Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstand

Making Waves follows the story of the young Marguerite Westing in 1895 Middle America as she tries to choose between following her heart or her familial obligations. On the one hand she could choose to marry the safe, stable, and oh-so-boring Roger or, on the other hand, she could choose the more exciting and carefree Trip.

This story is a great, light, summer read. The characters are compelling and a little bit over the top, but they are still easily relatable and likable. From the very beginning it is easy to tell who the “villain” of the story is, so you’re really just reading to see how the twists and turns of Marguerite’s life lead her to make the ultimate decision. Also, it is near impossible not to fall in love with Marguerite from the first page as she is young, slightly na├»ve, and full of life and spunk.

Making Waves does have a few surprising twists and turns, which leaves the reader turning page after page to find out what will happen. This book is a Christian fiction, so there were some moments of prayer and soul-searching inside of the book, but they did not detract from the overall story.

The only thing that took away a little bit from the story itself was the ending, simply because of how abrupt it was. I never really got a sense for why some of the characters acted the way they did because it was all brushed over so quickly. I just wish the ending would have been fleshed out just a bit more so I could really understand what these characters were thinking.

All in all, I give Making Waves 4 out of 5 stars.

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