Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dutch Review

"Waves of Mercy" is a novel by Lynn Austin.  In "Waves of Mercy", Gessje is a teen living in Holland with her family in the 1840's.  In the Netherlands during this time, anyone outside of the government religion is prosecuted.  Gessje's family is one of those families.  The family decides to move to America and settle in the Michigan Lake area creating a new Holland.  They bring their protégé, Maarten with them; followed by Henrick, a soldier that Gessje has fallen in love with.  The story goes back and forth between the 1840's Gessje and the 1890's Gessje and Anna, an adopted daughter of two wealthy Chicagoans. 
The story though predictable is written in such a way that it is shocking when events happen.  I liked how the novel went back and forth in time to share the story.  Austin writes in several different mannerisms in her novels.  I like some ways better than others.  This book is one of my favorites of hers.  Her characters are well developed and she doesn't seem to loose track of her time sequence.  She tells of her faith without being preachy about it.  She teaches love of God in a loving manner.  I received this book for free from Baker Publishing. 

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