Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austen

Title: Waves of Mercy
Author:  Lynn Austin
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  October 4, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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.

With more than half a century apart, latest being the late 1890s, the dual timeline of Lynn Austin's Waves of Mercy is still historical to its truest form. The multi-generational aspect of Anna and Geesje gives readers a different type of story,  Rich with historical details, the author didn't just give us something to read, she brought the visual aspect of life in the mid 1800s to the end of the century to life. Both Anna and Geesje have a distinct voice that translate well on paper. Their story is one of lost, trials, and heartbreaks, but it's also about courage, strength and faith. Add in a slew of interesting characters, the stories within stories will capture your attention and set sail until you dock.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half 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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