This is my first time reading anything by Lynn Austin, but this book has made me a total fan. Well written, compelling, and interesting - it has it all.
Anna Nicholson was engaged to a prominent banker in Chicago society. He broke off the engagement when Anna refused to stop attending a local church (not the "acceptable" one for her station). Although she was initially devastated, when she arrives at her luxury hotel for a vacation in Holland, Michigan, she is wrestling with thoughts of should she apologize and work things out? If she does, will it be for love? Duty? Fear?
Holland, Michigan resident Geesje de Jonge emigrated to America as a teen 50 years before, and has a pretty compelling back story. When the town plans it's Semi-Centennial celebration, she is asked to write down her experiences for their town's book of history. Although it is difficult for her to remember and write things down, she begins to use the time as a way to work through the deep challenges she went through. And in the end, she just might find some healing and solve a great mystery of her past, while helping Anna discern some truths as well.
The book bounces back and forth between Anna and Geesje's perspectives, both present and past. The women are tied together in inexplicable ways - and the author's resolution is satisfying and well done. I can easily recommend this book, and am eager to read more from this author.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.