Friday, August 12, 2011

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

Book Blurb:

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.

"You'll set sail on a wonderful adventure in Lorna Seilstad's new series. Her quick wit and captivating characters are mixed into a little-known slice of history that will keep you turning the pages and wishing for more when the story ends. Fortunately, there's another book to follow. I can't wait!"--Judith Miller, author, Somewhere to Belong

"Lorna Seilstad pulled me into the world she created around Lake Manawa with the lake breeze, the sailboats, and the leisure of summer days. But the love story and the characters were what made the book great. This needs to be everyone's first choice for a vacation read, or if you just want to open the pages of a book and be transported from your recliner to the beach."--Mary Connealy, author, Doctor in Petticoats and Wrangler in Petticoats

Lorna Seilstad is a history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in and draws her setting from Iowa. This is her first novel.

My Review:

Another great book by Lorna Seilstad!! Making Waves is her debut novel and the beginning of a series titled “Manawa Summers”. However, I read the 2nd book in the series “A Great Catch” first and LOVED it and that is why I bought Making Waves!!
Making Waves is about young Margaruite, a fun, bold and courageous young women. Margurite and her family are spending the summer at Lake Manawa and she is overjoyed at the idea because that gets her away from balding and boring Roger (the man her mom wants her to marry). She meets a hunky sailor named Trip and instantly wants to learn to sail!!

This was such a fun summer read that I felt like I was personally at Lake Manawa learning to sail by Trip!! Yum!! Trip was everything you want in a hero; he was strong and manly and very protective of Margaruite but willing to sort of “teach” her to sail even though that was unheard of at that time. Margaruite was also a very lovable and believable character; she was spunky and spontaneous, yet sweet and sensitive and she had flaws which made her even more believable!

There was some mystery added to the story about the man her parents wanted her to marry named Roger and also about Margaruite’s father. I enjoyed the suspense that continued to build in this story and I loved the curveballs that were thrown in!

The religious aspect of this story was not overbearing and I felt it was just right! There were lots of lessons about learning to tell the truth and why it is so important to speak honestly!!

I think I’ll be adding Lorna Seilstad as a new favorite author of mine!! While I liked A Great Catch more than Making Waves, I thought both books were delightful and I will be continuing to read her work!!

About Lorna Seilstad:

For as long as I can remember, I loved writing. I even dreamed in plots. I also grew up attending antique auctions nearly every weekend, so history was as much a part of my life as chores on our farm in Iowa, reading books, and playing with Barbies.

So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes, the way we speak, but the common threads that unite us remain the same. Couples fall in love. Injustices
happen. We fight for what we believe in. We struggle. We endure. We grow.

After graduating from York College in York, Nebraska with an A.A. and then receiving a B.S.Ed. from Lubbock Christian University, I met and married the love of my life, David. God had
written our love story, and I knew from the moment we met that he was the one. It was not love at first sight by any means, but I was so sure he was "it" that I wrote that I'd met the man I would marry in my diary. We pledged our hearts to one another two and half years later.

I taught high school English until my oldest child was born. After that I began my career as a professional wiper. I wiped noses, counter tops, tiny tushes, tears, and scraped knees.

Deciding that my children were now older and less in need of my constant supervision, I started pursuing my first love again --writing. After joining American Christian Fiction Writers, I found a wonderful critique group and began studying the craft of writing.

David and I have three children ages 18, 16, and 11. We also work in youth ministry and teach youth and adult Bible classes.

Thank you so much for stopping by, friend!

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  1. Funny, I liked Making Waves better than A Great Catch! But, I agree, Lorna is terrific and I look forward to more from her.

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  2. Lorna's one of my fave authors too. I like the way she spins humour and drama into a frenzy by the end. Great review!

  3. I've never read any of Lorna's works. I got this as a free ebook but it keeps getting pushed down my to-read list. After your review I'm definitely reading this one next. Thanks!