Thursday, October 14, 2010

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

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?

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The Review:
My Ranking: 8 out of 10
Ages 13 & up

Making Waves is a unique story about a young woman named Marguerite Westing who's only desire is to have a little fun instead of being cooped up all day doing what a proper lady should - sewing, gossiping, and sipping tea. When her father sets up a summer vacation on lake Manawa, it seems to Marguerite that her dream is coming true. She gets to escape the pursuit of boring Robert, the man her mother wishes her to marry, and have fun on the lake at the same time. But when she arrives at the lake, she discovers a new passion - sailing. Women are normally not permitted on boats, so Marguerite must find another way to learn to sail which involves sneakery and deceiving her mother, suitor, and the sailing instructor she is quickly falling for, Trip Andrews.
But when worst comes to worst, she learns of a terrible family secret, and Marguerite's world tumbles out of control. Will she be forced to marry Roger, the very man she has such distaste for, or will she be able to follow her heart and marry the man who shares so much in common with her?

This book was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was pretty clean, and had a good story with a touch of adventure and peril thrown into it. The only thing that I would point out is that Trip teaches Marguerite how to swim, and it is remarked how he looked at her ankles and calves(the bathing suits back then had a skirt to the women's knees) and thought it might not be such a good idea, and one of the sailor's inquires what color her bathing suit was and whether she looked pretty.  But all in all, it was a very good book with a great lesson in being honest, and the consequences of lying. I also liked how in the beginning Marguerite tried to use the fact the God was okay with her lying since He understood why she was doing it, and by the end that was proven very untrue.

I really enjoyed the book, and highly encourage you to read it. It was a great story! :-D Purchase Making Waves for just $10 here!


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