Sunday, September 12, 2010

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad (Review)

Paperback: 363 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0800734459

Product Description

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means abandoning the family she loves? Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the LAKE MANAWA SUMMERS series.
My Review:
This was a wonderful debut Christian historical fiction book. I did not know anything about this time period or place. The author did a good job of describing and making me feel like I was there. The characters and plot were interesting and unique. I loved Marguerite and Trip. It is set during the summer of 1895 at a place called Lake Manawa in Iowa. I could smell the lake air and feel the wind in my face. Marguerite and her family are wealthy and are at Lake Manawa to camp in tents for the summer with other wealthy families. These tents are big and filled with nice things though. They also have hired help to do the laundry and cook. There are many funny moments in the book especially with Marguerite the spunky heroine. She does not want to conform to what society expects of her and that includes learning to sail. This is a great book to read during the summer but can be enjoyed at any time of year. One of the main themes was lying and its consequences. I read this book in one day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended. :)

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

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