Friday, September 17, 2010

Blog Tour: Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

Books are just more fun when they’re written about lake settings or beaches. *grin* And what’s not to love about that cover? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: covers matter.

Welcome to the latest stop for the blog tour of Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad.

Here’s the book’s summary:

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.

And now, my review:

Marguerite Westing struggles with two sizable character flaws: lack of assertion and willingness to compromise when it comes to telling the truth.

Both of these weaknesses get her into trouble over and over again. She holds the key to her own freedom but fails to assert herself, then feels like a victim as life happens to her, and she waited for someone else to rescue her. Loved this message—we often hold the key to our breakthrough, we just have to assert ourselves.

And, as many a clever novelist will do, Lorna ties this together with her other theme—honesty. I’ll let you read the book to find out how.

Lake Manawa, Iowa, in 1895 was a happening place, apparently. I felt like I was strolling around the lake, hearing the splash of revelers who were trying to escape the heat while camping.

Can you imagine taking multiple tents, servants and real furniture with you and camping next to other wealthy families for an entire summer? In the Iowa heat?? *grin*

Then, there’s the sailing fun. Lorna gives us creative, quirky characters and a slew of troubles to navigate in this enjoyable romance.

Reading Making Waves feels like a double escape—both because of the history and the lake setting. Enjoy!

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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