Making Waves is a delightful debut historical novel about a unique time and place in American history, with a spunky, unorthodox heroine.
Marguerite Westing is thrilled to discover that her family will spend the last summer of her freedom camping at Lake Manawa, Iowa. Soon she will have to marry the insufferably boring Roger Gordon. Her mother has decided. But the lake spells freedom, and Marguerite, who already is an avid amateur astronomer, now sets her sights on learning to sail, even though it is absolutely not done by a woman in 1895–or by anyone who can’t swim. That doesn’t stop Marguerite, who claims both that she can swim and that she is chaperoning her younger brother in his desire to sail. One lie leads to another until Marguerite finds herself unable to come clean with sailing captain and instructor Trip Andrews–a man she shouldn’t be falling in love with. Surely her daddy will rescue her from Roger. He always lets her have her way, but this time, the situation may be over his head.
In this novel, the characters discover what happens when you let lies infiltrate your life, whether they are small white lies, or big black ones. Either kind can add up–and are wrong in God’s sight. Does that theme make this novel heavy and didactic? Not at all! Seilstad’s writing style and optimistic heroine keep the pace light and entertaining.
Lorna Seilstad is a history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in and draws her setting from Iowa. This is her first novel.