WAVES OF MERCY
Haunted by the unknowns of their pasts, two women search for answers along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Filled with questions about her newfound faith and troubled by a recurring nightmare, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry.
Prompted by a request from her son, Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. As she writes them down for the Semi-Contennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own as she honestly and painfully recalls her regrets, doubts, hardships and joys. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna, and wishes to bring the two together.
Past and present collide as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations that await them.
A fascinating novel steeped in history. Austin has created a rich, cultural backdrop to showcase two captivating storylines with two intriguing heroines.
Anna is at a crossroads when she arrives in Holland, Michigan. She's searching for answers to questions she doesn't even know how to ask as she looks ahead to an uncertain future. Geesje reflects upon her past -- fifty years of faith and love and a lifetime of struggles -- after she is asked to write her memoir. Two seemingly diverse life stories converge in the most amazing way. And the bridge that links them together is seminary student, Derk who sees God's hand in it all.
I think what struck me the most about Waves of Mercy is the startling contrast between the heartbreak and joys of a seasoned believer and the wonder and confusion of new faith. However, I have to admit to being really disappointed with the ending. There's just too much left hanging and no indication that there will be answers in future novels since this doesn't look like it's part of a series. So that's really frustrating. :-(
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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