In 1897, Geesje de Jonge is asked to write a memoir about her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to the Michigan wilderness in honor of her town's 50th anniversary. As Geesje recalls the events of the past, a young visitor, Anna Nicholson, mourns a broken engagement. Over the course of one summer, the lives of both women will change forever.
Lynn Austin returns with a multi-generational historical novel.
Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age 17 with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.
At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, 23-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.
Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.
©2016 Lynn Austin (P)2016 Recorded Books
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"felt like I knew them."
the characters in this book, brought me into their world, I laughed with them and cried. I had a hard time stopping the recording. the book was great and something I will listen to more then once
It was a good story, but a bit predictable. Anna's narrator was terrific, but Cashia's had a choppy cadence that was distracting. Overall, I'd recommend this book to others.
"Not one of my favorites by Lynn Austin."
I have read and loved almost all of Lynn Austin's Books. This one was a little dismal. Not very exciting. Struggled to get through it. I see what she was saying and the message was good but didn't like the story very much.
"Great story, awful narration"
The narrator for the main character was awful. She made people sound retarded or slow. It was such a shame because the story was amazing. Then, sometimes, since there were two narrators, the character Ana got both narrators depending on whose view it was which was so noticeable it was distracting. Disappointing
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