Sun, summer, and a scrumptious sailing instructor. What more could a girl want?
When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will spend the summer of 1895 at Lake Manawa, Iowa, she couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s 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 secrets 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 hurting the family she loves?
Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves will whisk you away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday.
Lorna Seilstad is a welcome addition to the world of Christian historical fiction. Making Waves has set the groundwork for a promising career in inspirational fiction. Her character development, spirited dialogue and dramatic elements are well cultivated and show promise for her future novels.
Marguerite is a burgeoning feminist being pressured to fit the archetype of a proper lady, even though her very nature rebels against it. Her loyalty and adoration for her family (even her society preoccupied mother) is one of her most endearing qualities. She and Trip are alike in this regard and their mutually passionate personas propel this story forward like a strong wind in a ship’s sails.
I did find that this story lost a bit of momentum in the middle sections. Marguerite’s inability to sever ties with Roger after much complaining did not sit well with her character’s independent nature and could at times be frustrating (although at the end it is evident why it is necessary). The suspense elements at the end were a little haphazard and predictable.
I enjoyed this story and found myself yearning for the summer months. This book has made me more than a little curious about the art of sailing.