Saturday, September 18, 2010

Blog Tour: Making Waves (Review)

What happens when you mix sun, summer and a scrumptious sailing instructor in an 1895 Lake Manawa, Iowa setting? You get Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad.

In her debut novel, Seilstad delves into the "rich" world of Iowa, where people would escape the city in tempoary, but luxurious lodgings around a lake.

In the novel, Marguerite Westing not only spends time avoiding her boring suitor, Roger Gordon, while exploring two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews.

But the 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?

What I Thought
This was an interesting book to read. Unfamiliar with this setting - 1895 Iowa - the historical aspect of the story kept me reading. I found myself looking up information to see if this was, in fact, the way life was really was during this time frame.

I enjoyed the book, and found the writing to be strong - but it was a bit "predictable" in the end. However, with that in mind, it was a good read and had a good message.

If you are looking for a fun book to take while sitting on the sidelines of a band/football/soccer/cheer leading practice, then this is the novel to slip into your bag.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, I give this book a 3.

About The Author
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.

Online Resources
 Read an Excerpt: Click here.
 Reading Guide: Click here.
Buy it Online: At Amazon; CBD; Barnes & Noble; Local Bookstores

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors,including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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