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Waves of Mercy, by Lynn Austin
In 1897, Geesje de Jonge is asked to write a memoir about her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to Michigan. As Geesje recalls the events of her past---including the story of her one true love---a young visitor named Anna mourns a broken engagement. What life-altering surprises await the two women before the summer ends?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
Deede5 Stars Out Of 5Was a Gift of a memoryApril 17, 2017DeedeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Brought my mother-in-law back to her childhood of Holland, MI.
a2j4eternityWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved It!!!!March 8, 2017a2j4eternityWisconsinAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors for her storytelling ability. This book did not disappoint! She uses real history and weaves a beautiful story. I loved the authenticity of the characters and the real struggles they faced. There were so many powerful lessons that can be pulled from this story. How many of us have made choices without consulting the Lord and then have had to live with those choices. I could feel the struggle of Geesje as she wrestled with what her flesh wanted and what she knew to be right. I also saw how the Lord redeems those bad choices and can still work in our lives, bless us and do the unexpected when we turn completely to Him. Well done Lynn!!! I anxiously await your next beautiful story!
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Dual Time Line Story!January 27, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?", Anna Nicholson wonders. Adopted into one of Chicago's most elite families, she has begun to ponder who she is and what her future will look like after a broken engagement, the man that she presumed to love forbade her to attend a church where her questions seemed to be answerable, causing a deep rift and regrettably harsh words.
Vacationing in Holland, Michigan with her mother, Anna encounters a young hotel employee, a seminary student, who becomes a dear friend. Away from the immediate pressure of her future, Anna begins to dream about what must have been her past, experiencing nightmares in horrifying detail. Derk Vander Veen's kind words and sincere faith become a balm to Anna's troubled spirit, in spite of the fact that the two are headed in totally different directions, until an unlikely source spills a story of her own.
"Waves of Mercy" is not necessarily an entertaining novel with its deep tones of sadness and melancholy, but it's certainly an edifying story, in the sense that its characters learn to rejoice in the God in whom they trust, not only in the good times but also in the bad, for nothing could ever separate them from His love. It also seemed a little unfinished, but then again, maybe not.
I received this book from the publisher, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
millscreek5 Stars Out Of 5A Good ReadJanuary 19, 2017millscreekQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Enjoyed reading the book.
cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spell BindingDecember 17, 2016cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anna Nicholson is from high society Chicago. She comes to Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan after breaking off her engagement to her finance. She needs time alone to think and learn more about her new found faith. She has so many questions she wants answered. While she is there her recurring nightmares she has come back and a lot more frequent.
While at the hotel she meets a hotel worker Derk Vander Veen who is studying for the ministry. He is able to answer many of the questions she has. As they talk Derk can't help but see how Geesje de Jonge seems to have a similar story and would be able to help her.
Geesje de Jonge is writing her story. A story that starts 50 years ago in the Netherlands. She painfully tells her story of doubts, regrets, hardships and joys. As her story unfolds, the similar story of her what's happened in her life and in Anna's life links them together in a way that neither expected.
Lynn Austin has written another spell binding novel. She has such a wonderful way of drawing you and opening your eyes to so clearing see the story (in this case the two stories) that are unfolding before you. I do have to admit I didn't care for the end (which I don't want to spoil) but I do see where Geesje's advice came from to Anna - though I was hoping for a different end!
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.