October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in November?

 

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

Synopsis:

Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden.

At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped.

When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje’s been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

My Thoughts:

With dynamic characters that come to life, this story grabbed a hold of my heart and didn’t let go. I had not previously read the first book, Waves of Mercy, but not once did I feel lost in this story.  I do, however, want to go back and read Waves of Mercy as soon as possible!

Anna is on a personal mission to learn about her biological parents, however, the information that is being uncovered by the Pinkerton agents is getting leaked to her new society friends, and causing problems. Anna is trying to do the right thing by her adoptive parents, but will she lose herself in the process?

William has his eyes on his future goals of taking over the family banking business, he has high aspirations in society, and wants to make a life with Anna. His vision of the future is filled with high society glitz and glamor, but is that what Anna wants also?

I especially appreciated how seamlessly Lynn Austen wove Bible verses into this story. With gentle reminders of how when you think that you can supply your own needs, you fail to see your need for a savior. We are also reminded that we are God’s hands and feet, here to serve others. We are blessed so that we can bless others. If we hold on to what we are given, we are not fulfilling God’s plan in our lives and allowing Him to work through us.

This story is multifaceted, with lots to enjoy. The settings, the history and the characters all blend together, with Lynn Austen’s signature writing style to make the perfect reading enjoyment. I give this story 5-stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy today to enjoy for yourself!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

Austin_Lynn1 Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.

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Waves of Mercy

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Author Interview: Lynn Austin

I’m super excited to have Lynn Austin visiting with us today about her new book, Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) due to hit the shelves on October 2nd!

Austin_Lynn1 Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

 

LegacyOfMercyHaving returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden.

At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped.

When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje’s been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)

 

Friends, please join me in giving a warm welcome to Lynn Austin!

beach-beauty-close-up-733828Q:  Legacy of Mercy will be released on October 2 and will be the first sequel you’ve ever written. What made you decide to write a sequel?

Lynn:  My readers decided for me! I received many, many letters from them asking if there would be a sequel to “Waves of Mercy.” The main character, Anna, is only in her twenties and is a new Christian, so when she decides to return to Chicago and marry her fiancé at the end of the book, readers wanted to know what happens next in her life. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to explore what happens next for Anna, too. She has just discovered who her birth mother is, so naturally, she’ll want to learn more about her. She’ll also want to solve the mystery of who her real father is and what became of him. What if he is still alive? Lots of material for a story here, especially when the other people in Anna’s life try to discourage her investigations.

 

blur-close-up-culture-615328Q:  This story is set in your hometown of Holland, MI. Did you discover anything surprising while you were researching these books?

Lynn:  I knew very little about the early history of Holland, Michigan when I began this series—only that it was settled by Dutch immigrants. What surprised me was how much they suffered to establish a settlement here, including religious persecution, a malaria plague, and a devastating fire. Their enduring faith in spite of all their many trials was a huge inspiration to me.

 

tulips-1152802_1920Q:  The city of Holland must have seen an increase in tourism since you started writing about it. You even did a bus tour, tell us about it.

Lynn:  The book seems to have sparked a renewed interest in local history. The Holland tourist bureau told me they’ve guided several happy tourists to the places described in my book.  And I was very pleasantly surprised by the interest in my “Waves of Mercy” bus tour! When I offered to guide interested readers to some of the settings from my book, I never imagined there would be enough interest to fill two chartered busses! There may even be another tour after “Legacy of Mercy” releases.

 

agriculture-barn-clouds-462136Q:  You are known for writing multi-generational books and Legacy of Mercy is no exception. What intrigues you about writing in this style?

Lynn:  I enjoy creating women’s personalities from various eras and exploring how the roles and opportunities changed for women from generation to generation. I find it very interesting to see how the choices one generation makes has an influence on each generation after them. It causes me to be more thoughtful in the way I live, knowing that my children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren may be impacted by my life.

 

girls-739071_1920Q:  Which character in Legacy of Mercy do you identify with the most and why?

Lynn:  I would have to say I identify the most with Geesje DeJonge. For one thing, she is about the same age as I am, and has lived long enough to be able to look back through the years and analyze them. She is in a position to see all of the ways and times when God carried her through—something we usually only see in hindsight, not when we’re going through the difficulties. I’m at the same stage in my life, and I can see God’s faithfulness to me in spite of the many times I questioned His wisdom.

 

desk-1148994_640Q:  When you sit down to write a story, do you know how it is going to end? Describe your writing process. How do you stay disciplined and not get distracted?

Lynn:  I never know how a story will end when I start writing. I rarely even know what comes next when I’m writing a chapter! I begin with the historical setting, and as I’m doing my research, my characters usually begin to take shape in my mind. I flesh them out by developing resumes for them so that they become real people in my mind, with backgrounds and personalities. Then I figure out where to begin the novel and simply make up the plot as I go along. If I’m surprised then the reader will be surprised.

My deadline keeps me disciplined. I know that if I write a certain number of pages a day, I’ll finish the book on time. I also know how very hard it is to write well when I’m behind schedule and a deadline is looming. Wanting to avoid that last minute panic keeps me disciplined on a daily basis.

As for distractions—there are so many! Over the years, I’ve had to learn when to put the book aside and enjoy a pleasant distraction (an old friend who has come to town, an afternoon with my husband), and when there’s no value in the distraction and it will only make the writing process harder.

 

books-315677_640Q:  Did anything surprise you about the Legacy of Mercy story?

Lynn:  Yes. One of the main characters ends up in an impossible situation, which put me in an impossible situation as I tried to figure out what to do! But I just kept writing and the dilemma untangled in a very natural but surprising way. (You’ll see when you read it!)

Also, the ending surprised me—a lot! I hope that all of my readers who asked for a sequel are pleased with it.

 

Thank you, Lynn Austin for chatting with us today and sharing about your books as well as your writing process!

 

Order your copy today!

Waves of Mercy

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Let’s Connect:

I’d love to hear from you!  Have you read Waves of Mercy?
Have you visited Holland?