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Waves of Mercy
Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.
At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.
Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the fact that Lynn Austin placed her characters in Michigan, and to be precise it was Holland, Michigan. To use some real places in the book was fascinating. Geesje’s part of the book is the part I enjoyed the most. The history in Geesji’s story was thought provoking. Austin wrote what it was like to move to a new place and she wrote in great detail about the struggle Geesji went through and exactly what she felt. Anna’s story was good as well but I would have to say it was a little dry. I was very glad when the two characters met at the end of the book. I was just a little disappointed in the ending, I wanted to know what exactly happened to Geesji and Anna but the story left off in a sad/happy moment.
Title: Waves of Mercy
Author: Lynn Austin
Author’s Website: http://lynnaustin.org/
I received this book from the Bethany House Division <http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse> of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.