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Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lorna Seilstad
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Book Description

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will freespirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her hearteven if it means abandoning the family she loves? Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the Lake Manawa Summers series.

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Marguerite Westing is constantly pushing the boundaries of proper behavior in 1895 with her interest in astronomy, sailing, and other unfeminine pursuits. Her father indulges her, but her mother insists she marry Roger Gordon, a wealthy, socially prominent but boring and self-absorbed businessman. Marguerite’s besetting sins are her flippancy, her impulsiveness, and her tendency to lie in order to get her way, all of which continuously land her in trouble. At Lake Manawa, a popular Iowa summer resort near Council Bluffs, she meets Trip Andrews, a boatmaker who needs to win the regatta and really doesn’t like liars, and by lying she convinces him to teach her and her younger brother to sail. They fall in love, but Roger keeps turning up at the camp to badger her into accepting his suit, and Marguerite learns that unless she does, her entire family will suffer financially. Seilstad’s light Christian historical romance sets the stage for subsequent tales featuring Iowa’s elite at summer camp. --Lynne Welch

From the Back Cover

Sun, summer, and a scrumptious sailing instructor. What more could a girl want?

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will spend the summer of 1895 at Lake Manawa, Iowa, she couldn't be more thrilled. It's the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews.

But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's secrets threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means hurting the family she loves?

Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves will whisk you away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday.

"You'll set sail on a wonderful adventure in Lorna Seilstad's new series. Her quick wit and captivating characters are mixed into a little-known slice of history that will keep you turning the pages and wishing for more when the story ends. Fortunately, there's another book to follow. I can't wait!"--Judith Miller, author, Somewhere to Belong

"Lorna Seilstad pulled me into the world she created around Lake Manawa with the lake breeze, the sailboats, and the leisure of summer days. But the love story and the characters were what made the book great. This needs to be everyone's first choice for a vacation read, or if you just want to open the pages of a book and be transported from your recliner to the beach."--Mary Connealy, author, Doctor in Petticoats and Wrangler in Petticoats

Lorna Seilstad is a history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in and draws her setting from Iowa. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2221 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AIQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Series Debut! September 14, 2010
By Molly
I absolutely LOVE getting to read debut novels by new authors. Lorna Seilstad had got what it takes to create a novel to fully capture the reader instantly, and make them feel right at home with the wonderful characters. Ms. Seilstad has the skills to pen novels that are sure to be best selling!

Making Waves is the first book in this amazing, brand-new series, Lake Manawa Summers, and oh what a start it is! It's 1895 in Iowa and Marguerite just wants to live life adventurously for herself and not like some of the high society women attending dinners and balls. And that's just what she tries to do. She was such an adorable character. She had that real-to-life feel and reminded me of myself at that age, wanting to do what I wanted to do and not meaning to cause raucous. And oh what raucous she caused! Let's talk about her "intended" Roger....DID NOT LIKE HIM! Come on, really? Did he have to be so boring? Oh, and how about Trip? Now THAT was a DREAMY character! I fell in love with him at the first description of his tender hearted, yet strong soul! He really completed the depth to the characters and made the book that much more fun!

Lorna Seilstad packed this series start full of laugh-out-loud humor and antics, a hint of mystery, lots and lots of love, and a spiritual message of never settling for less than God's will in your life, no matter what or whom may think otherwise.

If you like a story full of love, laughter, and God, than this is a 5 star story you won't want to miss. It's a perfect start to a new series and book 2, A Great Catch will be at the top of my wish list until it's Summer '11 release! Great job, Lorna!!

*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Company*
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fun-loving, never-get-bored, page-turner!" January 19, 2011
I am delighted to add new author, Lorna Sielstad, to my favorites list!! What an unexpected treasure "Making Waves" turned out to be! Lorna combines romance and humor with just the right amount of depth and suspense to make this a fun-loving, never-get-bored, page-turner!

Marguerite Westing is a headstrong, fearless, risk-taking beauty who turned out to be one of the most hilarious heroines I have ever had the pleasure of reading! She is always somewhere polite society says she shouldn't be, doing something polite society says she shouldn't be doing, but it's her explanations out of such situations and her reasoning for finding herself in them in the first place that makes for a most enjoyable read! But within her explanations and reasonings, however well intended they might be, is a little web of lies- lies she tries to justify but soon finds out (rather painfully, might I add) that every lie has its day in the sun.

To her credit Marguerite has none of the airs you would expect from a girl of her station- her dearest friend (who is more like a sister to her) is Lilly, her personal maid- and she also possess a sacrificial love for her family, which showcases more as the story goes on. But there is a dark cloud hovering over the Westing family in the form of Roger Gordon, Marguerite's self-proclaimed fiancé, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants- and what he wants is the beautiful Marguerite for his own. Our heroine started her summer with dreams of adventure and fun but soon finds that secrets, be they hers or someone else's, have a way of catching up and putting a real damper on things. Is there a silver lining to be found on Lake Manawa?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical romance - so fun! November 21, 2010
One of the most clever, fun books I have read this year. Lorna Seilstad takes a period of history and weaves a delightful story around the setting. The setting (Lake Manawa, Iowa) actually becomes one of the characters as the story progresses and I had so much fun visualizing the area around the lake. Marguerite Westing is a fantastic heroine - she is full of vim and vigor and won't conform to anyone's expectations, including the man who wants to marry her. Though her mother is pushing for the marriage, she is relying on her dad to let her marry for love not money... right? There are mysteries surrounding happenings at the lake, where everyone who's anyone is camping for the summer. It's hard for me to imagine camping as a sign of the "in crowd", but okay... I loved the history surrounding the lake as explained in the back of the book and I adored this story.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd man out May 2, 2011
By David
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
With all the glowing reviews, I feel like the odd man out (I am a man). Looking forward to some light but stimulating reading, I found, after 82 pages I couldn't continue. I was too depressed. Believing the reviews, the expectation was that I would be smiling and turning pages as fast as I can. The characters seem shallow and trite. The bad people too cartoon like. The main bad guy was a sociopath and that was evident from the beginning. This put a really gloomy haze over the story. The mother was evil in her selfishness, yet an attempt was made to make her appear a good wife, and concerned mother. It just didn't come together. The story wasn't real.

I hate to write negative reviews, so this gets 3 stars when, in my opinion, it should get 2. Also, even though I am a male, I do enjoy good romance. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors (her earlier books). I read them for escape. This book didn't give that to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, funny, exciting
This book was an enjoyable read, with plenty of humor and drama. Very likable and hatable characters, and a good climax.
Published 2 days ago by TanyaP
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
Making Waves is such a great book. Once you start reading it you do t want to stop. Loved & hated the characters, the moral of the story was great. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, fun, Christian story with Christian values and full of...
I love this author! She writes with humor and Christian values. I loved every moment of this book. I hope to read more of her books in the future. Read more
Published 4 days ago by You will love this book
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Waves made me smile
What a darling book! I loved that the Christian vibe was not overly done like so many others I've read. The lessons of honesty, down to being honest with yourself, gambling, etc. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jeanette M. Binns
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny, with a good message and appealing characters
In the first of the Lake Manawa Summers trilogy, Lorna Seilstad introduces us to the delights of Lake Manawa - a large Iowan lake near Council Bluffs where sailboats skimmed across... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Raya
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers Book #1) by Lorna Seilstad
This is such a good book, I had to read it again! I will read it many times until I remember it all! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lois Nelson.
3.0 out of 5 stars This book will make some waves
So I normally love books set in this time frame and this one was no exception. The only thing was I could never fall in love with the book; I just really liked it so do not be... Read more
Published 6 days ago by iforgot2tellya
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
I so enjoyed the quips and conversations the star role of the book had with God. It kept the book on the light side and joyful. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Doris Montrose
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Escape (3.5 Stars)
If you love books about "plucky" heroines who are trying to push the boundaries of acceptable behavior for young ladies of their time period, you'll love this book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by I.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Waves
I really more than enjoyed this book.I get so happy when it's so good I have tell someone.
Just a good read.
Published 12 days ago by Elizabeth Campbell
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Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.

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