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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Making Waves...Review

About the book:
Set in 1895, Making Waves, by debut author Lorna Seilstad is the first book in the Lake Manawa Summers series.

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is 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 gambling problems 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 abandoning the family she loves?

Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday in Making Waves, the first book of the Lake Manawa Summers series.

A simply charming story. I loved Marguerite, Trip and Mark. Roger was a complete and total cad. Marguerite's mother wasn't much better. Marguerite is a spunky, independent young woman with a mind of her own, and a devotion to her family. She wants to learn to sail, even though it's not an appropriate activity for young women.& She wants to marry for love, even as she is pushed into the arms of a most unsuitable, boring and arrogant young man.

With a delightful lake setting and endearing characters, this is a book that will draw you in leave you wanting more.

I did find it odd that wealthy people would spend the summer camping in tents, even if those tents were fairly luxurious and filled with fine furniture and things. The author provides some details at the end and I looked up Lake Manawa online and indeed, wealthy people camped at that time, in that area. Go figure. I would have thought they would have bought summer homes.

At any rate, this was a stellar debut novel and I eagerly await more from Lorna Seilstad.

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Donna Hausler Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Lorna Seilstad here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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  1. This does sound like a fun read!

  2. I haven't finished this one, because A Hope Undaunted arrived and nothing else mattered!! I did enjoy the first chapter though and think I will love Marguerite if for her name if nothing else. :)