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Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,325 ratings  ·  239 reviews
When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threa ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Revell Books
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Very late to review, but this was one of my favourite summer books!

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Welcome to Lake Manawa!

Marguerite Westing and her family are vacationing in Lake Manawa, and feisty, vivacious Marguerite sees this as an opportunity to escape her boring suitor and have some fun. After all, who'd want a man as boring as a doorknob, who always orders vanilla ice cream and doesn't even like swimming? Bleh. Marguerite is bored to tears and looking for some
I could go all year, and never read a book this good. The story center on Marguerite Westing and her family, as they spend the summer at beautiful Lake Manawa.
I LOVED this book, and the characters were charming and intriguing while still being real and rich. Mrs. Seilstad made quit a splash with this first novel. Her writing style made this book co me to life with all the details about sailing and Lake Manawa. I felt as if I could feel the warm breeze running through my hair as I sat along with
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
The Good

Marguerite! I know, I know… She’s clumsy, not terribly bright, and prays for silly things (OK, that’s not a negative), BUT she loves astronomy. In other words, what’s not to like? :-)

Happy ending!! This made up for a lot over the course of the story! (Am I not pathetic? So many problems and a happy ending makes me forget most of them!) :-)

Proper camping! That is, running water, decent tents, white linen, china and servants. THAT is the proper way to go about camping!!!! :-D

Nothing gory,
I only picked up Making Waves because it was a Kindle freebie (still is) and I was in Washington DC for a week and the metro commute was too long to just sit.

The words that come to mind when I think about this book are disorganized and incoherent. I don't think the author had a clearly defined plot to follow because everything is jumbled up and thrown in. There are no guidelines. It's almost as if she remembers incidents and people that she wanted to talk about earlier, but instead of going
What an absolutely wonderful book!

With vivacious characters and a story line that draws the reader into the middle of the story world and a love that swept me away, there was not a thing that I did not totally fall in love with.

Lighthearted, with a gripping story message, I laughed and frolicked with the characters, watching them grow and expand their horizons.

Marguerite is a precocious young woman thirsty for adventure and she finds it by the bucket load, along with a fair amount of trouble! S
Marguerite Westing is looking forward to a summer at Lake Manawa, Iowa where all the fashionable people are gathering this summer in 1895. Her mother dreads the prospect of camping in tents but Marguerite welcomes the change for it means keeping her personal maid and friend Lilly and getting away from her persistent, boring suitor Roger Gordon. When Marguerite sets eyes on the lake, she falls in love with the water immediately. She also falls in the water and is rescued by sailor and boat maker ...more
Making Waves is a transporting read. I felt like I was AT the lake with Marguerite. (Now I want a vacation.) ;) There is a sweet, yet exciting theme in this book with the characters and setting. Marguerite definitely makes waves wherever she goes, and I like that about her. Her stubbornness sometimes gets her into trouble, but by the end of the book she is managing that pretty well. The hint of danger to the book also intrigued me and I thought the end especially was fast-paced while not being s ...more
Linda Bourg
Oh boy this book was a good read. I really enjoyed the characters Marguriete was such a spunky, funny, good natured gal. I love the story line and how it ended. Will definatley read the next ones in this series.
Karen Witemeyer
This was a fun read with a charming, unique setting. Flawed yet feisty Marguerite was a heroine to cheer for, and Trip, the handsome sailing instructor was dreamy in the extreme. Great job, Lorna!
Rachel Brand
I absolutely adored Lorna Seilstad's When Love Calls, which I read last summer, but the next two books of hers that I've read haven't quite lived up to the first. I realise that this is her debut and that her writing will have improved with time, but it took me a while to really get into this book and care about the characters. As much as I enjoyed the historical details about camping at Lake Manawa and sailing, it took a while for the main conflict to emerge.

The book started out feeling rather
What a sweet debut novel! There's nothing like a good, clean, summer read and if you're like me, a girl who hates to see summer's end, you're always looking for books to keep the fun going! A lakeside campsite on Lake Manawa definitely has that summer vibe! I've read mountains of historical romances and I must say what makes this one so good is the setting. Most of the books that I've read set in the 1890s are set in the West or in the city but this one was set on a lake resort in Iowa. How cool ...more
Sarah Sundin
Mrs. Seilstad truly makes waves in her debut novel. She writes delicious humor and swoony romance - but still makes you think about honesty and obligations. Her research shines without blinding you. This is the first in the Lake Manawa Summers series, and I can't wait for the next two books.
So glad I read this during the summer! Such a fun seasonal read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series this summer.
Shari Larsen
Marguerite Westing is thrilled when she discovers that her family will spend the summer of 1895 at Lake Manawa; it's the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor Roger Gordon. While she is there, she develops an interest in sailing, something considered very unladylike at the time, and an interest in a sailing instructor, Trip Andrews. Her summer of fun soon turns to turmoil when she discovers that her father has a gambling problem, and she may be forced to marry Roger to save her fat ...more
Sep 14, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell
I absolutely LOVE getting to read debut novels by new authors. Lorna Seilstad had got what it takes to create a novel to fully capture the reader instantly, and make them feel right at home with the wonderful characters. Ms. Seilstad has the skills to pen novels that are sure to be best selling!

Making Waves is the first book in this amazing, brand-new series, Lake Manawa Summers, and oh what a start it is! It's 1895 in Iowa and Marguerite just wants to live life adventurously for herself and no
I am delighted to add new author, Lorna Sielstad, to my favorites list!! What an unexpected treasure “Making Waves” turned out to be! Lorna combines romance and humor with just the right amount of depth and suspense to make this a fun-loving, never-get-bored, page-turner!

Marguerite Westing is a headstrong, fearless, risk-taking beauty who turned out to be one of the most hilarious heroines I have ever had the pleasure of reading! She is always somewhere polite society says she shouldn’t be, doin
Jocelyn Green
By now, I’ve read quite a few Christian romance novels. Change the setting, the decade, the characters, but the plot line still seems pretty similar. So I admit that when I started this book, I was wondering if there would be anything different in this story that I haven’t already read elsewhere (even the choice between a rich boring man or an exciting but poor man is nothing new).

I’m pleased to tell you that yes, there were some things in this book I didn’t expect. I won’t tell you what, that w
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Lorna Seilstad is a welcome addition to the world of Christian historical fiction. Making Waves has set the groundwork for a promising career in inspirational fiction. Her character development, spirited dialogue and dramatic elements are well cultivated and show promise for her future novels.

Marguerite is a burgeoning feminist being pressured to fit the archetype of a proper lady even though her very nature rebels against it. Her loy
This is a really cute book, a perfect read for summer. I found Marguerite's character to be infectiously charming. She certainly has a zest of life that often gets her into trouble at times, but that is also one of her most admirable qualities.

I found the first bit of the book to be a little slow; once the conflict came into the story, it picked up speed. The story is lighthearted for the most part, with a lot of humorous moments, but also delves into what it means to be truthful and the cost of
This book drew me in on the very first page when daring, adventurous socialite Marguerite Westing is being courted by the wealthy Roger Gordon (who her mother desperately wants her to marry). While on a date with him, she is afraid of dying of boredom and pens this epitaph in her head:

Here lies Marguerite Westing.
Only nineteen, but now she's resting.
Strolling through the park with Roger Gordon,
Once full of life, she died of boredom.

She is saved from complete boredom when her dad announces they
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A simply charming story. I loved Marguerite, Trip and Mark. Roger was a complete and total cad. Marguerite's mother wasn't much better. Marguerite is a spunky, independent young woman with a mind of her own, and a devotion to her family. She wants to learn to sail, even though it's not an appropriate activity for young women. She wants to marry for love, even as she is pushed into the arms of a most unsuitable, boring and arrogant young man.

With a delightful lake setting and endearing characters
Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad is a delightful historical romance in a unique setting. I enjoyed the sailing theme and the sexy sailing instructor, Trip, in particular. I found the details about the lake were just enough to make me feel the spray of water hitting my face and the heat of the sun warming my back. This author has a way with words that really pulled into the setting.

The theme about truthfulness in the story was well done. I appreciated the way the author showed all levels of dishone
Sep 20, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: CBD
As for a debut novel into the Christian Historical Romance genre Lorn definitely made splash and some waves of her own. Of course I could be biased with such a character with the name of Marguerite and a Mr. Andrews, as my name is Margaret and my maiden name Andrews. Yet perhaps again it was the picturesque setting where the waves lapping at the shoreside and the wind flapping in the sails could be heard as clear as day off the pages of the book. Or maybe it was the strawberries from the frothy ...more
Erica Marie
What a wonderful novel! The characters were so loveable. Especially Marguerite and Trip of course. ;) There was a portion of this book that put my stomach into knots. The Marguerite-Roger-Trip tension was strongly felt, especially when Marguerite truly believes that the only way to save her family is by marrying Roger, a man she does not love and leaving Trip, the man she does love, behind. It was a beautiful story and I loved the author’s lesson of ‘the truth will set you free’. Marguerite lear ...more
I honestly really liked this one. It was a historical romance, which I love, plus a strong, independent female lead character (I have a really hard time dealing with sappy damsels in distress...but I am sure that's just me). I really liked the story, as it was well written and the character development was fantastic.

It had Christian undertones, but that did not detract from the story. Some stories seem to just be overtaken by this, but I felt this one was just enough to get the point across wit
I loved this book. Great characters: Marguarite, the rich, young lady fascinated with sailing and astromony, and Trip, the determined sailor with dimpled smile and a love for the Lord. I got this book free for kindle and it was such fun to read. Lorna Seilstad put a great historical fiction book together. She put a lot of work into the setting, Lake Manawa, working to keep it very accurate to the place and time and I enjoyed that too. And you have to love that beautiful cover too!
"Making Waves" by Lorna Seilstad is an amazing book about love and has a wonderful message in it. It had Christianity, romance, mystery, and summer fun.

The Characters: Marguerite is a very interesting main character in my opinion. She wasn't perfect and I liked that she was different from the other girls in this story. She was interested in things that were inappropriate for women to do in 1895. Two of these things included stargazing and sailing. I liked Trip as Marguerite's love interest. He w
The book was ok, but the characters were not so great. For me the story was slow in the beginning. It isn't till about the end of the book it starts taking off. The heroine, Marguerite is a bit reckless and comes across as a woman with no brains. She doesn't have a problem lying or flirting with other men after she gets engaged. The plot was too predictable and the characters were shallow. The book did not hold my attention therefore, I did not finish the book.
In the first of the Lake Manawa Summers trilogy, Lorna Seilstad introduces us to the delights of Lake Manawa - a large Iowan lake near Council Bluffs where sailboats skimmed across the waves, young and old enjoyed the delights of the water slide and lake, where the wealthy would camp all summer on the shore, and where other, darker snares lay hidden for the susceptible. Marguerite's family chooses to spend the summer there in large tents with all the comforts of home, and there Marguerite discov ...more
Making Waves Goodreads Summary
When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's
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So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes, the way we speak, but the common threads that unite us remain th
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