In 1897, Geesje de Jonge is asked to write a memoir about her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to the Michigan wilderness in honor of her town's 50th anniversary. As Geesje recalls the events of the past, a young visitor, Anna Nicholson, mourns a broken engagement. Over the course of one summer, the lives of both women will change forever.
Lynn Austin returns with a multi-generational historical novel.
Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age 17 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, 23-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.
©2016 Lynn Austin (P)2016 Recorded Books
the characters in this book, brought me into their world, I laughed with them and cried. I had a hard time stopping the recording. the book was great and something I will listen to more then once
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Lynn Austin is my favorite author. I love all of her books with this one exception. It was a engaging story but very tragic. So many trials and unfortunate circumstances. However, I could have gotten past the depressing nature of the book if it was not for the narration. There were two narrators and one was terrible. I have never thought that narration alone could ruin a book for me, but I was wrong. Surely, someone else may find the narration unremarkable, and the underlying story and message were good.
Enjoyed the story, but the ending just left me hanging. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THES PEOPLE!!! The "overall" got bumped down to one star. Who wants to spend all these hours reading a good story and never find out what happens to all these characters. The ending was just WRONG!
The story is amazing! The reader was slow to listen to at first, and she seemed scattered. But after a few chapter's I forgot all about it and got into the plot.
I'm glad I didn't return this book within the first hour. The narrator so irritated me I came so close. ... I've loved every book of Ms Austen's so I continued on. That attitude doesn't help one become lost in the story... I loved the story. I may have to buy the book rather than listen again...
I have read and loved almost all of Lynn Austin's Books. This one was a little dismal. Not very exciting. Struggled to get through it. I see what she was saying and the message was good but didn't like the story very much.
The narrator for the main character was awful. She made people sound retarded or slow. It was such a shame because the story was amazing. Then, sometimes, since there were two narrators, the character Ana got both narrators depending on whose view it was which was so noticeable it was distracting. Disappointing
"Inspirational story of faith alongside suffering"
Loved it. The characters were so real and their humanity and faith shone through.
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