Making Waves: A Novel

Paperback | September 1, 2010

byLorna Seilstad

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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.

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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 fo...

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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 s...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800734459

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner A page turner I have reread. Ms. Westing and her antics have me wanting to read about them again and again.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Was a little slow to start but picked up pretty quickly. Interesting setting.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good This book is one of my favorites. It's really good, and I hope to find another book as enjoyable as this! Have fun!
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wee Little Lie Loved this story. Set about 100 years ago in a resort town, the heroine, Marguerite Westing is unconventional. She makes waves wherever she goes. She is determined to learn to sail, something young ladies just did not do. Her mother would never approve, neither would her boring suitor. She signs her brother up for lessons and insists on chaperoning him. She lies that she can swim, since Trip Andrews insists no one comes on his boat who cannot swim. When Marguerite is caught in her lie, it's only the beginning of her problems. She has fallen for Trip, her father has a secret that could destroy their family, and she feels obligated to marry the suitor she detests. This story had action and romance.You also learn about Lake Manawa and the bizarre things that went on there, like a woman who would set herself on fire and dive off a high platform every evening.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, Funny, Fantastic! What a fun start to a new series, and a great debut novel as well! Making Waves is a sweet, humorous story written by history lover and new author Lorna Seilstad, and published in 2010 by Revell*. Refreshingly written in a light and entertaining style, but not without a large share of tension, conflict, and minor scariness, this book takes an interesting look at a place in history not well known to many. Lake Manawa, (as this three-book series is named for), was a popular resort for many wealthy vacationers who tented on the shores. In this Historical Romance, readers will feel as if they, too, are vacationing at the prestigious lake in the end of the 19th century. Marguerite Westing, as the dynamic heroine of Making Waves, is a vibrant, adventure-loving, trouble-finding young woman who is ecstatic when her beloved father announces that their family will spend the summer at the popular lake resort of Lake Manawa. After only a short time at the lake, however, lovable Marguerite discovers an adventure but must lie to get her way in its outcome. Ironically, in the midst of her adventures, Marguerite discovers that her true hero - not her current suitor - is Trip Andrews, a strong, self-confident and competent sailor at the resort who values truth in his friends more than any other virtue. Secondary characters also play important roles in the story, and include Marguerite's overbearing mother, the practical maid Lilly, and the sly, seemingly boring Roger Gordon. Informed by her mother that she must make a good match with the extremely wealthy Roger Gordon, Marguerite is sure that she can escape her despised suitor before anything serious comes of it. When her adventures at the lake lead her farther and farther into a string of lies, she discovers that her family is more secretive than she ever knew - and her father has been telling lies of his own. Marguerite has meanwhile found a man who she believes to be her true love, only to be forced by her father's debts into an engagement with Roger, a man who will stop at nothing to ensure that he gets what he wants. Throughout the conflict and climax of this story, the author has woven in a lighter, humorous note so that although the problems are serious, the reader still gets the feelings of humor, entertainment, and warmth. Making Waves brings to life the important theme of what God values so much in His people - the truth. Whether it be to protect loved ones, large or small, between others or just yourself, a lie is never the right thing to do, and the truth must be told at all times. Marguerite and her family learn this life lesson first hand; Marguerite finally confesses her lies, and her father must face up to the consequences of his profuse gambling debts. Although not as vital in the story, another moral is shown when Trip realizes that no one is perfect, and when those you love make mistakes you have to be willing to forgive them. And finally, on a lighter note, Marguerite with her love of ice cream forms an allegory that no matter what you do, you can't live a 'vanilla life' when you're a 'strawberry girl'! This is, overall, an enjoyable novel that will make you feel as though you have been taken along with the lovable Marguerite on a summer vacation to a gorgeous lake resort. Humor and warmth abound in this story, and characters are brought to life in an up-close and personal style. Negative aspects are also present, as in most any book, and include the occasional inappropriate comment or thought. Also, throughout the first part of the book, you will likely find yourself wondering - as I did - whether Marguerite will ever get caught in her sneakiness. The happily-ever-after ending is delightful, however, and leaves you wishing for the next title in the series. All in all, any fan of Christian Historical Romances will want to read this story of Marguerite, her love for her family, and her desire for a strawberry life. ***Note: I received this book free of charge for review purposes, courtesy of Revell Publishers and Graf-Martin Communications. I would like to say thank you very much for sending it to me.
Date published: 2011-01-25