Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

https://amzn.to/2CQDXYCLegacy of Mercy
(Waves of Mercy #2)
By Lynn Austin
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 400 Pages
October 2nd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

She Knew Her New Life Would Not Be Easy,
But Nothing Could Prepare Her For What Waits Ahead

Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can't seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she's learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her discover the whole truth.

But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden. With pressure mounting to keep the past quiet, she discovers daily that her choice to seek God's purpose for her life isn't as simple as she had hoped.

When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje's been helping new Dutch immigrants--including a teen with a troubled history--adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

Praise for the Book

"Varying points of view, well-placed clues, and an interesting subplot about Anna's grandmother welcoming Dutch immigrants to Michigan keeps the story interesting. Austin skillfully embeds her strong spiritual message into the actions of her characters, creating a wonderful historical tale that is naturally inspirational."--Publishers Weekly starred review


I race across the grass to the hotel, shouting for help. By the time I stumble up the steps and yank open the main door, I’m panting so hard I can barely speak. “Help us, please!” I say to the desk clerk and a porter. “Someone has fallen into the channel and my friend jumped in to save her.

We need help pulling them out. And bring warm blankets!” I remember the weight of the quilt that one of my rescuers wrapped around my shoulders after the shipwreck, and the warmth of the fire they built for us on the beach. Please, Lord! Don’t let anything happen to Derk and Cornelia, I pray.

It seems to take forever, but four hotel workers drop what they’re doing and gather supplies to race back with me. We’re in time to help the fishermen pull Cornelia out of the water and onto dry land. We quickly wrap a blanket around her. She is shivering violently and coughing. Her face is deathly white, her lips purplish-blue. They pull Derk out next and drape a blanket around him. The men are talking to Cornelia, asking if she is all right. “She doesn’t speak English,”

Derk tries to tell them, but he is shivering so hard he can barely talk. The hotel clerk lifts Cornelia in his arms and carries her up to the hotel, which seems miles away.

Two of the porters support Derk and propel him along, too. “What happened?” one of them asks. “Did the girl slip and fall?”

“I guess so,” Derk says. “I didn’t see it happen.”

But I did, and I know that Cornelia didn’t slip. I can’t erase the terrible image of her walking forward as if there was an invisible bridge across the channel that only she could see. I watched Cornelia deliberately step off the edge and plunge down into the water. What I don’t understand is why.

Everyone is exhausted by the time we reach the lobby. Someone adds more wood to the fire, and we stand around the lobby fireplace enjoying the warmth. The porters find some spare clothes for Derk and Cornelia, and they change into them in the back office. They drape their wet ones in front of the fire to dry. Cornelia is still coughing up water. “You might want to see a doctor when you get back to town,” one of the workers advises. Everyone is discussing how she might have slipped, but I remain silent—and baffled. I know it wasn’t an accident.

Other Books in the Series

https://amzn.to/2CPqb8xWaves of Mercy
(Waves of Mercy #1)
By Lynn Austin
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 4th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers

Haunted by the Unknowns of Their Pasts,
Two Women Search for Answers Along the Shores of Lake Michigan

Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Filled with questions about her newfound faith and troubled by a recurring nightmare, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry.

Prompted by a request from her son, Geesje de Jonge begins to sift through memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. As she writes them down for the Semi-Centennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own as she honestly and painfully recalls her regrets, doubts, hardships, and joys. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna, and wishes to bring the two together.

Past and present collide as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations that await them.

Praise for the Book

"Interlacing the past with the present-day lives of Anna and Geesje, Austin compassionately delivers a moving tale of family bonds, tests of faith, and abiding love."--Booklist starred review

"Austin has crafted an interesting, historically accurate portrait of two profoundly different characters: one looking back at life, the other taking her first faltering steps toward independence."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

Tour Schedule

October 15th:
Cover Lover Book Review
An Indie Adventure
Author Kelly D. Scott
October 16th:
Romancing History
Uplifting Reads
October 17th:
The Power of Words
Hearts & Scribbles
October 18th:
Fiction Aficionado
Splashes of Joy
October 19th:
Wishful Endings
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Rockin' Book Reviews
October 22nd:
Among the Reads
Book by Book
October 23rd:
Jen Around the World
Heidi Reads...
October 24th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Radiant Light
October 25th:
Tell Tale Book Reviews
Locks, Hooks and Books
October 26th:
Reading Is My SuperPower

Check out the Bookstagram Tour schedule October 22 - 26 here!

Tour Giveaway

One Grand Prize Winner will receive Waves of Mercy and Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin and tulip notecards.

Two additional winners will receive Waves and Mercy and Legacy of Mercy.

For US winners only—international readers may enter, but a $35 gift card will be substituted for their prize if they are chosen as winners.

Ends October 26, 2018

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