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Friday, November 27, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Though Waters Roar

I adore Lynn Austin’s books!    

If you haven’t discovered what a fantastic author she is by now – definitely make it a priority.   Lynn Austin and historical fiction were just meant to be.  

Grandma Bebe was a fiery woman who willingly sacrificed her freedom to take a stand for prohibition.  The man she loved was caught in the fierce grip of alcohol, and Bebe was determined to set him free, no matter if it meant her own arrest and jail time.  

Ironically, years later, Harriet Sherwood finds herself sitting in jail just like her grandmother – but for the opposite stance.   Harriet is worried what Grandma Bebe will think of her, after she finds out that Harriet has helped a friend and her husband transport illegal liquor - even though its not for the reason everyone assumes.

Even more ironically, the man who bails Harriet out of jail is her arresting officer and childhood nemesis, Tommy.  Through all of the stress and emotional turmoil of being locked up – Harriet finds herself looking at Tommy with a much different attitude than she did in school.  Harriet’s time in jail is spent remembering her conversations with Grandma Bebe and the stories of women in her family who have stood firm for what they believed in.    

Lynn Austin’s stories are so vividly told and easy to get lost in – you can’t help but fall in love with her characters and their tragedies and triumphs.  

This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers

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