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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"Lynn Austin historical novel is fascinating.
Loved it!!! It was so exciting could not put it down. As always she did it again.
"Rich In History"
While I found the story quite interesting, I thought the narrators were not good. I almost didn't finish it because of that. I like the vast historical details and the characters. The ending portrayed wisdom, but was not stirring, and therefore left me a bit disappointed. Worth the listen, but not my favorite of Lynn's.
"Lynn Austin is amazing! Narration stinks"
Captivating, Heartbreaking, Triumphant
I'm not sure I can compare it to another story. The 'rags to riches' for an abandoned orphan has been done, but not in this fashion. The 'tragedy to triumph' has also been done before, but this book pulled me in like very few have.
This is where it gets disappointing. Lynn Austin's previous narrators have set the bar quite high and I'm sad to say that these ladies did not meet expectations. The female voices were just okay, but the male voices were plodding and uninspired. They made me want to quit the book on more than one occasion. It was PAINFUL to listen to the men speak. I would definitely hesitate if I saw any one of these ladies on another recording.
I've listened to nearly every one of Lynn Austin's books and I was not disappointed by this book. Well, at least not by the writing. The narration leaves much to be desired. Also, the book did not have the ending I was expecting. I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
"Disappointing for Lynn Austin, Poor Performance"
Lynn Austin is my favorite author. I love all of her books with this one exception. It was a engaging story but very tragic. So many trials and unfortunate circumstances. However, I could have gotten past the depressing nature of the book if it was not for the narration. There were two narrators and one was terrible. I have never thought that narration alone could ruin a book for me, but I was wrong. Surely, someone else may find the narration unremarkable, and the underlying story and message were good.
"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
"Loved this book!!"
I enjoyed every word of this book. It contains so much wisdom from God. Please listen to it!!
"Great read from Austin"
I loved this book as I have all of her books. I did not know much about the Dutch coming to American. We need a sequel to answer a few questions.
"Had me from chapter 1"
I listen to lots of books. I had this book in my purchases but it didn't seem interesting . One day while cleaning I said "I'll give it a listen " planning to quit and find something better. I was hooked from first chapter. I'm glad I was alone cause I found myself tearing up.
This book has richly developed characters ,you feel like you know them.i can't tell more but this book ended with no clear answer and it's one that you would have a hard time deciding how it should end..
I listen to about 3 books a week and I would rate this among my top Five books. Bible being #1.
You will not be disappointed. Narrators were awesome.
IT might have been easier to get through with better narration. I won't be keeping this one.
"Compelling Generations Story"
A fascinating story within a story. I wasn't a fan of one narrator, but loved the story enough that I put up with it! I loved that the story largely took place on the shores of Lake Michigan in the 1800s. it was so intriguing hearing a fictional relettling of the first settlers of Holland, MI, and the sacrifices they made to get there.
As all Lynn Austin books are. Gripping story. Couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for her next book.
"Inspirational story of faith alongside suffering"
Loved it. The characters were so real and their humanity and faith shone through.
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