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Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin
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Oct 23, 2016

it was amazing

No wonder Lynn Austin wins so many awards. "Waves of Mercy" is sure to garner another accolade.
Background: The story of Geesje de Jonge spans fifty years and locales from the Netherlands to Holland, Michigan. A faith theme is foundational. Her family faces religious harassment and relocation to the wilderness of America. The writer's authenticity and research shine on every page.
Story-telling: Austin achieves something most writers never do—writing seamless parallel stories. Dreams haunt socialite Anna Nicholson and her heart yearns for meaning. Geesje's memoir begins as a celebration of Holland's anniversary but instead opens the vault of her faith struggle. Austin skillfully moves from Anna's to Geesje's story like well-paced breathing. No jagged edges or mind-benders. Equally difficult but successful is her handling of backstory.
Romance: Lynn Austin includes light romance with enduring marriage. Passion and faithfulness, commitment and choices, hardship and triumph, the ordinary and adventure. She delivers them all but doesn't tie everything up in a neat package. The ending is satisfying though not entirely predictable.
Character Development: I have to say the character development unfolds like the story—well-paced. This will be one of my favorite Austin novels because I didn't feel pushed but certainly could not put it down. She sprinkled plot clues sparingly, enticing me to read on. What expertise!
The author created situations to show a character's personality and reactions. For instance, I fell in love with Derk. Austin evoked empathy as Derk weighed his call against finding the right mate. (I wanted to take the guy home even though he wouldn't prefer southern cuisine. )
Takeaway: Loved this Austin book. Bethany House appeals to the eye with their cover images. Dan Thornberg and the Bethany team knocked it out of the park with this one. Although someone would buy this one for the cover alone, the reader also gets an unforgettable story.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for an honest review, which I have given.

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October 23, 2016 – Shelved

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