It's 1895, and spunky Marguerite Westing is thrilled to discover that her family will summer at Lake Manawa! Escaping her boring suitor, Roger, Marguerite stumbles upon two new loves---sailing and her instructor, Trip. But when her father's gambling threatens to ruin them all, will she marry Roger to save her family's name and fortune? 368 pages, softcover from Revell.
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Customer Reviews for Making Waves, Lake Manawa Series #1
Marguerite Westing from Council Bluffs, Iowa was a spunky girl who detested the man her mother had picked for her to marry, Roger Gordon. He was vanilla ice cream and she was a strawberry sundae. In 1895 her father decided the family would spend the summer months at Lake Manawa, Iowa, that is where she met Trip Andrews when he had to pull her from the lake and she got her first taste of sailing. Her mother let her younger brother Mark do anything he wanted because he was a boy but she couldn't do anything, that is why she sneaks and lies.
I wanted to read this series because I was born and raised about 100 miles north of Lake Manawa, where Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota meet, in South Sioux City, Nebraska and these books sounded like some fun stories. I can say I really got into this book, Lorna started out with a fun, lighthearted story and by the final third of the book I was fighting back tears for Marguerite. She was such a fun character it was a shame she had to fight her mother and later her father who had always been her hero, he would let her do things that her mother didn't approve of, until now.
I would encourage others to read this book if they like Christian Historical's, I think they will really enjoy Lorna's work.
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Review 2 for Making Waves, Lake Manawa Series #1
Date:October 25, 2013
Loved the passion the author used to write this book. It was like I could taste, see and feel everything. And the characters spent a lot of time together and we got to hear all there points of view, my favorite kind of book. Can't wait to read the other two in the series, just started on book 2 and I am enthralled. Great family values too, with the perfect amount of scripture thrown in.
This was such an easy read. I'm a caregiver and a teacher. This was so nice to sit down and appear in a different time period and enjoy it! Enough suspense to keep you in it but lots of fun to read. Thanks for offering it for the ereader.
I thought this story started out interesting, albeit predictable, but seemed to meander midway through to a speedy finish. At some point the story took a different focus, toward her father and seemed to lose steam and foundation. I also found the main character, Marguerite, increasingly inconsistent, e.g. spunky, daring, rebellious; yet still winy and passive in the face of her distastefully impending engagement. On the other hand, Trip's character seemed both well developed and stupendously mature next to Marguerite's. Overall it wasn't a bad read, just okay.
I enjoyed stepping back to a setting not so long ago but so very far removed from today's hurried summer vacation escapes. I loved the sailing component & longed for more along that line. The dating/engagement rituals were very well written in this story.an enjoyable summer 'read.'
Once I got through the first couple of chapters this book really grab ahold of me and I flew through it. I thought the author does a wonderful job of weaving God throughout the book. Great beach reading.
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn't expecting anything more than an easy read and a lot of fluff, to be honest, but was pleasantly surprised with the depth of emotion the author portrayed in each of her characters. I laughed and cried! Loved it!
I started this book with great expectations, and was sadly let down. I found the main characters poor, unrealistic, and I couldn't identify with them. Very rarely do I leave a book unfinished, but with this one I couldn't bring myself to waste any more time muddling through this one.
Yes the main character may be "flippant" in the beginning, but like most christian books you have to give the character time. And as the story unfolds they end up either receiving Christ or growing in their spirituality. I never put a book down after only a few pages. You have to give the author a chance to take you on a journey! That's the fun of reading!!!
Addressing the reviewer who found the main character's attitudes distasteful in the first few pages, she is correct, and that is part of the set-up of the plot. Without spoiling the story for others, I would like to say, however, that the main character is dynamic - that is, she changes and grows spiritually - throughout the story. So you have to read the whole book.