write the amount of emotions that I left in this reading, my heart broke not one nor twice, I was able to feel pain, heartbreak, love, hope, fear, and that's, my friend, the real purpose of books.
This story is about second chances, healing and letting the past go.
Dear Becky Wicks, Can you see me? I'm in the back of the room, giving you a standing ovation.
Highly Recommended

*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*



 $50 Amazon or B/N GC 


  1. Loved reading the blurb & the excerpt, thank you!

    1. Hi Nikolina! Thanks for stopping by, good luck!!

  2. Great post - I loved the excerpt and the trailer! Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Victoria! Thanks for stopping by, good luck!

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    1. Thank you, for letting me be part of your Blog Tour!!!

  4. Terrific post! I enjoyed the excerpt and the trailer. Thank you for sharing!

  5. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

  6. I think my comment got eaten yesterday...anyway, good luck with the release!


  7. I too, like the author, am mostly powered by coffee

  8. I have three books to read right now. i place it on my wish list.

  9. I love the dialogue here. It really helps me "see" the characters!

  10. Looks like an interesting book ;)

  11. Thanks for the excerpt :) And great review! That is the real purpose of books.

  12. It sounds like a beautiful story.Thank you

  13. Wonderful excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  14. I love reading theses books are so good.

  15. I know Im going to cry based on the synopsis Hoping for a very happy ending :)

  16. If it wasn't for reviews, we wouldn't be able to figure out which books we should read in the future!