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.
- We Loved Listening to Waves of Mercy
My husband and I listened to Waves of Mercy on a long road trip. We both enjoyed it so very much. Very interesting peek into what it may have been like for immigrants coming to America during the 1800's. Lynn Austin is a great story teller. The two narrators did an excellent job of reading. I loved how some of the characters had such a deep faith and belief in God even when there would be one calamity after another. It gave my husband and I a deeper appreciation of our ancestors who came to America from Europe.
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