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.

  • Deanne Patterson

    The Refiner's Fire Series by Lynn Austin was the best book series I've ever read. I read the books in the series as soon as they released and the stories have stayed with me. I remember how impressed with the books in the series I was and still am. This series just may top it! Some author's change their writing style with the more books they release, not so with this author. If anything her writing style just continues to improve. She gives us a glimpse into the life of Anna Nicholson, a young s

    The Refiner's Fire Series by Lynn Austin was the best book series I've ever read. I read the books in the series as soon as they released and the stories have stayed with me. I remember how impressed with the books in the series I was and still am. This series just may top it! Some author's change their writing style with the more books they release, not so with this author. If anything her writing style just continues to improve. She gives us a glimpse into the life of Anna Nicholson, a young socialite. Engaged to a wealthy young man, William she plays the part of happy fiancee but she's really not. This young woman was adopted as a very young child when her mother was killed in a boating accident. Anna is on a mission to find out all she can about her birth mother. The more she delves into family secrets the more complicated it becomes. Sometimes what you uncover from hidden secrets can have devastating consequences. Even though she has grown up rich with her adoptive parents does she really fit in with the gossips? Is the opulence what she even really wants in life? A compassionate story, Austin weaves a masterful story of profound faith and overcoming weakness in the darkest times with faith,love and forgiveness.

    Pub Date 02 Oct 2018

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and their Bloggers Program. Thank you All opinions expressed are my own.

  • 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 Grzy

    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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  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    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.

  • Joleen

    by

    : Holland, Michigan and Chicago

    : 1897

    : Engaged to a man she doesn’t love

    : Seminary student, drawn to Anna

    : Anna’s grandmother she just met

    : 17 year old Geesje took in, new to America

    : Cornelia’s bitter grandfather, pastor from Holland

    : Anna’s fiancé

    : William’s angry ex-girlfriend intent on revenge

    In the first book,

    , Anna l

    by

    : Holland, Michigan and Chicago

    : 1897

    : Engaged to a man she doesn’t love

    : Seminary student, drawn to Anna

    : Anna’s grandmother she just met

    : 17 year old Geesje took in, new to America

    : Cornelia’s bitter grandfather, pastor from Holland

    : Anna’s fiancé

    : William’s angry ex-girlfriend intent on revenge

    In the first book,

    , Anna learned her real mother sacrificed her own life as they were drowning in a terrible storm by handing Anna (then 3) to a man, begging him to save her baby. The man and his wife were childless, so eventually adopted Anna. Memories and dreams of Dutch words and a terrifying fear of boats made no sense to her until she was finally told by her parents what had happened.

    An engaged woman now, and through a fluke just met her grandmother (Oma), Anna is working with Pinkerton agents to uncover what happened to her birth mother. Also, to get ahead of possible scandal, Anna must find out who her father is, and if her birth parents were married. Society dictated there should be no illegitimacy in a prospective spouse if entering political service, which her fiancé was. Rumors were flying and Anna needed proof.

    Derk was a seminary student and an employee for the hotel Anna vacationed at the past summer. They developed a friendship leading to many wonderful discussions about Christ, causing Anna’s faith to increase. She wanted to have that in common with her fiancé, who wanted none of it.

    Part of the story is told from Anna’s perspective dealing with her wedding, a jealous bitter woman intent on destroying Anna’s fiancé, missing Derk, but knowing she’s obligated to marry William.

    The other part is told from her Oma’s perspective (Geesje) as she takes in a young woman, Cornelia, an immigrant from Holland, who simply wants to die. Her grandfather, a Dutch pastor (Dominie), brought her to America for a fresh start after her whole family died in a fire.

    The "mercy" from the title is quite an issue as Dominie Den Herder, an angry man of the law instead of grace, of judgment instead of mercy, makes Cornelia feel like she’s ruined both of their lives.

    A poignant word from Geesje caps it off completely:

    And how Geesje shared with Cornelia how to forgive both her grandfather and a man who abused her in Holland:

    This two-book series was so different from other books by this author. As far as I know she’s never written about immigrants or Dutch communities. Different, but very, very good.

  • 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.)

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