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Waves of Mercy Waves of Mercy

by Austin, Lynn

Haunted by the Unknowns of Their Pasts, Two Women Search for Answers Along the Shores of Lake Michigan, in the Dutch immigrant settlement of Holland. Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to Holland’s Hotel Ottawa, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Filled with questions about her newfound Christian 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 Jacob, pioneer settler Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago, in 1847. 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 dramatic revelations that await them.

Paperback, 380 pages, (Bookseller's note: This book is perhaps the best historic novel to date covering the history of the Secession of 1834 (from the mainline Netherlands Reformed Church, NHK) and the 1846 departure of Secession folks with the Rev. Van Raalte-led emigration party to Michigan.)

USD 15.95 / CAD 21.95

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