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
"Lynn Austin historical novel is fascinating.
Loved it!!! It was so exciting could not put it down. As always she did it again.
"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!
This was one of Lynn Austin's best stories. It was totally captivating in the dual story and filled with much wisdom and historical data of Holland Michigan and the Dutch immigrants as well as the upper class Chicago elites of the late 19th century. Her characters are strong and believable. I hope there is a sequel.
This is my first review. I love Lynn Austin's previous books. I believe the poor narration contributed to my general tolerance of this story. The story line might have been brought to life with decent narration. I had to speed it up in order to listen. Very disappointing. I was required to give a star for narration in order to submit the review.
"Waves of Mercy"
I really enjoyed the story line and how it developed.
The main reader was very good, but the person doing the voice for the men was slow and made them sound like they were stupid. I increased the reading speed and that helped quite a bit.
"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.
"It just ended, no closure. No sequel?"
Enjoyed the story, but the ending just left me hanging. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THES PEOPLE!!! The "overall" got bumped down to one star. Who wants to spend all these hours reading a good story and never find out what happens to all these characters. The ending was just WRONG!
"Amazing story, uneven narrator "
The story is amazing! The reader was slow to listen to at first, and she seemed scattered. But after a few chapter's I forgot all about it and got into the plot.
"Better read than listened to"
I'm glad I didn't return this book within the first hour. The narrator so irritated me I came so close. ... I've loved every book of Ms Austen's so I continued on. That attitude doesn't help one become lost in the story... I loved the story. I may have to buy the book rather than listen again...
"Inspirational story of faith alongside suffering"
Loved it. The characters were so real and their humanity and faith shone through.
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