mary's book basket ~ "making waves" by lorna seilstad

With this spectacular debut Making Waves, first-time author Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale filled with humor and a determined heroine whose adventures are an absolute delight to follow. This Historical Inspirational Romance has some fabulous laugh out loud moments as we watch Marguerite stretch her wings challenging the conventions of the day to follow her heart.

Product Description:
"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. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the LAKE MANAWA SUMMERS series."

Ms. Sielstad has created characters that I just fell in love with. Marguerite Westing is far from in love with her suitor Roger Gordon but her mother thinks he is the perfect match. Roger is as stiff as a cardboard box with about as much personality. Milk toast comes to mind. Marguerite is a swirling dervish who wishes to embrace life with all it's colors and flavors. Needless to say they are not a match made in heaven.

Along comes Trip Andrews, Marguerite's younger brother's dashing sailing instructor. Trip has something to prove to his overbearing father and he is determined to rise to the challenge he faces. He has such a tender heart which he slowly reveals to Marguerite. The author does a phenomenal job of showing his strength of purpose while still being kind and humble. He is always there to rescue Marguerite from one zany misadventure after another.

The setting sails off the page. The descriptions of the sailing adventures as the canvas of characters wile away the summer on the water make me want to steal away to Iowa catching the next plane out. The tent cities that the wealthy set up were fascinating to learn about as well as the rich social life. There were dances and extravagant meals both of which provided wonderful humorous opportunities for the heroine to do her thing.  I was drawn into every scene and just could not wait to see what would happen next. The spiritual message is subtle and sweet. God's plan is the only one worth following no matter what others may say. Never settle for anything less.

I highly recommend
Making Waves.  It is available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Happy Reading,