Making Waves, Lake Manawa Series #1   -     By: Lorna Seilstad
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It's 1895, and spunky Marguerite Westing is thrilled to discover that her family will summer at Lake Manawa! Escaping her boring suitor, Roger, Marguerite stumbles upon two new loves---sailing and her instructor, Trip. But when her father's gambling threatens to ruin them all, will she marry Roger to save her family's name and fortune? 368 pages, softcover from Revell.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800734459
ISBN-13: 9780800734459
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Series: Lake Manawa Summers

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When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means abandoning the family she loves?

Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the LAKE MANAWA SUMMERS series.

Author Bio

Lorna Seilstad is a history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in and draws her setting from Iowa. This is her first novel.

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  1. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    May 12, 2014
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Making Waves: A Novel - eBook.
    Judging by the cover and first few pages I thought this was going to be a story about another stuffy high class society girl but I was wrong. Lots of adventure and romance throughout the book. Nice to know that Lake Manawa, Iowa is a real place.
  2. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Cute, funny, good message and appealing characters
    April 13, 2014
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the first of the Lake Manawa Summers trilogy, Lorna Seilstad introduces us to the delights of Lake Manawa - a large Iowan lake near Council Bluffs where sailboats skimmed across the waves, young and old enjoyed the delights of the water slide and lake, where the wealthy would camp all summer on the shore, and where other, darker snares lay hidden for the susceptible. Marguerite's family chooses to spend the summer there in large tents with all the comforts of home, and there Marguerite discovers the love of her life - sailing. Except, of course, women are not supposed to sail, but boys can, so Marguerite convinces her younger brother to take lessons with Marguerite supervising - and soaking up everything he is taught. The handsome instructor's main stipulation is that she be able swim, which she can . . . for a couple seconds, if she can bounce off the bottom. Spending more and more time with Trip, Marguerite knows she has to send her rich and boring suitor Roger packing, but she hates to cause a scene. When her little white lies come to light and family problems suddenly appear, what will she do?

    It's fun when an author chooses a little-known location or time period for their setting. Lake Manawa, Iowa, is certainly not someplace I had heard of, let alone known it was such a popular entertainment area at the turn of the century. Back when there was a significantly greater divide in classes, the lake became a place where rich and poor alike mingled, where fantastic daily events drew large crowds to its shores.

    Any lie - big, little, whatever - can hurt someone. And they don't just hurt other people - they have repercussions on the liar too. Marguerite's little white lies did not seem all that bad; they were largely to avoid causing a scene. However, if she had told Roger the truth at the beginning of their courtship - that she had no desire to marry him at all - rather than always putting it off and waiting for her father to rescue her, how much strife could the whole family have avoided? This is not to say everything is her fault, since the blame can be spread around generously, but could the simple action of telling the truth have prevented much of their hardship? And her relationship with Trip takes several blows when he catches her evading the truth.

    As much as I like Trip, he is rather judgmental. All have sinned; all fall short of the glory of God. Marguerite is right up there with everyone else, relying on God's mercy for the foolish things she does. But Trip needs mercy too, especially for his attitude, which is far from Godly at times. It is hard to forgive that which causes enormous pain, but it must be done lest one wallow in bitterness forever.

    This is a well-rounded book - a bit of danger, a bit of fancy, plenty of humor, and sufficient gravity; a spunky heroine, a dashing hero, villainous knave, and a merciful God. Cute and funny with a good message and appealing characters!
  3. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this book, anxious to read the next one
    February 10, 2014
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Marguerite Westing from Council Bluffs, Iowa was a spunky girl who detested the man her mother had picked for her to marry, Roger Gordon. He was vanilla ice cream and she was a strawberry sundae. In 1895 her father decided the family would spend the summer months at Lake Manawa, Iowa, that is where she met Trip Andrews when he had to pull her from the lake and she got her first taste of sailing. Her mother let her younger brother Mark do anything he wanted because he was a boy but she couldn't do anything, that is why she sneaks and lies.

    I wanted to read this series because I was born and raised about 100 miles north of Lake Manawa, where Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota meet, in South Sioux City, Nebraska and these books sounded like some fun stories. I can say I really got into this book, Lorna started out with a fun, lighthearted story and by the final third of the book I was fighting back tears for Marguerite. She was such a fun character it was a shame she had to fight her mother and later her father who had always been her hero, he would let her do things that her mother didn't approve of, until now.

    I would encourage others to read this book if they like Christian Historical's, I think they will really enjoy Lorna's work.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Keeper!!!
    October 25, 2013
    Traci Myers
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved the passion the author used to write this book. It was like I could taste, see and feel everything. And the characters spent a lot of time together and we got to hear all there points of view, my favorite kind of book. Can't wait to read the other two in the series, just started on book 2 and I am enthralled. Great family values too, with the perfect amount of scripture thrown in.
  5. Salem, AL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Cute Book!
    September 6, 2012
    Ruth
    Salem, AL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Making Waves: A Novel - eBook.
    This was such an easy read. I'm a caregiver and a teacher. This was so nice to sit down and appear in a different time period and enjoy it! Enough suspense to keep you in it but lots of fun to read. Thanks for offering it for the ereader.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Lorna Seilstad
Located in: Iowa
Submitted: April 23, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  While most kids were going to baseball games on Sunday afternoons, I was going to antique auctions with my parents. Writing Christian historicals is a natural outgrowth of my love of writing, history, and the Lord. I live in Iowa with my husband and three children--ages 18, 16, and 11. My husband and I teach Bible classes and have worked in youth ministry for over 15 years.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to bring the history of this fascinating area back to life. The Lake Manawa resort was THE place to come west of Chicago around the turn of the century. There were grand pavilions, water toboggan slides, a Midway, entertainment acts, a bandstand, and of course, sailboats. Today, Lake Manawa is a state park.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Besides getting to laugh and perhaps even cry a little, I hope readers will take away how much God values truth and how easy it is for us to lie to ourselves.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Having grown up in the Council Bluffs area, I, like most of the people who live here, had no idea of the historical treasure we had. The research left me with a greater appreciation for human spirit. People in that day worked hard and played hard. Life was changing so rapidly for them. Can you imagine living in a tent all summer at a lake in hundred degree temperatures, wearing all those petticoats, in order to have fun?

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I am voracious reader and love all kinds of inspirational fiction. I was first turned onto inspirational fiction while reading the Cheney Duvall, M.D. series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris. Since then, I've loved Marlo Schlatsky, Dee Henderson, Judith Miller, Mary Connealy, Laura Frantz, and Deanne Gist among others. Most recently, I loved Sarah Sundin's new book, A Distant Melody.

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