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Stories for His Glory

Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin June 15, 2021

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For fans of bestselling WWII fiction comes a powerful novel from Lynn Austin about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence.
Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?

Lena’s daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.

Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.

The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.

My thoughts:

I haven’t read a Lynn Austin book in quite some time. This is a very good one. I loved the peek into life as the war was beginning and how different people reacted.

It’s also a cruel reminder of how ruthless Hitler was, even to those that wanted to remain neutral during the war.

If you enjoy historical reads, I am sure you will enjoy this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin October 18, 2018

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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 find the 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.

At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands 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 haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through

My thoughts:

First, this cover is absolutely beautiful. It captured me and drew me in.

It took me a while to fully get into the grove of this book. By chapter five I was immersed and very interested in the characters and what was happening in their lives.

There was a lot of mystery surrounding the characters and what was going on with them and their pasts which drove my curiosity.

If you are a Lynn Austin fan I think you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin November 12, 2016

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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.

My thoughts:

I have loved every book I have read by Lynn so I was anxious and excited to read her latest.

This book is set in my favorite state, Michigan. The setting is beautiful. Lynn did a great job of capturing the beauty of the area.

This book has many different layers woven together. I enjoyed Geesje story from her past, it was very interesting.

The weird thing about this book was that I was drawn in and then I found myself not engaging. I really bounced back and forth a lot with the story. There were times I was completely hooked and other times when I felt like something was off. I can’t pinpoint what it was that did that for me. I think I felt some of the dialogue was more modern than it would have been for the 1800’s. But I could be wrong.

Overall, I did find this book to be good, just not my favorite and I was a bit disappointed after reading other books by Lynn that I loved so much. But this book is getting great reviews so as always, this is my opinion only. If this book sounds intriguing to you then pick it up and give it a read.

Visit Lynn here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.