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Though Waters Roar: A Novel

Though Waters Roar: A Novel

Written by Lynn Austin

Narrated by Pam Turlow


Though Waters Roar: A Novel

Written by Lynn Austin

Narrated by Pam Turlow

ratings:
4.5/5 (27 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
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Released:
Sep 10, 2009
ISBN:
9781608145768
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Harriet Sherwood has always adored her grandmother. But when Harriet decides to follow in her footsteps to fight for social justice, she certainly never expected her efforts to land her in jail. Nor did she expect her childhood enemy and notorious school bully, Tommy O'Reilly, to be the arresting officer. Languishing in a jail cell, Harriet has plenty of time to sift through the memories of the three generations of women who have preceded her. As each story emerges, the strength of her family – and their deep faith in the God of justice and righteousness – brings Harriet to the discovery of her own goals and motives for pursuing them.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 10, 2009
ISBN:
9781608145768
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

I’m often asked if I’ve always wanted to be a writer. The short answer is, “No.” I was never the type of kid who always had her nose in a book or who wrote stories in her journal every night by lamplight. I was too busy living in my imagination all day like the little boy with the stuffed tiger in the cartoon “Calvin and Hobbes.” I would imagine wild, dramatic stories wherever I went.After attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan for three years, I married my husband Ken, and completed my degree in psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. Then we set off on a real-life adventure, living in Bogota, Colombia for two years where I taught 4th grade in a Colombian school and Ken performed in the symphony orchestra. With no TV and plenty of time to read, I became an avid reader for the first time in my life. That’s when I began to dream of writing the kind of books I loved—books that made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think.The demands of our growing family postponed my writing career until Ken’s work took us to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was during those long Canadian winters at home with my children that I finally started carving out a few hours of writing time each day while they napped. The moment I started writing, I discovered how much fun it was to use my imagination again and create wonderful characters and stories. I was hooked! As my children grew, I returned to teaching and learned to squeeze in writing time amid the busyness of family life. For eleven years, I studied how to craft good fiction, and endured all the ups and downs of trying to get published. My first novel was finally published in 1995—and it was the same book I had started writing during naptime: Gods and Kings. It evolved into a five-book series, Chronicles of the Kings.While researching this series, I had a chance to pursue one of my “bucket list” dreams, volunteering on an archaeological dig. My son Joshua and I traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in a month-long dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience not only provided background information for the Chronicles, it also inspired my novel Wings of Refuge.In 1992 I decided it was time to resign from teaching to write full-time. Since then I’ve published twenty-four novels and one non-fiction book, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked. Eight of my novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction, and I was honored to be named to the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013. Fire by Night was one of only five inspirational novels 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. My novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. She received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.Our children are now grown and I’m experiencing the joy of grandchildren. Ken and I live in Western Michigan where the woods and beaches of Lake Michigan inspire me every day.


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  • (5/5)
    Lynn Austin can write! I completed this 428 page book and sighed with satisfaction. Her characters are well-rounded, flawed people; I make connections to each one and anxiously turn the page to find out what will happen next. The plot is a series of jigsaw pieces, carefully put into place until a satisfactory picture emerges.The theme is one of relationships between mothers and daughters as well as husbands and wives, while the setting spans four generations of U.S. history. Read this one. You won't be disappointed.
  • (4/5)
    I liked this book. The characters are inspirational. It is the story of three generations of women and how they each lived their lives by their faith. However, I really thought that some of the characters need to be more developed, especially Harriet's great grandmother. Still all in all, I recommend it as an inspirational read.
  • (4/5)
    "Though Waters Roar" tells the story of four generations of a family's women. It opens with Harriet sitting in jail and wondering how she got there. All we know is that somehow she's broken the Prohibition law, a cause for which her grandmother worked for decades. To figure it out, Harriet takes a mental tour of their lives, going back to the day her grandmother was born in 1848.This novel presents wonderful images of strong women. Harriet's great-grandmother supported abolition and helped slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Her grandmother, whose story forms the heart of the book, worked for prohibition after seeing what alcohol did to her weak but beloved husband. Harriet's mother, Lucy, surprises everyone by turning from a socialite into a suffragette. Their strong faith guides these women, though Harriet is just starting on that path. I hope Lynn Austin writes a sequel, because I'd love to see what cause Harriet feels led to support. Civil rights, perhaps?This would be a great book for teenage girls, as well as adults.
  • (3/5)
    Though Waters Roar is a novel that addresses social issues, such as slavery, Prohibition and the suffrage movement, in a tasteful and interesting manner. Austin delivers a great read with this novel that contains endearing tales and also a look into what life was like, especially for women, in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Although the way in which the storyline progresses can at times be confusing, the overall tale that is spun is very intriguing. Spine-tingling and thrilling are not necessarily how I would describe this story, but it was hard to put down nonetheless. The characters face obstacles and issues in their lives that I'm certain most readers will connect with at some level. And although their choices are not always wise we, as the reader, have the benefit of learning from their errors. Each of the main characters have qualities and characteristics that are admirable, but they also have some that are not so attractive, just like we all do; which makes them that much more believable. The theme of reliance on God is very apparent throughout the generations of families that are brought to life in this narrative, and while not extremely overt, it is definitely recognizable. The other theme that leaps out at me from the pages of this book is that of the human nature to always do what pleases our own selves. This attitude is certainly not glorified in this story, but it is an integral part of the storyline, showing the error of living one's life solely with this mindset.A definite thumbs up for this book!
  • (3/5)
    Typically I don't like Christian fiction, especially the type aimed at women. Though I am a Christian myself, most of the time I find the stories saccharin sweet and completely unbelievable. This book has some of those moments. There are times when I can;t simply believe that someone is that naive. But those moments are few, and the core story that emerges is a sweet remembrance of character driven ladies, who refused to be shaped by their times and circumstances. Reminiscing while in jail the heroine picks apart her life and the lives of her matriarchs and draws strength from the wells of their faith and perseverance and well as discovers the value of her own. It's a story about resistance in trouble times when the status quo seems to be everything but what the Lord would have you to do. A good read.
  • (3/5)
    I very much enjoyed the story line. The narration confused me sometimes because I would forget the story had moved to a new character, so I would think it was still BB speaking. I like that this book touched on several historical events. I would have liked to see it explore some in more detail though, like seeing Hannah get more involved in the underground railroad. The historic events were skimmed over.
  • (5/5)
    Lynn Austin is one of the most talented authors in the Christian fiction business today. I have read a number of her Biblical fiction offerings and loved them. Though Waters Roar is the first historical novel I have read by her, but it reinforces that she is a must-read author. A multi-generational saga set against the backdrop of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Though Waters Roar explores the role of women in the political events of the times while creating a very personal story of survival, sacrifice and love. This book is a 5-star read! Exceptional!The stories of four generations of women are told in this well-researced narrative. History comes alive through the eyes and actions of Hannah, Bebe, Lucy and Harriet. Told in first person and third person accounts, Though Waters Roar shows the impact of women on various social causes such as abolition, temperance, and sufferage. The stories become personal as Hannah hides runaway slaves on a stop on the Underground Railway, Bebe lifts up hymns and prayers in front of saloons and Lucy wields her charms to influence politicians to vote for extension of women’s rights. The bulk of the story is Bebe’s, a woman who fights against society and her own inclinations to keep her family afloat in difficult times. Harriet grows up hearing the stories of her courageous family and yearns to make a difference too. Austin also weaves a faith message throughout the story, a message of dependence and obedience to God. As the women struggle with their own desires, their focus becomes God’s call for His will above all else.Though Waters Roar is filled with historical events and personages, yet feels like a story told by your grandmother. These characters lived history making this story very, very real for the reader. I cannot say enough about this book — it is a must-read I would recommend to anyone. I listened to the audio version and the reader was excellent. She did a great job of becoming the voices of ordinary women who attempt the extraordinary.Highly Recommended.Audience: older teens and adults.Great for book clubs.(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
  • (4/5)
    I do wish I could give this book a higher rating, especially since I enjoyed it so much until... (there be spoilers below)Harriet told of how her grandmother Bebe left her alcoholic husband and her mother (Hannah) hardly let her stay with her, much less give her a shoulder to cry on. Hannah's "saintly" behavior was horrible, and I just HATED HER, and I totally lost my respect for Bebe and Harriet since they continued to look up to and emulate Hannah. I feel like she turned ME out into the cold. Ugh.Which is a shame, because the book does cover my favorite time period and many interesting historical events and issues.
  • (4/5)
    As twenty-year old Harriet Sherwood sits in jail, she ponders the irony that she has been arrested for transporting liquor at the advent of Prohibition, the very cause her grandmother has advocated for more than forty years.Lynn Austin skillfully weaves a multi-generational tale set between 1848-1920 introducing us to Hannah, Beatrice, Lucy & Harriet, their choices and the resulting challenges facing them throughout their lives. Set amidst the national themes of Anti-slavery, Civil War, the Temperance movement, and finally Women’s Suffrage, the attitudes and expectations of men toward women may surprise those unstudied in America’s history. Each woman’s attitude and reaction toward their situation is compelling and varied. The book is particularly powerful in its faith message of turning to and trusting in God during desperate times of trial. When Beatrice leaves her alcoholic husband, her mother firmly counsels her to return and fight for him, through prayer, for God to help her husband overcome his weakness. Beatrice is reminded that her marriage was a vow made before God for better and worse, and that times of trial do not mean quitting and giving up. In today’s casualness of marriage and vows, Lynn Austin’s characters demonstrate to the modern woman how to turn to God for strength in seemingly impossible moments. The rest of the counsel might surprise and anger you, as it did Beatrice, but in following Beatrice through her journey, we recognize the strength and power within ourselves that comes by allowing God to work within us to change our circumstances through His will. As each character discovers this is not an easy choice, but a difficult, daily, conscience decision worth making.Other themes include the relationship between mother and daughter, social classes, marriage, love, business. Characters demonstrate that making the right decision is often the more difficult path to follow. The author does not ignore her characters weaknesses, but allows them to learn from their mistakes. The reader shares their love, frustration, anger, and other emotions as they share their lives. The trials faced by each character are similar to current situations we all face today.
  • (2/5)
    Though Waters Roar is a historic novel about generations of women in America fighting in their respective times to protect runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, to abolish the sale of alcohol during Prohibition and to pass an amendment for the Women’s Suffrage movement.Personally, I found the subject matter interesting. I enjoy American history and found Lynn Austin’s portrayal of the plight of American women throughout the last century engaging. However, Austin's historical novel is committed entirely to neither plot nor verisimilitude. Her language is simple and her story plain and somewhat predictable; the novel seems as if it were written for the education of junior high students. Apparently, Austin believes the key to a woman's happiness and success are strong Christian faith, hard work, and self respect. With those morals in mind, Austin puts her characters through contrite situations with clear moral imperatives which just happen to take place during historical revolutions.For my taste, Though Water Roars was too didactic and unrealistic and didn't address actual historical events. For the right reader, however, it could be educational and interesting!