Book Review | Making Waves

Title: Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers)

Author: Lorna Seilstad

My Review:

Marguerite Gordon has it all, wealth, social position and one of the most eligible bachelor’s in town is courting her. The problem is that she finds him incredibly boring! Her mother is determined to see them married but her father has promised that he won’t force her to marry someone she doesn’t love. In order to buy some time, her father arranges for them to camp at Lake Manawa for the summer. There she meets Trip Campbell, a sailing instructor that she falls for.

Roger becomes possessive, her father is sneaking off in the middle of the night and Trip only wants to spend time preparing for the end-of-summer sailing regatta. What’s a girl to do? Faced with a choice of marrying Roger to save her family from a scandalous secret or pursuing Trip no matter the cost has Marguerite pushed to the edge of her faith in God.

A good book. A unique look into life in the late 1890s. Lake Manawa, Iowa is a real place and the Grand Plaza, Midway, restaurants, pavilions, etc. described in the book were historically accurate. The author obviously loves the community she lives in and did a marvelous job describing how the social elite lived during this era. Sadly, she reports that the entire resort location is gone and is now part of a state park. I always enjoy reading historical romances and this was no exception. Great work!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Myla is a life-long resident of Nova Scotia, Canada. She is married with two sons. A self-described bookworm, her hobbies also include knitting, painting, photography and music.

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