Legacy of Mercy

Legacy of Mercy

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...

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Title:Legacy of Mercy
Author:Lynn Austin
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Legacy of Mercy Reviews

  • Maddy

    I loved this book so much. I haven’t read many historical books in first person, but this one fit it perfectly.

    The book shares the stories of two characters : Anna and her grandma, Geesje. So much happened for both of them, and I loved seeing how it all fell into place. Anna’s story was probably my favorite, though I also really enjoyed Geesje’s. Cornelia was such a sweet and gentle character, and I loved hearing about her story as well. You can’t help but just love these characters.

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    I loved this book so much. I haven’t read many historical books in first person, but this one fit it perfectly.

    The book shares the stories of two characters : Anna and her grandma, Geesje. So much happened for both of them, and I loved seeing how it all fell into place. Anna’s story was probably my favorite, though I also really enjoyed Geesje’s. Cornelia was such a sweet and gentle character, and I loved hearing about her story as well. You can’t help but just love these characters.

    For a good portion of the book, Anna is looking for her birth dad. I loved getting to read about her search and having it leading up to finding her mother’s diary with Derk. There was always something happening, and I never quite knew how it was all going to turn out. The ending was just perfect, and tied everything together wonderfully.

    I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it. Engagements are broken and truths of the past are revealed. I enjoyed every minute of this book.

  • Kristina Seleshanko

    Although I love to read, I don't believe I've ever read a novel in two days. But despite my crazy schedule and the fact that doing so meant I had to stay up WAY too late, I read "Legacy of Mercy" in just two sittings. I felt compelled to keep reading because it's just THAT GOOD. This novel moved me repeatedly and is a great reminder of the importance of mercy in our lives. Highly recommended.

  • Kelli

    I couldn't put this book down! A wonderful sequel to waves of Mercy! I especially love how the author uses scenarios that are familiar for any human, using stories of broken hearts, unforgiveness, bitterness, gossip, and so many others to teach and remind me of what the Bible teaches. I am from the town where part of the book takes place, and I love the descriptions of how the town was over 100 years ago.

    Another great book that I will read and reread from Lynn Austin!

  • Maureen Timerman

    As I was reading this I realized that this was the second book in this series and I had not read the first one, that being said, I was not lost, enough information was given that I was able to enjoy this read.

    Through the author’s pen we are given an insight into the Word of God and how it applies to everyday life, and we soon see how hard it is for the rich to give up and follow.

    Yes, this is a different time, but it could apply to today, and as I was reading this story we put faces on those with

    As I was reading this I realized that this was the second book in this series and I had not read the first one, that being said, I was not lost, enough information was given that I was able to enjoy this read.

    Through the author’s pen we are given an insight into the Word of God and how it applies to everyday life, and we soon see how hard it is for the rich to give up and follow.

    Yes, this is a different time, but it could apply to today, and as I was reading this story we put faces on those with much and those who readily share all that they have. Opulence in excess, and then poverty that makes you want to turn you head, but not your heart.

    I found myself wanting get to the end of this book, for answers, but not wanting to leave, and now wanting to spend more time with these characters,

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Sarah Grace

    This is the first Lynn Austin novel I have read, and I have to say, I was greatly impressed!

    Despite this being book two in a series, I was able to jump right into the story without any confusion and still be just as attached to the characters, despite not knowing their complete story. I quickly fell in love with the beautiful and realistic characters in this story. While I loved Anna, I had a hard time relating to her based on the decisions she made, so I have to say I loved Geesje's storyline

    This is the first Lynn Austin novel I have read, and I have to say, I was greatly impressed!

    Despite this being book two in a series, I was able to jump right into the story without any confusion and still be just as attached to the characters, despite not knowing their complete story. I quickly fell in love with the beautiful and realistic characters in this story. While I loved Anna, I had a hard time relating to her based on the decisions she made, so I have to say I loved Geesje's storyline better. She's just such a beautiful character, and I can't wait to go back and read book one to learn more about her. I also loved Cornelia's character, and the storyline between her and her grandfather was incredibly touching and inspiring!

    The story was very interesting, and while I expected to be bored, I wasn't at all. There was not one time I wasn't invested in the story and anxious to see what would happen next. I particularly loved all the historical detail Austin includes in her story. For example, a little-known fact is that on the day of the Great Chicago Fire, massive fires broke out all over the state of Michigan and caused an incredible amount of damage to large portions of the state and destroyed much of Michigan's timber, known as "green gold" for its great value. I appreciated how Austin included this information along with the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Also, I found it very interesting to be reading about Holland, MI, as I have frequently been there, so to learn some of the history of it was fascinating for me.

    All in all, I greatly enjoyed this beautiful novel by Lynn Austin, and look forward to reading the first book, and more from this talented historical author! Highly recommended!

    CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 16+ for mild romance and mentions of illegitimate births and domestic abuse.

    FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars

    Somehow I missed the fact that Legacy of Mercy was the sequel to Waves of Mercy, so I got to discover the connection as I began reading. Imagine my delight to be reunited with Anneke, Derk, and Geesje! I have always wished for more to this story, and now I was given a conclusion that made my heart happy. However, if you haven’t yet read Waves of Mercy, the author does a nice job of summing it up in the first few pages of this next book.

    Anneke (Anna) is caught in an impossible situation

    4.5 stars

    Somehow I missed the fact that Legacy of Mercy was the sequel to Waves of Mercy, so I got to discover the connection as I began reading. Imagine my delight to be reunited with Anneke, Derk, and Geesje! I have always wished for more to this story, and now I was given a conclusion that made my heart happy. However, if you haven’t yet read Waves of Mercy, the author does a nice job of summing it up in the first few pages of this next book.

    Anneke (Anna) is caught in an impossible situation in several areas of her life. While learning more about her birth mother opened her heart in new ways – including a relationship with Jesus – it also exposed her to more vulnerability as she struggles to join her two worlds. Her birth mother’s life is shunned by Anna’s society circles, and living out her fledgling faith isn’t easy among people who care more about appearances than loving the least of these. While my heart ached for Anna and the hard life lessons she’s forced to learn in Legacy of Mercy, I also loved the journey that Austin took her on in the process. Additionally, Anna’s continued search for information about her birth father – which takes her down a path of potential scandals and long buried secrets – had me riveted to the page as new leads surfaced only to take unexpected turns.

    Back in Michigan, we get to spend lots of time with Geesje (though it’s never enough because I love her so much) and her steady wisdom and big heart. As God brings two wounded souls into her life, we get to see her ‘tough love’ side as never before and oh what we could all learn from her. When to correct and when just to love. As my friend Katie said, “oh, that we could all have a Geesje in our lives!”

    Bottom Line: Austin’s writing is always impeccable, and Legacy of Mercy is no exception. There’s so much more I wanted to talk about in this review but didn’t, for sake of avoiding spoilers. However, if you have read this book too and want to chat with me about it, I still have a lot to gush over haha! More than the great characters, spot-on characterization, and vivid setting & time, though, is the gentle message of mercy that manifests as both a legacy and a fresh start. More than once, it had me in tears, so touched was I by the events unfolding on the page and the embrace of mercy on their lives. If you’re a fan of stories that linger with you, make sure you add this book to your TBR list!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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  • Staci

    Legacy of Mercy is the second and final book in the Waves of Mercy series. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first novel, Waves of Mercy, it was well done and I loved the characters.

    The mystery about Anna's birth parents was fun to unravel. There was one spoiler line about the birth father, but not a huge impact because it was pretty clear who it would be at that point.

    I so loved Oma, Anna's birth grandmother. New to Legacy of Mercy was Cornelia and her grandfather. They just arrived

    Legacy of Mercy is the second and final book in the Waves of Mercy series. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first novel, Waves of Mercy, it was well done and I loved the characters.

    The mystery about Anna's birth parents was fun to unravel. There was one spoiler line about the birth father, but not a huge impact because it was pretty clear who it would be at that point.

    I so loved Oma, Anna's birth grandmother. New to Legacy of Mercy was Cornelia and her grandfather. They just arrived from The Netherlands and had several issues to work though.

    I highly recommend this two book historical series.

  • Jamie

    I can’t remember the last time I wanted a sequel more, than after reading Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy. I’m so glad so many people requested more to Anna’s story and even more so that Lynn wrote one!

    I thought the sequel went along well with the original story line and characters’ personalities and actions. I enjoyed what Lynn did with the story and the historical lane she took readers through. I loved getting to connect again with Geesje and Holland, Michigan. Austin also touches on different th

    I can’t remember the last time I wanted a sequel more, than after reading Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy. I’m so glad so many people requested more to Anna’s story and even more so that Lynn wrote one!

    I thought the sequel went along well with the original story line and characters’ personalities and actions. I enjoyed what Lynn did with the story and the historical lane she took readers through. I loved getting to connect again with Geesje and Holland, Michigan. Austin also touches on different themes that are just as important today. If you’re a fan of Lynn Austin and historical fiction, don’t miss out on this one!

    (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)

  • Eva

    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors and while

    wasn't my favorite of her books, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

    WHAT I LIKED

    -Anna/Anneke was a wonderful main character. I loved her gentle, caring spirit and her determination to discover the truth about her past. Geesje (how do you pronounce her name?) was also a great character, though I preferred the chapters from Anna's point of view.

    -Can I just marry Derk? Love, love, love him. I kept imagining him as Michael Huisman (as he

    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors and while

    wasn't my favorite of her books, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

    WHAT I LIKED

    -Anna/Anneke was a wonderful main character. I loved her gentle, caring spirit and her determination to discover the truth about her past. Geesje (how do you pronounce her name?) was also a great character, though I preferred the chapters from Anna's point of view.

    -Can I just marry Derk? Love, love, love him. I kept imagining him as Michael Huisman (as he appears in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie) so that was definitely a plus.

    -I liked Anna's search for the truth about her parents and loved how that whole subplot tied up!

    -Love the romance. For a bit I was worried that Lynn Austin wouldn't wrap it up the way I wanted but she totally did.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    -This book didn't grab my heart the way so many other Lynn Austin books have done. But it totally might work for you!

    -As I kinda mentioned before, Geesje's point of view wasn't my favorite.

    Overall, fans of Christian historical romance will probably love this book.

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