Waves of Mercy  -     By: Lynn Austin
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217615
ISBN-13: 9780764217616

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Austin Returns with a Multi-Generational Historical Novel

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.

Author Bio

Lynn Austin has sold more than 1.5 million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The choices we make
    November 29, 2016
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you like family drama then you will definitely enjoy author Lynn Austins newest novel Waves of Mercy. This story follows two different timelines for two women who have much more in common than they can imagine. Alternating between the two timelines we have Annas story which is in 1897; and Geesjes which takes place 50 years previous. I have to say this was at times a heart wrenching read; filled with sadness and circumstances that would make the bravest person tremble. This was a story of choices; between right and wrong, love and loyalty, and submission to Gods will. A major theme running throughout is the question of why does God let bad things happen? And when that question is not answered, do we still trust? This was also a very thoughtful read on the choices and consequences of our own free will.

    I would say that this is more Geesjes story as in that one we do come to a resolution. I do not know if this will be a series or not, but Annas story is left open, which does work with this story. Reading just this one book I felt like I was invested in an amazing series already. I highly recommend this historical fiction drama.

    I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review and the views expressed are my own.
  2. The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A winner!
    November 28, 2016
    Marbie
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a Dutch reader, I immensely enjoyed this book about Dutch immigrants starting the colony Holland in Michigan in the 19th century. Lynn Austin has many fans in the Netherlands and I think I can speak for all of her fans here that this was a treat for us; the Dutch readers!

    Waves of Mercy tells the story of two womenan elderly woman, Geesje de Jonge, who emigrated from the Netherlands to start the Holland colony with her parents and of a wealthy young woman named Anna who doesnt know where she comes from. Both are from a totally different background, but they have something in commonthey are both searching for answers and theres more . . .

    The storyline was well developed and I loved seeing how everything worked out. This is not a romance story. It is an historical novel that also covers Geesjes love story, but its definitely not the kind that most romance lovers are looking for. The story is realistic and satisfying. It has depth and is beautifully written. A winner!

  3. SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Haunting Tale of Dutch Settlement of West Michigan
    November 25, 2016
    Becky
    SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lynn Austin has indeed produced another gem with Waves of Mercy. This emotionally captivating story of young love, choices, and faith freely discussed in a spell-binding saga of two different generations reminds me of the effect of Christy.

    I feel like I can better explain some past non-romantic choices after reading this book, in the light of a desire to follow God's Word. What an encouragement this book can be for our young generation that needs to trust the Lord and learn to make choices based on obedience to His will.

    All this encased in a story that will grab your heart and not let it go!

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent, As Always
    November 18, 2016
    coderlady
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    Lynn Austin consistently writes interesting, informative and Godly stories and this one follows through. Love the story setting in Holland, Michigan and the history behind it. You won't be disappointed in this read!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    November 16, 2016
    Cindy
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, Waves Of Mercy, by Lynn Austin. And I thank you for sending it promptly and in great condition.

    Lynn Austin in one of my most favorite authors. She has such an insightful way of developing the characters she is writing about. They seem like personal friends by the end of the book! But she also takes great pains to study the history of the times she is writing about, so they truly are historical novels. This one, in particular, was so enlightening for me because I knew nothing about the Dutch immigrants and the struggles they had in The Netherlands, as true believers in Jesus. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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