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.
Fascinating journey of Faith! Lynn Austin sucks me in with her lovable characters and intriguing plot twists and this new book from her is NO exception! Every Christian Fiction book should have as much Faith, and mention God as much as this book does! Trials and tragedy weave among the joy and love in these characters lives. This story is mainly about Geejse; her life and how the other characters weave into it. This is a refreshing kind of love story also! In both the past and the present I found myself thinking I knew who I wanted the ladies to end up with, but Lynn writes in a way that will tug your heart in other directions mid stream!!! :D There are SO many fabulous messages and lessons that touched my heart deeply! I did not want this book to end, and would LOVE for Lynn to continue with these characters if she had a mind to! :) I'd gladly pick up a book furthering Anna or Derk's stories! Truly a fascinating and beautiful tale of love, loss, Faith, romance, and God's faithful love throughout!!!
Songs: "Trust In You" by Lauren Daigle, "One Day At A Time" by Cristy Lane, and "Worth It" by Francesca Battistelli
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Waves of Mercy. ~ASC