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Waves of Mercy Paperback – October 4, 2016
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"How did your meeting with the Semi-Centennial Committee go, Moeder?" my son Jakob asks.
"They want me to write down my story for a book they're making about the history of our city. Everything I can remember about leaving the Netherlands fifty years ago and settling here."
"You're going to do it, I hope."
"I don't know . . ." I pick up my knitting and wind the yarn around my fingers. The needles whisper softly as they slide against each other, as if telling secrets. "I'm not sure if they only want to know what happened during those years and all the hardships we faced, or if I should tell them the whole truth."
Jakob blinks. "What do you mean?"
I don't reply. What I'm asking is: Should I tell the truth about all the times I despaired of God's love? The times when I doubted and my faith was shaken and I turned away from Him in anger? Nay, sometimes it was more than anger--it was rage. Those feelings are part of my story, too, the part I've kept hidden all these years. Do they belong in this book they are making about our past? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Haunted by the Unknowns of Their Pasts, Two Women Search for Answers Along the Shores of Lake Michigan
Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Filled with questions about her newfound faith and troubled by a recurring nightmare, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry.
Prompted by a request from her son, Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. As she writes them down for the Semi-Centennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own as she honestly and painfully recalls her regrets, doubts, hardships, and joys. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna, and wishes to bring the two together.
Past and present collide as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations that await them.
"Austin has crafted an interesting, historically accurate portrait of two profoundly different characters: one looking back at life, the other taking her first faltering steps toward independence."--Publishers Weekly
"Two riveting storylines and two fascinating heroines join a cast of intriguing supporting characters with rich historical detail. Additionally, the switch between the story's past and present timelines -- as well as alternating between first-person narrators -- remains seamless and distinct."--RT Book Reviews
"Interlacing the past with the present-day lives of Anna and Geesje, Austin compassionately delivers a moving tale of family bonds, tests of faith, and abiding love."--Booklist starred review
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Top Customer Reviews
As a disclaimer, although I am also an author, I do not know Lynn Austin personally. This review is from my heart and of my own opinion.
The thing that makes this not my favorite of all of her books is that I didn't care for William's outcome at the end of the book. I needed a little more explanation for his character. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story for others. Kind of makes me wonder if there is a sequel coming.
Lynn Austin is still my all-time favorite author, followed closely by Cathy Gohlke, I very much agree with all of the 5-star ratings that are posted so far, and I would recommend this book to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! Inspiring! Want to read more books by this author. Read as part of book club assigned book. Will recommend.