Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin – Book Review, Preview

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Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin - Book Review, Preview

I have seen personally the devastation that can result from a fire. What can start as just a little spark can rage out of control and decimate everything in its path.

In the book of James, a tongue that gets out of control is described to be like a fire, “And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” James 3:6 NLT

Wow! That sounds rather condemning and extreme, right? But words can be so destructive. I know that I have been hurt by things others have said and am sure you have endured that as well.

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin – Book Review, Preview

Legacy of Mercy

by Lynn Austin

Series: Waves of Mercy #2
Series Rating:
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date October 2, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois, Michigan Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 400


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.

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Anna experienced the painful reality of how inflammatory and painful gossip could be. Ironically, it was shortly after she politely suggested that the women in her social circle were wrong for gossiping about another woman.

Anna, newly introduced to the Bible and living for God, struggled with how to reconcile her life among the wealthy with the teachings of Jesus. Her kindness, compassion, and respect for her adoptive parents were so admirable.

Slowly, the answer to the mystery of her parentage unfolded. As she learned the secrets of her birth, they somehow were being spread among her peers, but in a less than flattering manner. Anna was surprised to learn the source and the reason behind the campaign of slander that was being waged and was hard-pressed to come up with a way of stopping it that wouldn’t hurt the people she loved the most.

Geesje, Anna’s grandmother, was embroiled in mysteries of her own after opening her home to a troubled young girl with no desire to live. Crossing words with the girl’s stoic grandfather, she loved her through the darkness that was choking her and led her into a life of freedom in Christ.

From the drawing rooms of the Chicago elite, to the slums and tenements, and to Holland, Michigan, author Lynn Austin tackled difficult subjects in Legacy of Mercy with grace and aplomb. Grief, guilt, poverty, domestic violence, gossip, and unforgiveness to name just a few. Despite the heavy subject matter, she crafted a story that was full of hope and pointed to Jesus all along the way. The ending was so touching and beautiful.

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Also by Lynn Austin

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin – Book Review, Preview

Waves of Mercy

by Lynn Austin

Series Rating:
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date October 4, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois, Michigan Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 386


Austin Returns with a Multi-Generational Historical Novel Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love. At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her. Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

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One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin
  • Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin
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Two additional winners will receive Waves and Mercy and Legacy of Mercy.

For US winners only—international readers may enter, but a $35 gift card will be substituted for their prize if they are chosen as winners.

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About Lynn Austin

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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