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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. Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Waves of Mercy
    October 6, 2017
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the most faith filled novels I've read. It is a story of many tragedies and hardships for Geesje and her family as they immigrate from the Netherlands to Michigan in the 1840's in search of religious freedom. Geesje's early story is told as she reflects back on it after fifty years. She made many mistakes as she sought her own way rather than God's way. Now in her late 60's, she is secure in her faith and fills the role of Tante Geesje to her young neighbor, Derk, whose mother died in a shipwreck twenty years before. Derk works at a hotel in a neighboring town and meets Anna Nicholson, who is vacationing there with her mother from Chicago after the breakup of her engagement to William. Derk at first mistakes Anna for Geesje's granddaughter Elizabeth since the resemblance is so strong. Anna and Derk, who is studying to become a minister, become friends. Anna is troubled by dreams she doesn't understand and a strong need to be closer to God. She has known she was adopted but doesn't know any other details. Anna has a hard time knowing what is the right thing to do about William, after he wants to reconcile. He is typical of wealthy men of that time, expecting to be in charge and for Anna to submit in all things. He even forbids her to return to a small, Bible believing church where she feels a deep connection. It was hard for me to have much of a connection with Anna, though it did get a bit easier as the story continued. Derk was a wise friend who was able to help Anna. I was a little disappointed in the ending. This is a book where I'd like to have read an epilogue to find out how things were for Anna, maybe a year or two later. Except for that, I very much enjoyed the book.
  2. Deede
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Was a Gift of a memory
    April 17, 2017
    Deede
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brought my mother-in-law back to her childhood of Holland, MI.
  3. a2j4eternity
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved It!!!!
    March 8, 2017
    a2j4eternity
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lynn 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!
  4. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Dual Time Line Story!
    January 27, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets 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.

  5. millscreek
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Read
    January 19, 2017
    millscreek
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Enjoyed reading the book.
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