Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)
Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can't seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she's learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden.At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God's purpose for her life isn't as simple as she had hoped.When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje's been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) Details

TitleLegacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764231728
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Inspirational, Christian

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) Review

  • Maddy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much. I haven’t read many historical books in first person, but this one fit it perfectly. The book shares the stories of two characters : Anna and her grandma, Geesje. So much happened for both of them, and I loved seeing how it all fell into place. Anna’s story was probably my favorite, though I also really enjoyed Geesje’s. Cornelia was such a sweet and gentle character, and I loved hearing about her story as well. You can’t help but just love these characters. For a good I loved this book so much. I haven’t read many historical books in first person, but this one fit it perfectly. The book shares the stories of two characters : Anna and her grandma, Geesje. So much happened for both of them, and I loved seeing how it all fell into place. Anna’s story was probably my favorite, though I also really enjoyed Geesje’s. Cornelia was such a sweet and gentle character, and I loved hearing about her story as well. You can’t help but just love these characters. For a good portion of the book, Anna is looking for her birth dad. I loved getting to read about her search and having it leading up to finding her mother’s diary with Derk. There was always something happening, and I never quite knew how it was all going to turn out. The ending was just perfect, and tied everything together wonderfully. I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it. Engagements are broken and truths of the past are revealed. I enjoyed every minute of this book.
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  • Sarah Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Lynn Austin novel I have read, and I have to say, I was greatly impressed! Despite this being book two in a series, I was able to jump right into the story without any confusion and still be just as attached to the characters, despite not knowing their complete story. I quickly fell in love with the beautiful and realistic characters in this story. While I loved Anna, I had a hard time relating to her based on the decisions she made, so I have to say I loved Geesje's storyline This is the first Lynn Austin novel I have read, and I have to say, I was greatly impressed! Despite this being book two in a series, I was able to jump right into the story without any confusion and still be just as attached to the characters, despite not knowing their complete story. I quickly fell in love with the beautiful and realistic characters in this story. While I loved Anna, I had a hard time relating to her based on the decisions she made, so I have to say I loved Geesje's storyline better. She's just such a beautiful character, and I can't wait to go back and read book one to learn more about her. I also loved Cornelia's character, and the storyline between her and her grandfather was incredibly touching and inspiring!The story was very interesting, and while I expected to be bored, I wasn't at all. There was not one time I wasn't invested in the story and anxious to see what would happen next. I particularly loved all the historical detail Austin includes in her story. For example, a little-known fact is that on the day of the Great Chicago Fire, massive fires broke out all over the state of Michigan and caused an incredible amount of damage to large portions of the state and destroyed much of Michigan's timber, known as "green gold" for its great value. I appreciated how Austin included this information along with the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Also, I found it very interesting to be reading about Holland, MI, as I have frequently been there, so to learn some of the history of it was fascinating for me. All in all, I greatly enjoyed this beautiful novel by Lynn Austin, and look forward to reading the first book, and more from this talented historical author! Highly recommended!CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 16+ for mild romance and mentions of illegitimate births and domestic abuse. FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Somehow I missed the fact that Legacy of Mercy was the sequel to Waves of Mercy, so I got to discover the connection as I began reading. Imagine my delight to be reunited with Anneke, Derk, and Geesje! I have always wished for more to this story, and now I was given a conclusion that made my heart happy. However, if you haven’t yet read Waves of Mercy, the author does a nice job of summing it up in the first few pages of this next book.Anneke (Anna) is caught in an impossible situation 4.5 stars Somehow I missed the fact that Legacy of Mercy was the sequel to Waves of Mercy, so I got to discover the connection as I began reading. Imagine my delight to be reunited with Anneke, Derk, and Geesje! I have always wished for more to this story, and now I was given a conclusion that made my heart happy. However, if you haven’t yet read Waves of Mercy, the author does a nice job of summing it up in the first few pages of this next book.Anneke (Anna) is caught in an impossible situation in several areas of her life. While learning more about her birth mother opened her heart in new ways – including a relationship with Jesus – it also exposed her to more vulnerability as she struggles to join her two worlds. Her birth mother’s life is shunned by Anna’s society circles, and living out her fledgling faith isn’t easy among people who care more about appearances than loving the least of these. While my heart ached for Anna and the hard life lessons she’s forced to learn in Legacy of Mercy, I also loved the journey that Austin took her on in the process. Additionally, Anna’s continued search for information about her birth father – which takes her down a path of potential scandals and long buried secrets – had me riveted to the page as new leads surfaced only to take unexpected turns.Back in Michigan, we get to spend lots of time with Geesje (though it’s never enough because I love her so much) and her steady wisdom and big heart. As God brings two wounded souls into her life, we get to see her ‘tough love’ side as never before and oh what we could all learn from her. When to correct and when just to love. As my friend Katie said, “oh, that we could all have a Geesje in our lives!”Bottom Line: Austin’s writing is always impeccable, and Legacy of Mercy is no exception. There’s so much more I wanted to talk about in this review but didn’t, for sake of avoiding spoilers. However, if you have read this book too and want to chat with me about it, I still have a lot to gush over haha! More than the great characters, spot-on characterization, and vivid setting & time, though, is the gentle message of mercy that manifests as both a legacy and a fresh start. More than once, it had me in tears, so touched was I by the events unfolding on the page and the embrace of mercy on their lives. If you’re a fan of stories that linger with you, make sure you add this book to your TBR list!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Legacy of Mercy is the second and final book in the Waves of Mercy series. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first novel, Waves of Mercy, it was well done and I loved the characters.The mystery about Anna's birth parents was fun to unravel. There was one spoiler line about the birth father, but not a huge impact because it was pretty clear who it would be at that point.I so loved Oma, Anna's birth grandmother. New to Legacy of Mercy was Cornelia and her grandfather. They just arrived Legacy of Mercy is the second and final book in the Waves of Mercy series. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first novel, Waves of Mercy, it was well done and I loved the characters.The mystery about Anna's birth parents was fun to unravel. There was one spoiler line about the birth father, but not a huge impact because it was pretty clear who it would be at that point.I so loved Oma, Anna's birth grandmother. New to Legacy of Mercy was Cornelia and her grandfather. They just arrived from The Netherlands and had several issues to work though.I highly recommend this two book historical series.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t remember the last time I wanted a sequel more, than after reading Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy. I’m so glad so many people requested more to Anna’s story and even more so that Lynn wrote one!I thought the sequel went along well with the original story line and characters’ personalities and actions. I enjoyed what Lynn did with the story and the historical lane she took readers through. I loved getting to connect again with Geesje and Holland, Michigan. Austin also touches on different th I can’t remember the last time I wanted a sequel more, than after reading Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy. I’m so glad so many people requested more to Anna’s story and even more so that Lynn wrote one!I thought the sequel went along well with the original story line and characters’ personalities and actions. I enjoyed what Lynn did with the story and the historical lane she took readers through. I loved getting to connect again with Geesje and Holland, Michigan. Austin also touches on different themes that are just as important today. If you’re a fan of Lynn Austin and historical fiction, don’t miss out on this one!(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    As I was reading this I realized that this was the second book in this series and I had not read the first one, that being said, I was not lost, enough information was given that I was able to enjoy this read.Through the author’s pen we are given an insight into the Word of God and how it applies to everyday life, and we soon see how hard it is for the rich to give up and follow.Yes, this is a different time, but it could apply to today, and as I was reading this story we put faces on those with As I was reading this I realized that this was the second book in this series and I had not read the first one, that being said, I was not lost, enough information was given that I was able to enjoy this read.Through the author’s pen we are given an insight into the Word of God and how it applies to everyday life, and we soon see how hard it is for the rich to give up and follow.Yes, this is a different time, but it could apply to today, and as I was reading this story we put faces on those with much and those who readily share all that they have. Opulence in excess, and then poverty that makes you want to turn you head, but not your heart.I found myself wanting get to the end of this book, for answers, but not wanting to leave, and now wanting to spend more time with these characters,I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors and while Legacy of Mercy wasn't my favorite of her books, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.WHAT I LIKED-Anna/Anneke was a wonderful main character. I loved her gentle, caring spirit and her determination to discover the truth about her past. Geesje (how do you pronounce her name?) was also a great character, though I preferred the chapters from Anna's point of view.-Can I just marry Derk? Love, love, love him. I kept imagining him as Michael Huisman (as he Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors and while Legacy of Mercy wasn't my favorite of her books, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.WHAT I LIKED-Anna/Anneke was a wonderful main character. I loved her gentle, caring spirit and her determination to discover the truth about her past. Geesje (how do you pronounce her name?) was also a great character, though I preferred the chapters from Anna's point of view.-Can I just marry Derk? Love, love, love him. I kept imagining him as Michael Huisman (as he appears in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie) so that was definitely a plus.-I liked Anna's search for the truth about her parents and loved how that whole subplot tied up!-Love the romance. For a bit I was worried that Lynn Austin wouldn't wrap it up the way I wanted but she totally did.WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE-This book didn't grab my heart the way so many other Lynn Austin books have done. But it totally might work for you!-As I kinda mentioned before, Geesje's point of view wasn't my favorite.Overall, fans of Christian historical romance will probably love this book.I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this book down! A wonderful sequel to waves of Mercy! I especially love how the author uses scenarios that are familiar for any human, using stories of broken hearts, unforgiveness, bitterness, gossip, and so many others to teach and remind me of what the Bible teaches. I am from the town where part of the book takes place, and I love the descriptions of how the town was over 100 years ago. Another great book that I will read and reread from Lynn Austin!
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  • Kristina Seleshanko
    January 1, 1970
    Although I love to read, I don't believe I've ever read a novel in two days. But despite my crazy schedule and the fact that doing so meant I had to stay up WAY too late, I read "Legacy of Mercy" in just two sittings. I felt compelled to keep reading because it's just THAT GOOD. This novel moved me repeatedly and is a great reminder of the importance of mercy in our lives. Highly recommended.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    Legacy of Mercy is the sequel to the book Waves of Mercy, which came out about 2 years before this one. If you haven't read the first one, you could still enjoy this one, but you will understand more if you read Waves of Mercy first. I was grateful that the author chose to begin the book with letters between Anna and Geesje (the 2 main characters from Waves of Mercy) as it brought some remembrance to what happened in the first book (and can set the stage for anyone who hadn't read the first book Legacy of Mercy is the sequel to the book Waves of Mercy, which came out about 2 years before this one. If you haven't read the first one, you could still enjoy this one, but you will understand more if you read Waves of Mercy first. I was grateful that the author chose to begin the book with letters between Anna and Geesje (the 2 main characters from Waves of Mercy) as it brought some remembrance to what happened in the first book (and can set the stage for anyone who hadn't read the first book). Because of that, it felt a little "slow" at the start; however, because I know and trust Lynn Austin's work, I continued on and was so glad. It definitely picked up steam before 10% and I was fully engrossed! This story was a beautiful tale of love (not even romantic love, though that was touched on.... but love for parents, love for fellow man), forgiveness and healing. I loved how the pain Geesje encountered in the last book came full circle in this book and allowed her to help a young woman named Cornelia who came to stay with her for a time. We get to see more of Anna's life in Chicago among the elite and see her trying to live out her fledgling faith back home, while she also attempts seek out information about her birth parents without causing a scandal (sometimes unsuccessfully). Throughout the story, you know how you want it to end, but can't see how it could end that way. I will only say that the ending was very satisfactory. :)Lynn Austin is a master craftsman of words and an avid story-teller. I have loved everything of hers that I've read and this one was no different. I laughed and cried at various places and I believe this one MIGHT be better than the prequel (which very seldom happens in my opinion!). If you enjoy good character-driven stories with a hint of mystery and romance, I can't recommend this one enough! Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ecopy of this book. I was not required to write a review and the thoughts and opinions contained within are my own.
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  • Amy Bradsher
    January 1, 1970
    Lynn Austin creates characters you'll fall in love with, and Anna from Waves of Mercy is no exception. In fact, that's how this sequel, Legacy of Mercy, came about - so many readers loved it and begged Austin directly for another book that she created this one! I love that!Anna really is a wonderful character. She's a product of her home and her time, but there's a niggling in her spirit that there's more, and she's just brave enough to investigate that. She's curious and interested in the past, Lynn Austin creates characters you'll fall in love with, and Anna from Waves of Mercy is no exception. In fact, that's how this sequel, Legacy of Mercy, came about - so many readers loved it and begged Austin directly for another book that she created this one! I love that!Anna really is a wonderful character. She's a product of her home and her time, but there's a niggling in her spirit that there's more, and she's just brave enough to investigate that. She's curious and interested in the past, specifically her past, but she's respectful to the people around her who might be hurt by that curiosity. Best of all, she's strong - stronger than first impressions lead you to believe. She makes the hard choice to do what will help those she cares about, even when it's not at all what she wants for herself. I love reading about characters who live out sacrificial love!Austin's dual-time storyline is pretty awesome, too. Anna continues to learn the story of her parents in snippets throughout this book, and Austin keeps you in suspense as you do so - dribbling out just enough information to keep you hooked, but never sharing enough to spoil the story. The subplots aren't cake, either - they're deep and meaty. There are new immigrants in Holland, and Geesje's new friends aren't entirely what they seem. With all three storylines, Austin weaves together the story's events with spiritual lessons - and ever-present wisdom from Geesje. I didn't want to leave this family when I turned the last page and found myself pondering their new situations for several days after. Austin writes with a realism that many authors avoid: her characters do not find bright rainbows at the end of their stories, although they do find resolution and contentment. Instead of the fluff, theirs is a more realistic situation that, while still containing joy, contains the twists and turns that real life does. I admire Austin's ability to write this way.Legacy of Mercy is a must-read - and if you haven't read the first book Waves of Mercy, then hurry and read that one first. This is Austin at her best.I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a Lynn Austin book is always a treat. In Legacy of Mercy Austin seamlessly stitches together two strong story lines, honoring each without detracting from the other. In the late 1800s women of society were not expected to marry for love, but for joining families to the mutual benefit of both. So, Anneke (Anna) Nicholson had resigned herself to the necessity of her marriage to William Wilkinson. The marriage would help her adopted parents both financially and socially. Still her mind, an Reading a Lynn Austin book is always a treat. In Legacy of Mercy Austin seamlessly stitches together two strong story lines, honoring each without detracting from the other. In the late 1800s women of society were not expected to marry for love, but for joining families to the mutual benefit of both. So, Anneke (Anna) Nicholson had resigned herself to the necessity of her marriage to William Wilkinson. The marriage would help her adopted parents both financially and socially. Still her mind, and her heart, could not help but wonder what life as a minster's wife would be like if her and Derk Vander Veen's circumstances were different. While Anna loved her parents and appreciated all that they had provided for her, the simpler, God-focused life of her recently discovered grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, spoke to her. Cornelia Den Herder had known great loss in her seventeen years. She had lost her immediate family to a fire, everyone who loved her. Forced to live with a cold and distant grandfather and his extensive list of rules,Cornelia was bereft. Now she and her grandfather had fled their native Netherlands for an uncertain future in America. While searching for jobs and a place to settle, Cornelia had come to live with Anneke's grandmother, while her grandfather resided next door with Derk Vander Veen and his father. Geesje longed to help the deeply saddened young woman to repair her relationship with her grandfather, but Cornelia held deep secrets and her grandfather resented Geesje's meddling. The need to accept and extend forgiveness and mercy is the theme that runs throughout this story. As always Austin has developed characters whose lives will matter to her readers as they, while set in another time and place, reflect elements of the readers own needs and desires. The need to be truly accepted for oneself is another strong theme in this story, one that resonates in today's society. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of Legacy of Mercy in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Shelly Dabbs
    January 1, 1970
    What a great story. This story had a small group of characters really but they all connected to make such a great tale. The main characters are Geesje and Anna. Geesje lives in Holland MI. Anna is her Granddaughter who lives with her adopted parents in Chicago IL. Anna is trying to find out more about her parents with her wedding getting close. After gossip starts about her background, she is more interested to finding the truth. With the help of her good friend Derk, from Holland, MI, they are What a great story. This story had a small group of characters really but they all connected to make such a great tale. The main characters are Geesje and Anna. Geesje lives in Holland MI. Anna is her Granddaughter who lives with her adopted parents in Chicago IL. Anna is trying to find out more about her parents with her wedding getting close. After gossip starts about her background, she is more interested to finding the truth. With the help of her good friend Derk, from Holland, MI, they are able to track down the last place her Mother lived in Chicago, where they find her Mother's diary & once she is able to read it, she knows who her Father is. Meanwhile, in Holland, MI, her Grandmother Geesje has taken in a newly arrived young girl who has a sad history. Her Grandfather is living next door with Derk & his family. Geesje is trying to understand Cornelia so she can help her. With a series of events, she is able to help both Cornelia & her Grandfather. Anna ends up getting very ill & they send for her Grandmother to be with her, Derk goes with her. After learning the seriousness of her condition, everyone's life is about to change. She is unable to do normal socialite duties & can never bear children due to a weakened heart. Once her Groom's family find out about her condition, they invite her to a meeting to end the engagement. She is not sad as she didn't truly love her Groom to be. Once the engagement is broken, both Derk & her can follow through with the confessions of their love for each other. They will have lots of adjustments to make as she will have to have staff to do household chores which her parents will see is provided for. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next. This story held my attention throughout. The characters were great & lots of background on each of them so you feel you know them.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Waves of Mercy, I was so hopeful that the story would continue! I was delighted to learn that the very talented Lynn Austin was indeed going continue the story of Anna and her grandma, Geesje, Derk and William. As Anna moves forward with her engagement to William (for noble reasons but not for love), she also embarks on a quest to learn more about her birth mother and discover who her birth father is. The story unfolds with a few surprises along the way and will have you running th After reading Waves of Mercy, I was so hopeful that the story would continue! I was delighted to learn that the very talented Lynn Austin was indeed going continue the story of Anna and her grandma, Geesje, Derk and William. As Anna moves forward with her engagement to William (for noble reasons but not for love), she also embarks on a quest to learn more about her birth mother and discover who her birth father is. The story unfolds with a few surprises along the way and will have you running the gamut of emotions from happiness, to sadness, fear to hope, being indignant on Ann’s behalf to compassion. The strong faith of Geesje and the “growing stronger everyday faith” of Anna is a joy to read about. Cornelia and her grandfather are new additions to the cast of familiar characters and their story line is a fascinating one that transcends time, being just as relevant although more openly talked about now. As the storyline of Geesja and Anna concludes in a way that had me smiling, I find myself wondering what will happen next for Cornelia and her grandfather? And, I am cautiously hopeful that this “Mercy” series will continue! I received a NetGalley copy of this book in return for my honest review)
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  • Karls
    January 1, 1970
    When I received this book from Bethany House for review, I hadn't connected the fact that this was a second in a series. However, I quickly realized the characters were familiar, like close friends, and there were new characters I had yet to get to know. This installment picked up where "Waves of Mercy" left off, and carried me back into the late 19th century life of high society life. Lynn Austin showcases the differences in the way class systems lived--and still do, she also shares how differe When I received this book from Bethany House for review, I hadn't connected the fact that this was a second in a series. However, I quickly realized the characters were familiar, like close friends, and there were new characters I had yet to get to know. This installment picked up where "Waves of Mercy" left off, and carried me back into the late 19th century life of high society life. Lynn Austin showcases the differences in the way class systems lived--and still do, she also shares how differently faith plays in poeple's life decisions. This book gives us a glimpse into Anna (Anneke) Nicholson craves to know her biological roots and the obstacles she must overcome to learn the truth, including bravery as she chooses whether the truth will indeed set her free or if it will cause more pain for those she loves. I love her fortitude and her determination to remain loyal to everyone she holds dear to her heart.Mrs. Austin has not only given me a beautiful work of fiction depicting history in Chicago, IL and Holland, MI, she has masterfully woven into the story Scriptural truths as lessons we can all grow from. I highly recommend this book to anyone who asks. *I am grateful to Bethany House for offering a copy of this manuscript for review at no charge for my unbiased thoughts of the book.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin is the second book in her Waves of Mercy series. Wow, I don’t even know where to start. This book was awesome! I usually don’t care for books written in the first person but I decided to give this one a chance. I’m really glad I did, it was amazing. Anna Nicholson returns to Chicago from Michigan. She is engaged to be married to a very wealthy young man. But she can’t seem to get excited about her socialite lifestyle. Anna hires the Pinkerton’s to try to find her b Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin is the second book in her Waves of Mercy series. Wow, I don’t even know where to start. This book was awesome! I usually don’t care for books written in the first person but I decided to give this one a chance. I’m really glad I did, it was amazing. Anna Nicholson returns to Chicago from Michigan. She is engaged to be married to a very wealthy young man. But she can’t seem to get excited about her socialite lifestyle. Anna hires the Pinkerton’s to try to find her birth father. What she learns may be the thing that brings about ruin for those she loves. The messages through-out the story are so powerful. Forgiveness, loving your enemies, helping those less fortunate, sharing your faith, all this is woven together so well with a sweet love story. Reading about Anna and her courage to share her faith with the society crowd was a very powerful check to me. I started examining my life. Do I have that kind of courage? Would I be able to stand up for My Lord in the face of ridicule and the possibility of losing friends? A great story without being “preachy”. I would highly recommend it!I received this e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    These two books are amazing.....just a great read!!!
  • Betti
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this continuation of Geesje and Anna's story. With some answers for her past, Anna returns to the luncheons, teas, literary groups and formal dinners that comprise her life in Chicago. As her faith grows, she begins to realize the shallowness of such a life. There are also many more details about her past that she would like to discover. Life has changed in Holland, Michigan as well. New arrivals from the old country bring new challenges to love people where they are, with Geesje praying I loved this continuation of Geesje and Anna's story. With some answers for her past, Anna returns to the luncheons, teas, literary groups and formal dinners that comprise her life in Chicago. As her faith grows, she begins to realize the shallowness of such a life. There are also many more details about her past that she would like to discover. Life has changed in Holland, Michigan as well. New arrivals from the old country bring new challenges to love people where they are, with Geesje praying she can help as the Lord would. Can answers be found for Anna, will love win over necessity and can the past be forgiven? I received an advance copy of this book from Bethany House and all comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Candice Valdez
    January 1, 1970
    This book does not disappoint! The writing is superb and the plot is engaging and keeps you entertained the entire time. I loved picking up where book 1 left off(Waves of Mercy) and catching up with everyone. This book continues the struggles of Anna finding out who she is and how to live life with her new found faith. I could relate to her struggle to do the right thing, but not exactly sure how to get there! I have been struggling with prayer in my own life and I loved this statement from the This book does not disappoint! The writing is superb and the plot is engaging and keeps you entertained the entire time. I loved picking up where book 1 left off(Waves of Mercy) and catching up with everyone. This book continues the struggles of Anna finding out who she is and how to live life with her new found faith. I could relate to her struggle to do the right thing, but not exactly sure how to get there! I have been struggling with prayer in my own life and I loved this statement from the book:"Prayer doesn't come with guarantees. We can't change God's mind by pleading with him. But praying will bring us closer to Him, so He can comfort us and let us know He loves us no matter what happens." I really enjoyed this book. If you get a chance, read it. I do recommend reading the first book first. The background of the characters will help a lot.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Leona Herxegh
    January 1, 1970
    Lynn Austin is my favorite author, and she did not disappoint with this sequel to her book Waves of Mercy, which was about the early Dutch settlers,who settled Holland, Michigan and their trials and triumphs. Anna is willing to marry William in order to save her adoptive parents from bankruptcy and humiliation in high society Chicago in the late 1800s. Anna’s search to find information about her birth mother and who her biological father was led to scandals in her social circle. Meanwhile in Hol Lynn Austin is my favorite author, and she did not disappoint with this sequel to her book Waves of Mercy, which was about the early Dutch settlers,who settled Holland, Michigan and their trials and triumphs. Anna is willing to marry William in order to save her adoptive parents from bankruptcy and humiliation in high society Chicago in the late 1800s. Anna’s search to find information about her birth mother and who her biological father was led to scandals in her social circle. Meanwhile in Holland, Michigan, Anna’s grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, who Anna had recently met, was having trials of her own trying to help newly arrived Cornelia and her grandfather get through their anger at God, each other and themselves. Then there’s Derk, a young neighbor of Geesje, who was very much in love with Anna but came to understand why she was to marry William even if she loved Derk. This story is full of the history of the time, learning to have faith in God, learning to forgive, and how love can heal. Lynn’s characters are so genuine that the reader feels like they have become friends. It’s hard to say good-bye at the end of the book. #Legacy of Mercy #NetGalley This book releases on October 2, 2018.
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  • A.M. Heath
    January 1, 1970
    What I Loved: If you’ve read Waves of Mercy, you might have felt like there was more to the story. I’ll be honest with you, I was one of those rare human beings that was actually completely satisfied with the ending as it was. But that doesn’t mean, I wasn’t thrilled to get my hands on the “new ending!” And, boy, was it worth it! This was even better than the first one!What Austin does so well, is that she brings a historical setting to life with well-developed characters and a rich spiritual me What I Loved: If you’ve read Waves of Mercy, you might have felt like there was more to the story. I’ll be honest with you, I was one of those rare human beings that was actually completely satisfied with the ending as it was. But that doesn’t mean, I wasn’t thrilled to get my hands on the “new ending!” And, boy, was it worth it! This was even better than the first one!What Austin does so well, is that she brings a historical setting to life with well-developed characters and a rich spiritual message. Legacy of Mercy was a powerful story on dealing with grief and forgiveness. The story picks up right where Waves of Mercy leaves off and brings over the same lessons we were learning in the first novel and re-emphasizes their importance and adds to them in a beautiful way. I’ve read some continuations that felt like an extended epilogue but this was not that sort of novel at all! It was a fantastic ride that didn’t end until the very last chapter.Rating and Recommendations: I give Legacy of Mercy 5 full stars and recommend it to those who enjoy historical Christian fiction. While it’s possible to read the books out of order and understand them, you’d appreciate Legacy of Mercy more if you read them in order.~ I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Legacy of Mercy (2018) by Lynn Austin is the second novel in her Waves of Mercy series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 400 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me three days to read. I received a copy of this book in paperback form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Legacy of Mercy 5+++++ STARS. Thi Legacy of Mercy (2018) by Lynn Austin is the second novel in her Waves of Mercy series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 400 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me three days to read. I received a copy of this book in paperback form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Legacy of Mercy 5+++++ STARS. This story is a Christian Historical novel.There is so much I love about Legacy of Mercy that I cannot possibly fit it all into one review. This book is just SO deep and exquisite! The plot of this story is excellent — once I started I could barely put the book down. I was so thoroughly engrossed in the story that pages flew by and hours passed and I didn’t even realize it. The characters are well crafted, and they all endeared themselves to my heart in one unique way or another, but my two favorite characters are Judge Blackwell and Dominie Den Herder. Judge Blackwell is sweet and heroic, and his story ripped my heart into pieces. And Dominie Den Herder is tough, stubborn, and all-around awful, but his transformation from lost to found (Biblically speaking) is so excellently done that I cried tears of joy! Oh! And the settings are remarkably written. Each place is so vividly described I felt like I was with Anna and Derk in a Chicago slum, like I was with Anna and her parents at a party in one of Chicago’s elite family’s mansions, and like I was with Oma Geesje in her warm, friendly home in Holland, Michigan enjoying a cup of tea and much-needed advice. This book definitely took me on an adventure!Legacy of Mercy is full of excellent Truth moments. I feel exceptionally encouraged after having read this book! Of the many excellent messages delivered, my most favorite is a lesson from Oma Geesje. There is a moment where Geesje contemplates a new move, but the idea isn’t initially pleasant. She is 67 and quite comfortable where she is at. But then she realizes that “perhaps God doesn’t want [her] to get too comfortable. Maybe change is His favorite tool to make sure [His people] keep growing closer to Him” (389). What a wonderful perspective! I’ve always looked at change as a negative inconvenience. I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never really seen change in a positive light. Oma Geesje’s epiphany has convicted me to change my outlook — instead of seeing it as a burden, I need to see change, both good and bad, as yet another opportunity to be closer to my Heavenly Father. I need to stop being a complainer and whiner when changes in my life occur. I need to be more like Oma Geesje!Anna, the heroine of Legacy of Mercy, is lovely. She is everything a well-written heroine should be, but what I appreciated the most about her character is her faith in God. Anna, as a new follower in Christ, has the kind of faith that moves mountains. She isn’t too sure about all the things she’s reading in her Bible, but she is a fighter for God. I love that she is desperate to be the woman God wants her to be in the place God has put her. My favorite moments in the book come right after Anna has read her Bible. In these moments, she questions what God means in order to understand, and then always tries to put God’s Words into action no matter what. Her upper-class social sphere does not include too many women of faith like her, so when she begins to make changes to her life and sticks to her guns about living for God’s purpose some of her “friends” become catty and rude. Regardless, Anna suffers the stings of her friends’ disdain because she has given her life to God and not to her society. Anna’s strength in her faith and her drive to understand God’s purpose for her forced me to self reflect and question the depth of my faith. Do I stand up to my friends and politely ask them to stop gossiping about others, or do I join in? Do I appreciate all of my blessings, or do I constantly find things to complain about? Do I represent Jesus well even if that means going against the tide? I have to admit that I came up short and had to make an apology to God for my laxity in faith. I adore when a novel forces me to look within, and then make appropriate change in order to better my walk with God.Legacy of Mercy is brilliant! This is a story that will stick with me long after the final page has been read, and will go onto my re-read pile immediately. Legacy of Mercy is highly engaging, the characters are multifaceted, endearing, and unique, and the lessons in this book are invaluable — several have breathed new life into Biblical principals I thought I knew well already. I highly, highly recommend this book! Purchase a copy today. You will NOT be disappointed.
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  • Kelly Goshorn
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to read this author and the story did not disappoint. Since this is book two in the series, I thought it stood alone very well and the author gave you all the necessary information to not feel like you were missing important details. That being said, I’ve already picked up book one, Waves of Mercy, and do plan to read that one as well.I think Austin’s gift is writing wonderful, multi-faceted characters with great depth that draw you right into their story. The heroine, Anna Ni I was very excited to read this author and the story did not disappoint. Since this is book two in the series, I thought it stood alone very well and the author gave you all the necessary information to not feel like you were missing important details. That being said, I’ve already picked up book one, Waves of Mercy, and do plan to read that one as well.I think Austin’s gift is writing wonderful, multi-faceted characters with great depth that draw you right into their story. The heroine, Anna Nicholson, comes from a world of wealth and privilege, but undeniably feels God’s call on her life to serve him. As the story unfolds, Anna’s faith blossoms. She is torn between William, a man she cares about and is expected to marry, and Derk, the man she loves. I especially enjoyed the way Austin drew fine distinctions between the two men and Anna’s choices without demonizing either of them.Tante Geejse, Anna’s biological grandmother is not only the rock of the book, but of her family and community as well. Kind, compassionate and filled with faith, Geejse reminded me of my own precious grandmother Criste. She welcomes Cornelia, a young immigrant girl with a tragic past, into her home. Cornelia has faced unthinkable heartache yet was forced to bury it deep inside instead of dealing with the pain. But slowly Geesje helps her to confront her past, grieve her losses, and find hope in God for her future. Although Geesje occasionally borders on the preachy side, you’re willing to overlook it especially when she’s confronting Cornnelia’s overbearing grandfather.Austin doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics either– attempted suicide, sexual and physical abuse, and teen pregnancy. Though handled in a tasteful manner without any graphic details, this degree of realism may be distressing for some younger readers.As both a reader and writer of historical romance, I have high expectations when it comes to historical accuracy. Austin effortlessly weaves historical details that bring the Gilded Age to life before your eyes—butlers and maid servants, societal expectations and the importance of keeping up appearances. The author paints a beautiful comparison between the heroine’s life of privilege and her grandmother’s modest lifestyle among the Dutch immigrants in the small town of Holland, Michigan. Austin’s vivid descriptions of the stately mansions in Chicago’s Lakeshore district as well as the run down inner city tenements immerse you in the time period, and will leave you lifting your pinky as you sip your tea or feeling the need to wipe the grime and soot from your skin.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I am not required to write positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Aurelia Mast-glick
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in a series, I guess. They called the first book, Waves of Mercy the prequel, so however that works. Anyway, I do recommend reading the book first. You can read this one as a stand alone, I guess, but you won't get as much out of it. I had read the first book awhile ago and would have found it helpful to read again first to fully get the story again.But it's a good story. Anna was raised in a wealthy house, but had just found her real grandmother at the end of the first b This is the second book in a series, I guess. They called the first book, Waves of Mercy the prequel, so however that works. Anyway, I do recommend reading the book first. You can read this one as a stand alone, I guess, but you won't get as much out of it. I had read the first book awhile ago and would have found it helpful to read again first to fully get the story again.But it's a good story. Anna was raised in a wealthy house, but had just found her real grandmother at the end of the first book. She wants to know more about God, to follow Him more faithfully, but her fiance is uninterested. Meanwhile, she has fallen in love with a young man who is studying to be a minister and not the least bit wealthy. And that is all I'm going to say about that so I don't give the story away anymore than I already have.What I really like about this book is Anna's determination to follow God and to love her adopted parents well. She is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for their sake and that says a lot about a young lady in my opinion. I also love that she is willing to go "beneath her station" to spend time with her grandma and to learn from her.This book flips back and forth between Anna and her grandma. Her grandma demonstrates God's love in action by taking in a young girl, by caring for the poor, and by being open to what God has for her. There's a great story in that side of the book as well.So all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I really hope there are more books coming in this series, because it feels like there is much more to tell. I want to know how Anna's life continues, what happens to the young girl and more.I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Dwina Willis
    January 1, 1970
    Legacy of Mercy is Lynn Austin's sequel to Waves of Mercy, the incredible story of Dutch immigrants to Michigan. If you have not read Waves of Mercy, read it before you read Legacy of Mercy which launches October 2. You have a month to read it before the release of Legacy. Lynn continues the story of several of the characters from Waves of Mercy. Anna has developed a fledgling faith and is engaged to William. While she is fond of him, she does not feel for him what she does for Derk. She is marr Legacy of Mercy is Lynn Austin's sequel to Waves of Mercy, the incredible story of Dutch immigrants to Michigan. If you have not read Waves of Mercy, read it before you read Legacy of Mercy which launches October 2. You have a month to read it before the release of Legacy. Lynn continues the story of several of the characters from Waves of Mercy. Anna has developed a fledgling faith and is engaged to William. While she is fond of him, she does not feel for him what she does for Derk. She is marrying William to keep her adopted father from bankruptcy and to give her adopted mother a "let up" in Chicago society. Anna wants to find the circumstances of her birth, but will that knowledge damage the relationships she already has. Will she find a way to share her faith with the upper crust of Chicago's society?Anna's grandmother, Geesje, is the person everyone comes to for wisdom and guidance. She is asked to house a new immigrant, Cornelia, while her grandfather, a retired minister, lives next door. They left Holland to escape a tragic past which has left Cornelia's grandfather bitter and unforgiving. As Anna finds her way from her past to her future, Cornelia and her grandfather find a way to mercy and forgiveness. It does get a little "preachy", but all of us could use some lessons in mercy and grace. I highly recommend Legacy of Mercy.This review has been posted to two book club pages on Facebook, and to www.christianbook.com. Amazon would not let me post because the book has not been released.
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  • Gina Holder
    January 1, 1970
    This book rips your heart out, stomps on it a few times, and then puts it back. Legacy of Mercy is a beautiful, heart-felt story! Another amazing work by Lynn Austin. Anna's story couldn't have ended more perfectly. This book combines everything we love and have come to expect from this talented author. If you haven’t read Waves of Mercy, I recommend you start with that one first. Legacy of Mercy picks up where the first one left off, continuing Anna, Geejse, and Derk’s story, so it wouldn’t wor This book rips your heart out, stomps on it a few times, and then puts it back. Legacy of Mercy is a beautiful, heart-felt story! Another amazing work by Lynn Austin. Anna's story couldn't have ended more perfectly. This book combines everything we love and have come to expect from this talented author. If you haven’t read Waves of Mercy, I recommend you start with that one first. Legacy of Mercy picks up where the first one left off, continuing Anna, Geejse, and Derk’s story, so it wouldn’t work well as a stand-alone. There would be too much of the story that you would miss. Legacy of Mercy gives us the story of Christine, Geejse’s wayward daughter. This book deals with some difficult subject matters such as attempted suicide, sexual and physical abuse, and teen pregnancy. It takes these characters through some heart-breaking moments—some so crushing you wonder if they can ever recover from the weight of them. This is a historical drama for the mature reader. Some subject matters may be too distressing for younger or more sensitive readers to comprehend. Sometimes, God allows us to go through difficult things, so that we may learn from them and be able to help someone else during their time of need. This is the “legacy of mercy” that we can pass to others. God brings a young woman into Geejse’s life who needs her help, but Cornelia’s protective grandfather keeps getting in the way. Through it all, God’s guiding hand is ever-present, even through the darkest moments. As Cornelia’s and Christine’s story unfolds, it reveals the importance of true love from both our Heavenly father and of those closest to us. As it did in Waves of Mercy, this story again reminds us the importance of marrying the right person. Anna is convinced she needs to marry her wealthy beau, but at what cost? What sacrifices would she be forced to make? Is it worth it? This story is a genuine nail-biter! I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those who love historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and stories that remind us of God’s amazing grace and the Legacy of Mercy he gives us.
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  • Caitlin Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. I loved this book. God's grace and forgiveness was some major themes throughout, yet the characters talked about these topics and demonstrated them throughout the novel in ways that made them relatable. I loved the characters of Tante Geesje, Anna, and Cornelia and the contrast they provided in the novel. Geesje was strong in her faith, yet showed where she had doubts and how she moves in her faith. I think her charact Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. I loved this book. God's grace and forgiveness was some major themes throughout, yet the characters talked about these topics and demonstrated them throughout the novel in ways that made them relatable. I loved the characters of Tante Geesje, Anna, and Cornelia and the contrast they provided in the novel. Geesje was strong in her faith, yet showed where she had doubts and how she moves in her faith. I think her character really showed how a lifetime of faith doesn't mean she has it all figured out. I also loved the sass of this character and her enthusiasm about Jesus and the central message in the gospel.Anna's character shows what it's like to be new in faith. I enjoyed her because I could think about where I was when I first believed, and this caused me to root for her throughout the novel to become all God wanted her to be. I loved seeing her struggle to find out what God was calling her to do. I think a lot of people have been in this place at one time or another during their walk with Jesus.Corenlia showed what a new believer is like when what she has been taught about religion doesn't necessarily show what having a relationship with Jesus is like. I really liked seeing how she fought against God because it's so realistic. Letting go of hurt and learning to forgive is a process. Austin has written a fantastic novel about women in different places in their walks of faith. She has shown what it looks like to truly show God's grace and forgiveness. This book was so fantastic, and I felt convicted and encouraged while reading it.I hope you'll check it out when it comes out next week on October 2. Happy reading!
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  • Andi
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read book one, Waves of Mercy. I do have it so there is no excuse. However, I didn't find myself lost in the story line. I will be reading book one very SOON! Anna and I have a lot in common. I'm adopted and the story of my conception is not a happy one, so with every discovery she made about her family my heart cheered for her because she was answering questions about herself. William's family were annoying yet for the time period their behavior was spot on. I'm not a huge fan of firs I haven't read book one, Waves of Mercy. I do have it so there is no excuse. However, I didn't find myself lost in the story line. I will be reading book one very SOON! Anna and I have a lot in common. I'm adopted and the story of my conception is not a happy one, so with every discovery she made about her family my heart cheered for her because she was answering questions about herself. William's family were annoying yet for the time period their behavior was spot on. I'm not a huge fan of first person stories yet I didn't even pay attention to that because I was so drawn into the story. Lynn Austin is a great storyteller and I enjoy each one of her books. She seamlessly weaves the two stories of Anna and her recently found grandmother, Geesje from Holland. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in association with Prism Tours. I was not required to write a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Tanya Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    A glorious continual of the story "Waves of Mercy." I received a copy of this story from the publisher.Lynn Austin has once again breathed life into her characters in this 1800s fictional drama based in Chicago, Illinois and Holland, Michigan. Many true to life conflicts come into play in her writing that are still very relevant in the lives of believers, including suicide and depression. These are touchy topics that Christians today struggle with and her novel provided a wonderful example of Go A glorious continual of the story "Waves of Mercy." I received a copy of this story from the publisher.Lynn Austin has once again breathed life into her characters in this 1800s fictional drama based in Chicago, Illinois and Holland, Michigan. Many true to life conflicts come into play in her writing that are still very relevant in the lives of believers, including suicide and depression. These are touchy topics that Christians today struggle with and her novel provided a wonderful example of God's mercy, grace, and love to those suffering, but also provided very real examples of how Christians have put others in bondage by holding sins over their heads and not extending forgiveness or love. I was drawn into this novel and finished it in one day, not wanting to put it down until the resolution. Lynn has done an amazing job with engaging plot lines and realistic characters. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up one of Lynn Austin’s novels is like being completely transported into someone else’s life. And having read Waves of Mercy when it first came out two years ago, I was very excited to know that, in this case, that meant being transported into Anna Nicholson’s life again.I’m happy to say this story was everything I could have hoped for, and in some ways more. I found Anna’s story compelling, particularly as I have often felt a bit like a fish out of water, as Anna does among those who fo Picking up one of Lynn Austin’s novels is like being completely transported into someone else’s life. And having read Waves of Mercy when it first came out two years ago, I was very excited to know that, in this case, that meant being transported into Anna Nicholson’s life again.I’m happy to say this story was everything I could have hoped for, and in some ways more. I found Anna’s story compelling, particularly as I have often felt a bit like a fish out of water, as Anna does among those who form her high-society social circle. It was also one of those wonderful instances of knowing where I wanted the character to end up, but having absolutely no idea how she could believably get there—or even whether she would get there. I became thoroughly invested in her search for information about her birth parents and the twists and turns that story took before finally being laid bare.Anna finds herself between a rock and a hard place in so many different ways: sincerely wanting to live out her newly deepening faith, but having her light snuffed out at every turn; deeply conscious of the honour, respect, and gratitude owed to her adoptive parents, yet yearning to know the story of her birth parents; and increasingly uncomfortable with the demands that would come with her marriage to William, but unwilling to expose her parents to the disgrace (and financial ruin) of a broken engagement. And time and distance have not dimmed her feelings for Derk Vander Veen, the young man she met in Holland, Michigan. I felt the struggle in every decision and the sense of bewilderment as circumstances either forced her hand or tied both of them behind her back.In addition to Anna’s story, we meet Cornelia Den Herder, a deeply wounded young girl recently arrived from the Netherlands who comes to stay with Geesje de Jonge. It takes all of Geesje’s wisdom to reach out to her and know how to handle her irascible grandfather. Once again, I cherished the time I spent with this wonderful character. I think I may have said it my review for Waves of Mercy, but oh, that we could all have a Geesje in our lives!If you’ve read any of Lynn Austin’s books, you probably don’t need any convincing to pick this one up, but in the event that she’s a new author to you, do yourself a favour. You will be completely caught up in whatever story she’s telling, and you’ll collect little nuggets of wisdom along the way that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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