Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.
At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.
Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.
Now I don’t hide the fact that I love Lynn Austin but lately some of her books just haven’t been for me. They were good, just not my taste. Oh I am so glad I read and loved this one.
I loved the two stories and how they were written. But more importantly I loved how this story could be any one of us. Shouldn’t we glean information and the beauty of God’s provision from other’s stories.
I will admit I loved Geesje’s story just a bit more than Anna’s. But I have always adored historical fiction of that era. As crazy as this sounds I have always admired the bravery of those who came and founded this land.
This book is written in typical Austin style with the different story lines, but it rivals one of my other favorites of her’s.(Eve’s Daughters) But it is easy to read with enough twists and turns to keep you interested, crying, smiling, and many more feels.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.