Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

I have enjoyed several of Lynn Austin's books and was excited to review her newest title, Though Waters Roar.

The year is 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment has just been passed into law, and the book begins with Harriet in a jail cell for having cases of bootleg liquor in the backseat of her car. The reader is curious and knows there must be more to the story...

Thus, Harriet begins to share the story of her grandmother...


"Thank goodness you're such a plain child. You'll have to rely on your wits."

So went the words of Grandma Bebe. And for all of my growing-up years, I scoffed at the beauty of my sister and what I saw as her meaningless existence. But my wits hadn't served me well in this instance, for here I was, in jail. And while I could have seen it as carrying on the family tradition (for Grandma Bebe landed in jail for her support of Prohibition), the truth is, my reasons for being here would probably break her heart.

So how did I end up becoming a criminal? I've been pondering that question all night. Perhaps the best way to search for an answer is to start at the very beginning.

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.

432 pages by Bethany House.

Many thanks to Lynn and Bethany House, through CFBA, for allowing me to review Though Waters Roar!

You can read the first two chapters of Though Waters Roar, below:

Though Waters Roar

Recommend: YES (for now)! Unfortunately, my review copy didn't come in time for me to finish before the tour. So far, I'm enjoying the book. If I finish, and that changes, I'll edit! :-)

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