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Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin
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it was amazing
bookshelves: christian-fiction
Read in April, 2006

This was the first Lynn Austin novel I'd read and I wasn't disappointed. Although the author is a Christian, she doesn't "preach at" the reader but instead, tells the story from a Christian perspective, as someone believing in God.

The story takes you from the 1800's to the 1980's. Four generations of women struggle with a 'secret'. Beginning with Louise and Friedrich's story and how Louise was obligated into an arranged marriage and leaves her homeland in Germany to flee to American so her husband could avoid the draft. Louise gives up her family to stay with her husband. The story of their life together is truly fascinating!

One of Louise's children, Emma, grew up keeping a "secret" that she keeps to herself until the 1980's when her grand-daughter Suzanne is curious and needs to find the truth. Emma's own daughter Grace, sees how her mother was treated and gives up her career to take care of her husband Steven, their daughter Suzanne and their home.

Only when Suzanne's marriage is in trouble does Emma finally reveal the secret to her daughter Grace and grand-daughter Suzanne in hopes of helping to salvage her grand-daughter's marriage.

Emma had struggled with her secret (a sin) in those times and could not forgive herself, believed her daughter Grace would not forgive her and in turn believed God would not forgive her either.

Suzanne had an insatiable desire to learn the truth about her family and said "...nothing quite makes sense until you include God."

The novel is very realistic and the situations in the story could really have happened many times over, during that era. As the characters in this story are brought to life with Lynn Austin's uncanny ability to make them real, we are treated to an intimate inside look at each generation.
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