As one of the first Dutch settlers of Holland, Michigan, Geesje de Jonge reluctantly sits down to write her memoirs for the town's 50th anniversary. As she relives the loves, losses, trials, and blessings of her long life, her story resonates with her young neighbor and longtime friend, Derk. When Derk befriends 23-year-old Anna Nicholson-- a guest at the nearby Hotel Ottowa Resort-- they soon find that all three of their lives are more connected than anyone could have imagined.
I do not exaggerate in asserting that Lynn Austin's Waves of Mercy is one of the best novels I've read in years. Austin has a true talent for plumbing the very depths of the human soul. So often heroines in Christian fiction far too easily choose the right path every time. Geesje's story, however, is striking in its utter honesty and authenticity. Her fear in the face of trouble and choosing to follow her own selfish will both lead to heart-wrenching consequences. But God, as only He can, weaves everything together to achieve His perfect plan. This story of perseverance, forgiveness, and true love is not to be missed. My only complaint is that the story ended at all.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.