Thursday, October 6, 2016

Waves of Mercy Book Review


 About the Book

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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

The idea of this story line intrigued me and is what made me pick up the book. Once I got further into the book I realized that this was not the book for me. It was so difficult for me to fully get into. The characters while well developed didn't totally capture my attention. It was a very slow read for me and the back and forth between characters past and present required paying close attention. Many people are loving this book but it simply wasn't for me. 
Three stars. 

"I received this book free of charge from Bethany House."

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