Book Beat - Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

Every once in a while, a book comes along that's so fun, you just have to share. Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad is one of those books - as refreshing as the strawberry sundaes its heroine craves.

It's refreshing to read a historical where ladies wear hats instead of bonnets. It's refreshing to read a novel set at a lake resort in Iowa in 1895. But most of all, it's refreshing because of Marguerite Westing.

Marguerite is rich and spoiled and prone to lying to get her own way - and yet you can't help but love her. She runs - no, "steps lively" - when others stroll. She loves astronomy, not a proper pursuit for a proper young lady. And she falls in love with sailing, a most unseemly activity indeed. She's witty and impulsive and cares deeply for those around her.

And she's trapped in more than a corset. She's being courted by a boring, self-absorbed man who may have a sinister side - and circumstances may force her to marry the cad. Meanwhile, she meets dreamy sailing instructor, Trip Andrews, who awakens her love of sailing - and other pleasant emotions. Trip is trying to prove himself to his rigid father, and the last thing he needs is Marguerite. Or so he thinks...

Mrs. Seilstad truly makes waves in her debut novel. She writes delicious humor and swoony romance - but still makes you think about honesty and obligations. Her research shines without blinding you. This is the first in the Lake Manawa Summers series, and I can't wait for the next two books.

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