Legacy of Mercy
by Lynn Austin (Author)
About the Book:
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 find the 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.
At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands 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 haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.
This book rips your heart out, stomps on it a few times, and then puts it back. Legacy of Mercy is a beautiful, heart-felt story! Another amazing work by Lynn Austin. Anna’s story couldn’t have ended more perfectly. This book combines everything we love and have come to expect from this talented author.
If you haven’t read Waves of Mercy, I recommend you start with that one first. Legacy of Mercy picks up where the first one left off, continuing Anna, Geejse, and Derk’s story, so it wouldn’t work well as a stand-alone. There would be too much of the story that you would miss. Legacy of Mercy gives us the story of Christine, Geejse’s wayward daughter.
This book deals with some difficult subject matters such as attempted suicide, sexual and physical abuse, and teen pregnancy. It takes these characters through some heart-breaking moments—some so crushing you wonder if they can ever recover from the weight of them. This is a historical drama for the mature reader. Some subject matters may be too distressing for younger or more sensitive readers to comprehend.
Sometimes, God allows us to go through difficult things, so that we may learn from them and be able to help someone else during their time of need. This is the “legacy of mercy” that we can pass to others. God brings a young woman into Geejse’s life who needs her help, but Cornelia’s protective grandfather keeps getting in the way. Through it all, God’s guiding hand is ever-present, even through the darkest moments. As Cornelia’s and Christine’s story unfolds, it reveals the importance of true love from both our Heavenly father and of those closest to us. As it did in Waves of Mercy, this story again reminds us the importance of marrying the right person. Anna is convinced she needs to marry her wealthy beau, but at what cost? What sacrifices would she be forced to make? Is it worth it? This story is a genuine nail-biter!
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those who love historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and stories that remind us of God’s amazing grace and the Legacy of Mercy he gives us.
About the Author:
For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband’s work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she’d earned at Hope College and Southern Connecticut State University to work as a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.
Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother, and daughter concerning the change in women’s roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve’s Daughters.
Along with reading, two of Lynn’s lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published 27 novels. Eight of her historical novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction: Hidden Places (2001), Candle in the Darkness (2002), Fire by Night (2003), A Proper Pursuit (2007), Until We Reach Home (2008), Though Waters Roar (2009) While We’re Far Apart (2010), and Wonderland Creek (2011). She was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005.