Legacy of Mercy
(Waves of Mercy #2)
By Lynn Austin
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 400 Pages
October 2nd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
She Knew Her New Life Would Not Be Easy,
But Nothing Could Prepare Her For What Waits Ahead
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 discover the whole 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. With pressure mounting to keep the past quiet, she discovers daily 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 troubled history--adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.
Praise for the Book
"Varying points of view, well-placed clues, and an interesting subplot about Anna's grandmother welcoming Dutch immigrants to Michigan keeps the story interesting. Austin skillfully embeds her strong spiritual message into the actions of her characters, creating a wonderful historical tale that is naturally inspirational."--Publishers Weekly starred review
“Can’t we keep my wedding gown simple?”
Mother looks at me as though I’ve spoken blasphemy. “My dear, you will be the center of attention on your wedding day. As William Wilkinson’s bride, you’re marrying into a very prominent Chicago family. You’ll want to make William proud as he presents you to his guests.”
The thought of being showcased makes me cringe, but I remain silent. We decide on a V-shaped neckline with a beaded bodice and lots of lace and pleats. And ridiculous puffed sleeves. It’s all too much for my taste, like the extravagant house William wants to buy. When it’s time to choose the fabric, Mother says, “It must be white, of course.”
“Why is that?” I ask as my resentment toward all these expectations and excesses bubbles to the surface. “I know I’ve seen white gowns at the weddings I’ve attended recently, but I didn’t realize it was a requirement. Besides, a white gown won’t be very practical if I want to wear it on another occasion. The hemline will become filthy, trailing through the streets—especially in January.”
“It isn’t intended to be practical,” the seamstress replies. “And it’s more of a tradition than a requirement. Ever since Queen Victoria of England wore a white gown when she married Prince Albert, everyone has wanted to copy her.”
“Well, I don’t.” But there’s no room for my opinion in these matters, so I hold my tongue while Mother makes the final choices for me. I’m her only child and I’ll be married only once in my life, so I’ll let her enjoy this moment.
After submitting to countless measurements from head to toe, I finally emerge from the dressmaker’s shop into the cool fall air. I breathe deeply, trying to ignore the feeling that I’m suffocating. “You’ll need new white gloves,” Mother says as we wait for our driver to bring our carriage around. “Above the elbow, I should think, since we chose short sleeves for your gown. And which would you prefer, soft kid gloves or silk ones?”
“It doesn’t matter to me,” I say, stifling a sigh. “Whatever you think is best.” We climb into the carriage. I would prefer to leave the windows open for fresh air, but Mother closes them against the draft. Our next stop is the Wilkinsons’ mansion, where we will plan the wedding dinner with William’s mother over lunch. “I truly don’t care to plan any of this wedding,” I say as we drive there. “You and William’s mother can choose whatever you’d like, and I’m sure it will be fine with me.”
Mother purses her lips and raises her chin, a look that I’ve come to recognize as extreme displeasure. “A woman’s wedding is a major event in her life, Anna. You need to take part in planning it. It will provide good experience for all of the formal dinners and receptions you’ll be hosting as William’s wife. It’s important that you learn how to choose the food and décor and arrange the rooms in keeping with the occasion.” I recall the vast dining room in the house William wants to buy and feel sick inside. Is this truly God’s purpose for my life?
Other Books in the Series
Waves of Mercy
(Waves of Mercy #1)
By Lynn Austin
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 4th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
Haunted by the Unknowns of Their Pasts,
Two Women Search for Answers Along the Shores of Lake Michigan
Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Filled with questions about her newfound faith and troubled by a recurring nightmare, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry.
Prompted by a request from her son, Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. As she writes them down for the Semi-Centennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own as she honestly and painfully recalls her regrets, doubts, hardships, and joys. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna, and wishes to bring the two together.
Past and present collide as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations that await them.
Praise for the Book
"Interlacing the past with the present-day lives of Anna and Geesje, Austin compassionately delivers a moving tale of family bonds, tests of faith, and abiding love."--Booklist starred review
"Austin has crafted an interesting, historically accurate portrait of two profoundly different characters: one looking back at life, the other taking her first faltering steps toward independence."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.
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