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Waves of Mercy Audiobook

Waves of Mercy

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Michael
    Easley, SC, United States
    07/12/16
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M. Holmes
    Georgia
    14/01/17
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    "Lynn Austin is amazing! Narration stinks"
    If you could sum up Waves of Mercy in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Heartbreaking, Triumphant


    What other book might you compare Waves of Mercy to and why?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J Staugaard
    13/12/16
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    "Lynn Austin historical novel is fascinating.
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    Loved it!!! It was so exciting could not put it down. As always she did it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    17/05/17
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    "Not as boring as the narrator"

    The first time I tried to listen to this, I was too bored to continue. When I started again, I realized that the story wasn't boring -- it was the narration. Anna's narrator is very good. The other narrator made me grind my teeth. The story is probably a 7 out of 10. A little predictable, but Anna is a sympathetic character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cindy
    13/05/17
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    "Not my favorite"

    Good readers can make an average story good. But these readers created characters who spoke in slow enunciated jerks, almost like simple 5 years olds and became irritatingly stupid. This was also not up to Lynn Austins standards as the story of two women randomly jumped from 50 year old flashbacks to lovesick recent diary entries. It just became confusing and well, not very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WeRLoved
    21/03/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/10/16
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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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy Smith
    23/09/17
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    "amazing book! I highly recommend it!!"

    never a dull moment and encouraged me in my faith walk. you won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/09/17
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    "Lynn Austin's historical novels are wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Waves of Mercy the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story line of this book. It gave me a better understanding of what my family members went through who came to the U.S. in the early 1900's.


    What didn’t you like about Rachel Dulude and Margaret Strom ’s performance?

    The narration was VERY disappointing! It was so bad at times that I was close to not finishing the book. The younger character narrator was wonderful, the the other narrator did not do the book justice. Her presentation was very difficult to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lani - allthiscrazygrace
    05/09/17
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    "loved it!!"

    probably the best Lynn Austin yet, so much teaching on faith and trust woven into a story that pulls you relentlessly along!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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