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Though Waters Roar

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"Thank goodness you're such a plain child. You'll have to rely on your wits."

So went the words of Grandma Bebe. And for all of my growing-up years, I scoffed at the beauty of my sister and what I saw as her meaningless existence. But my wits hadn't served me well in this instance, for here I was, in jail. And while I could have seen it as carrying on the family tradition (
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Published October 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2009)
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This is a unique story and that's why I was so unsure what to rate this. I haven't read very many books like this one which I found really nice! To make it easier I'll give all my pros and cons :)

-The whole suffrage deal. Okay, I really, really get it folks and I'm not going to start an argument. Grandma Bebe's thoughts on it was a little confusing. Half of the time she thought woman weren't equal and then the other half said they were. While I have nothing against woman voting, I still
Naomi Sarah
Feb 09, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it really liked it
{I'm just rating this four stars instead of five because it's not my favourite Lynn Austin book and I feel that I shouldn't rate every Lynn Austin book five stars, haha.}

Anyways, this book... IS GOOD. I reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreally like it, (as that annoyingly catchy ghastly pop song puts it.) IT IS GOOD. Point made.

What I loved:
1. HANNAH. Hannah is an AMAZING character and I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING SHE SAYS 100%. My goal in life: To be like Hannah. (Maybe slightly less preachy and sli
Jan 16, 2014 Jeanie rated it really liked it
Reading brings you to time in history where you can live it in the lives of others even in a fictional historical setting. You learn something that history books cannot obtain, the human emotions and struggles that give you a better appreciation of that time but also a appreciation of the time we are in. Four generations of women, starting in the Civil War and ending in how women have the right to vote. Hannah a mother and wife of a farmer who had a black and white faith. She was a steam engine ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I raced right through it. I thought it had interesting characters and I enjoyed reading about 3 generations of women, who went about helping the causes they believed in in totally different ways.

While there were some parts of the book I didn't necessarily agree with I still very much enjoyed reading it.
I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it was a Christian book (and I have a hard time reading those kinds of books because they are usually so preachy and syrupy, which I don't care for). This book is actually a historical fiction with a strong message of faith and grace interwoven throughout the stories. It starts out with Harriet, a willful young woman who was in jail. She recounts her memories of her beloved Grandmother, Bebe, whose story is interwoven throughout ...more
Christy Lockstein
Oct 04, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin is a powerful novel of three generations of women fighting to find their place in the world. When Harriet finds herself in jail, she can't help but remember her Grandma Bebe's own time in jail as she fought for various causes during her lifetime. Harriet reflects on her grandmother's life story to try and make sense of how she ended up here. I don't think it's possible for Austin to write a bad story. Every novel she writes sings with history and beauty. You can ...more
Emily Good
This was a really good read, and helped me to understand the importance of having God at the centre of your life and decisions, no matter what amazing things you may acomplish. The main reason why I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars is because it did jump around a bit more than I would have liked, with the narrator's grandmother's life taking up more than half the book. This meant that the ending and explanation about the narrator felt a little rushed while the first half felt dragged out longer t ...more
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Interesting combination of stories, but the author was not clear on what she thought the role of women should be. Her ideas about the role of women seemed contradictory.
Maryann Christiansen
Jan 09, 2013 Maryann Christiansen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was well written and so important to women's issues.
Kristi Jarrell
Feb 21, 2017 Kristi Jarrell rated it it was amazing
This book started kind of slow, and I was unsure of it at first. But as the soured unfolded through the generations, I just had to know more! I finished the book feeling enlightened, and inspired! Wanting to grow my faith with God further!
Joy Kidney
Nov 30, 2016 Joy Kidney rated it it was amazing
Dealing with the Underground Railroad, Prohibition, and Women's Suffrage, three generations of women struggle with their wants and ambitions, as well as where does God fit into all of this?
Apr 12, 2012 Dooba rated it did not like it
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Nov 12, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing
Lynn Austin has once again captured the intricacies of compelling relationships in this historical fiction set in World War I. In Though Waters Roar, Grandma Bebe, otherwise known as, Beatrice Aurelia Monroe, sets out to empower women in the world and ends up in jail for her support of Prohibition. After attempting to shut down a Saloon following the departure of her co-conspirators of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Grandma Bebe sets about smashing whiskey barrels with an axe in order t ...more
Celeste Batchelor
Aug 03, 2012 Celeste Batchelor rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, christian
Though Waters Roar is written in a different fashion than I've seen before, which sometimes added to the suspense, but also the confusion. The subject matter was interesting as it follows four generations of women within the same family and how they contributed to society during their time and place in the world. Personally, the author had some very good points to make, yet I still feel somewhat concerned about the nature of the book.

The bouncing between time was confusing and challenging to kee
Beckie Burnham
Jan 06, 2016 Beckie Burnham rated it it was amazing
Lynn Austin is one of the most talented authors in the Christian fiction business today. I have read a number of her Biblical fiction offerings and loved them. Though Waters Roar is the first historical novel I have read by her, but it reinforces that she is a must-read author. A multi-generational saga set against the backdrop of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Though Waters Roar explores the role of women in the political events of the times while creating a very personal story of surv ...more
Mikaylah Brooke Hansen
Dec 19, 2011 Mikaylah Brooke Hansen rated it it was amazing
*****This book was intelligently enteraining, and captivating with it's stories and plots. I have to suggest this as the most touching story by Lynn Austin yet!*****

The story:

The book begins with Harriet (a young ton-boysish girl, who is over the top with ambition, and who does not want to ever get married after watching her sister and mother)who is in jail. Austin does not let us know why she in jail, but does let us know Harriet's thoughts, like, "Exactly how did I end up in jail?" This sounds
Judy King
Jan 18, 2012 Judy King rated it really liked it
What an excellent story line -- so much better than the synopsis I read -- a grandmother who joined groups to banish slavery and worked in the underground railway, a daughter who married away from her simple farm background to Philadelphia society and then ruffled many feathers by found the battle of the WCTU against demon rum -- her daughter who worked within her society framework to work for suffrage and the vote and the granddaughter who broke into "business" -- the family department store, u ...more
Though Waters Roar is a bit of fresh air after a long run of mediocre historical Christian fiction books. The story had more depth than most and I really enjoyed getting to know one of the main characters.

The plot follows four generations of women and four issues they choose to tackle: the abolition of slavery, the temperance movement, fighting for women's right to vote and prohibition. The narrator of this book is living during the prohibition time period and is in jail for carrying alcohol in
Apr 28, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it it was amazing

I adore Lynn Austin’s books!

If you haven’t discovered what a fantastic author she is by now – definitely make it a priority. Lynn Austin and historical fiction were just meant to be.

Grandma Bebe was a fiery woman who willingly sacrificed her freedom to take a stand for prohibition. The man she loved was caught in the fierce grip of alcohol, and Bebe was determined to set him free, no matter if it meant her own arrest and jail time.

Ironically, years later, Harriet Sherwood finds herself sittin
Jul 15, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
What an encouraging and delightful book to read--perfect book to read as I come to the last couple weeks of radiation. It follows four generations of women and four issues they choose to tackle: the abolition of slavery, the temperance movement, fighting for women's right to vote and prohibition. It has several very quotable quotes:
"Life is always changing, always flowing forward like a stream. Things never stay the same. And we have to move on and change, too." (p. 411)
"Sometimes those events a
Cari Schaeffer
Oct 03, 2016 Cari Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I wish I could give it TEN stars. The depth of wisdom, understanding, and maturity displayed in these pages is awe-inspiring as well as humbling for me. There is a lot of internal work to do in my faith walk and this book gives me an excellent example to follow.

Our natural reactions to difficult situations - that are often encouraged and justified in our current society (like - You don't have to put up with that! You deserve better! If you're not happy, move on) are flipped
Nov 18, 2009 Alexandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Though Waters Roar, and the messages of the strong female characters thoughout the book:
Rely on the Lord for help
We need to obey the Lord's commandments, even when it is considered wrong by society and try to change our government's laws when they don't match the Lord's.
Work with the Lord, not for Him (get your motives straight)
“God uses the turbulent times in our life to prepare us for His purpose, if we’ll let Him.”
"Love isn't always a feeling. Sometimes it's a decision."
"'Smooth se
Nov 29, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth S
Aug 11, 2013 Elizabeth S rated it it was ok
I hate rating a Lynn Austin book so low but sadly this book is not very good. It is highly confusing because it switches points of view mid-chapter and not subtly either. The book will shift time wise as well.
Harriet was a fun character but she was never explored and Tommy was the nicest guy in the book. Their relationship was not developed at all either.
Bebe was likable but she seemed to constantly preach. She seemed to be a rather bad mother as well and at times reminded me of Scarlett in Go
Jan 19, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
This book follows some of Lynn Austin's tried-and-true formulas for her Christian historical fiction novels: multiple points of view, women's issues, character development, spanning of generations (this particular one covered a great-grandmother involved in the Underground Railroad; a grandmother involved in the temperance movement; and a mother involved in women's suffrage). I can't say I loved the narrator in this one (Harriet had yet to go through the trademark Austin character development) a ...more
Apr 22, 2010 Krista rated it liked it
"Thank goodness you're such a plain child. You'll have to rely on your wits."
So went the words of Grandma Bebe. And for all of my growing-up years, I scoffed at the beauty of my sister and what I saw as her meaningless existence. But my wits hadn't served me well in this instance, for here I was, in jail. And while I could have seen it as carrying on the family tradition (for Grandma Bebe landed in jail for her support of Prohibition), the truth is, my reasons for being here would probably break
Jan 22, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I have enjoyed every Lynn Austin book that I have read, so I when I saw this books listed as a book to review from Bethany House Publishers I was very excited. It took me a while to get into this book, but the more I read, the more I became interested.

This book tends to jump around a lot. It goes through the perspective of many different characters, thus changing the time period. This allows you to see how the circumstances in oth
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
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Michele Minor
Feb 14, 2011 Michele Minor rated it really liked it
This book begins with the narrator Harriet in jail for transporting illegal liquor during Prohibition during her time in prison she has time to think back on the women who had come before her and their bravery. Starting with her great grandmother Hannah who hid runaway slaves in times of slavery she thinks about the causes of each of the women and thinks about her place in the world. Her grandmother, Bebe campaigned for Prohibition while her mother later on in life begins to campaign for women’s ...more
Kelly Hager
May 09, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, which tells the stories of four generations of women working to make the world a better place. Hannah fought for abolition, her daughter Beatrice (Bebe) worked to get Prohibition passed, Bebe's daughter, Lucy, was a suffragette and Harriet...well, Harriet has a smaller way to make things better. And while the book is mostly about Bebe, we learn a lot about Hannah, Lucy and Harriet, too. And Harriet's path is mostly what keeps the book moving. It opens with her (Harrie ...more
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