In 1897, Geesje de Jonge is asked to write a memoir about her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to Michigan. As Geesje recalls the events of her past---including the story of her one true love---a young visitor named Anna mourns a broken engagement. What life-alteri... Read More
Release Date: 10/2016
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 4, 2016
- UPC: 9780764217616
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 400
- Publish Date: Oct 4, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764217615
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- Haunting Tale of Dutch Settlement of West Michigan by Babbling Becky L on 11/25/2016
Lynn Austin has indeed produced another gem with Waves of Mercy. This emotionally captivating story of young love, choices, and faith freely discussed in a spell-binding saga of two different generations reminds me of the effect of Christy.
I feel like I can better explain some past non-romantic choices after reading this book, in the light of a desire to follow God's Word. What an encouragement this book can be for our young generation that needs to trust the Lord and learn to make choices based on obedience to His will.
All this encased in a story that will grab your heart and not let it go!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
- Peace after Turmoil by Laura on 11/18/2016
Anna Nicholson is young and heartbroken. She's lost her fiance due to her strong pull towards an unapproved non-elite Chicago church. In order to process her thoughts and heal her heart, her mother takes her across the Lake to Holland, Michigan. As simple as Anna's story seems, her deepest fear exists in her dreams. She continually relives the torture of drowning in a lake and that dread almost becomes a reality when they took the boat across Lake Michigan. Will her fears ever be put to ease?
Anna's emotional turmoil seems trivial in comparison to a local woman, Geesje de Jonge, who had a lifetime of hard experiences, starting with Geesje's family facing religious persecution in the Netherlands. Geesje is working through her past on paper, in an attempt to share her story for the town's fiftieth anniversary celebration. The elderly woman is afraid to share, in brutal honesty, the details of her life, but she ends up finding peace with her past through letting her young friend, Derk Vander Veen, into her past. Derk also meets Anna while she's vacationing and patiently listens to Anna's heart. Derk and Anna are unfit to be friends, per their social statuses, but something draws them together.
The author, Lynn Austin, lives in Western Michigan, where "Waves of Mercy" is set. Since I am familiar with the area, I was excited to read this story. She has a very natural style to read and I was easily pulled into her characters' lives. Even with splitting her story across continents and decades, everything fit together well. Both Anna and Geesje have quite the story to tell and the pages will naturally turn quickly! To see what happens in "Waves of Mercy," pick up your copy!
I received this great book from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
- Awash in history, complex characters, and highly emotive writing, Austin's latest is not to be missed! by Amanda on 10/12/2016
I feel like a time traveler who's returned to the present day after a memorable visit to the late 1800's. Without leaving the comfort of my home, Waves of Mercy brought me across the Atlantic ocean with Geesje De Jonge and her family. They are fleeing the Netherlands with their entire community in search of religious freedom in America. Every aspect of their journey was arduous, and the land that greeted them was untamed. When all manner of affliction assailed their small Dutch colony in western Michigan, they held fast God — trusting.
1897 is the starting point for Anna Nicholson and Geesje's stories. Readers gain insight into Anna's life through her dreams as well as dialogue with other characters, like her mother and a hotel worker named Derk. On the other hand, Lynn Austin cleverly allows Geesje to write her life's history (for us to read) at the request of her town's Semi-Centennial Committee.
Waves of Mercy tossed my emotions about like a ship in a storm. In an overtly Christian novel where the people question their circumstance in relation to God's goodness, His will, and their willingness/unwillingness to obey; the characters were relatable, yet not always admirable. At times I felt the story was about to be capsized by sadness, but my lasting takeaway was how all the trials produced perseverance and maturity of faith. Awash in history, complex characters, and highly emotive writing, Austin's latest is not to be missed!
I received this book free of charge from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
- GOD gives us Mercy anew by Carol on 10/3/2016
Historical, realistic,(how the author has all the historical information is correct it is amazing) how loving(Geesje's, Anna's, Derk's, love for GOD) what other kind of miraculous kind of love is there? tender(Geesje all that she gone through love of her self and love for others as well as Anna choosing between GOD and another and Derk choosing having similar choices.) answers to prayers (Geesje's went through so much in her life you think of it she probably went through it and yet even though she got angry and questioned GOD she still prayed and waited for an answer -was it answered? hmmmmmmm well you have to get the book to see if it tells you what she prayed for and if it ever tells you if it ever got answered.) This is about restoration in many ways along the way. This is an incredible book - it is an amazing story - you have two stories in one - it is about Anna who has disobeyed her fiancé and went to church when he told her not to so he calls it off- can you believe that - man - so anyways - she meets this man Derk who is going to school to be a Minister - he introduces her to the Christian faith - it makes her feel like it is real, close to GOD - her mother would not like it if she knew that she was talking to a Hotel worker or that he was teaching this to her - but in his talks to her he told her about Geesje - she was a girl from the Netherlands - one of the ones who came to the new town - she kept a journal from when she was young - Anna got to read all about Geesje - she went through so very much - so much so that she ended up questioning GOD, angry at HIM at times, as I said before she had been praying for 20 years waiting for an answer - she has hardship, heartbreak, tragedy and loss - all for one girl - and there is so much more - and ONE major thing well no not ONE but some major things happen towards the end of the book that you will not believe - and I will not tell - you have to read it for yourselves - one I will ruin it for you but two I could not do it justice - this book will move your heart on so many levels. I received a copy to read so I could give an honest review