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Lynn Austin returns with a multi-generational historical novel.
Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age 17 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, 23-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.
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By M. Holmes on 01-14-17
Lynn Austin is amazing! Narration stinks
If you could sum up Waves of Mercy in three words, what would they be?
Captivating, Heartbreaking, Triumphant
What other book might you compare Waves of Mercy to and why?
I'm not sure I can compare it to another story. The 'rags to riches' for an abandoned orphan has been done, but not in this fashion. The 'tragedy to triumph' has also been done before, but this book pulled me in like very few have.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
This is where it gets disappointing. Lynn Austin's previous narrators have set the bar quite high and I'm sad to say that these ladies did not meet expectations. The female voices were just okay, but the male voices were plodding and uninspired. They made me want to quit the book on more than one occasion. It was PAINFUL to listen to the men speak. I would definitely hesitate if I saw any one of these ladies on another recording.
Any additional comments?
I've listened to nearly every one of Lynn Austin's books and I was not disappointed by this book. Well, at least not by the writing. The narration leaves much to be desired. Also, the book did not have the ending I was expecting. I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Michael on 12-07-16
Disappointing for Lynn Austin, Poor Performance
Lynn Austin is my favorite author. I love all of her books with this one exception. It was a engaging story but very tragic. So many trials and unfortunate circumstances. However, I could have gotten past the depressing nature of the book if it was not for the narration. There were two narrators and one was terrible. I have never thought that narration alone could ruin a book for me, but I was wrong. Surely, someone else may find the narration unremarkable, and the underlying story and message were good.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18
Very relevant and thought provoking book on matters of faith, temptation, selfishness, obedience and disobedience, loss, true love, truth and sacrifice. It displays Gods abiding love for and covering over those whom He has chosen and how He uses events in our lives to draw us closer to Himself. This book teaches on the importance of waiting patiently on God and the power of prayer. I was wholly enveloped in the story and reminded countless times how God works all things according to His wisdom and Knowledge. Excellent narration throughout
By Amazon Customer on 03-12-17
As all Lynn Austin books are. Gripping story. Couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for her next book.