Book Review: Making Waves – Lake Manawa Summers Series by Lorna Seilstad

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Making Waves – Lake Manawa Summers Series by Lorna Seilstad

by Joanne Troppello


I was immediately drawn into the story in Making Waves – Lake Manawa Summers Series by Lorna Seilstad. The author's descriptions of the characters and scenery made me feel like I was right there in the story enjoying the summer vacation at the lake with Marguerite and Trip.


I loved reading the parts of the story from the main character, Marguerite's POV. The way she spoke—and as the author exposed her thoughts—really connected with me. I just loved her spunk right away. She really reminded me of my adventurous sister. Many times, while reading, I felt like her maid, Lilly who was always trying to talk sense into Marguerite.


I enjoyed reading about a character like Marguerite who was so flawed. Only recently turned to Christ, she still had issues with lying and praying that God would answer the desires of her heart.

Her maid, Lily was a positive influence on her as was Lily's mother—and the family's cook and housekeeper. This character development resonated with me.


As Christians, we're all "sinners saved by grace" and a work in progress each day. It was nice to see characters who weren’t perfect. They were real and personified struggles that we all go through.


The ending was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved how both Marguerite and Trip grew as individuals and in their love for each other by the end of the story.


I highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading great Christian romance novels—because this definitely was one.


About the Book


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.


About the Author


Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. Connect with Lorna on Twitter.

About the Reviewer


Joanne Troppello Publisher at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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