Though Waters Roar

Though Waters Roar

by Lynn Austin
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Though Waters Roar 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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Noelene More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen by my women's Christian book club as the feature read a few months ago. WOW! The group dialogue that this story generated laid the foundation for an incredible and touching sharing session. It was enlightening to hear how many women (of various generations) had experiences in their own lives that mirrored those of the characters in this book. Lynn brought these characters to life and the story home, in a very powerful way. There were ten women who read this book together, and on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best you've ever read) gave this book either a 9 or a 10. I think that says it all.
JenM7 More than 1 year ago
The book Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin is written as if it is told by the main character Harriet, but it also travels back in time with remembrances of her Grandma's bravery during the "Great Flood of 1876." Harriet's character develops through her own experiences, but she is able to learn from the experiences her Grandma shares with her. This is a story of helping others, right and wrong, and consequences. Bethany House publishers provided me with a copy of Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin. In return for this book, I get to blog about it and share my opinion.
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Great Read!
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This book was excellent! Another great one by Lynn Austin. She really knows how to capture the readers.
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had only read one Lynn Austin book prior to this one and have to say this has been on my back burner for awhile, even though it did sound interesting. What a great story to show where we as women and our country have came from. Slavery, prohibition, loss, womens rights, etc. This book has a little of it all. Women who start out weak and end up showing their true colors. This was one that I actually marked a lot in and I feel will be a great discussion book. I am so excited about sharing it with the great women in my book club. Keep up the good work Ms Austin, your writing on this book was great. And thank you for bringing a highlight to women and the courage that we too can possess if we add God to the mix.
sumteacher More than 1 year ago
Love the historical context of Austin's novels, and I love her women - strong and opinionated, going against the grain of society at the time. Grandmother Bebe is priceless. I like the way this story is told through multi-generations.
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amykaybec More than 1 year ago
Love Lynn Autin and her historical fiction. Always learn so much Hope they include more of her books to e-books
Rosedale More than 1 year ago
Another great Austin book from the first page and gets better! She gives us so much "meat" in a novel and not a lot of fluff like some Christian fiction -- extremely well written! GREAT JOB Lynne!!
clemmy More than 1 year ago
This book I loved because it pulled all my favorite American history eras into one - and one lovable family too. I love the women in this book. They are strong Christian women who know who they are truly dependent on. Harriet is feisty and intelligent, Lucy is determined and inventive, Bebe is strong and smart, and Hannah is wise and brave. They are all so different but have so much in common at the same time. Hannah, Bebe, and Lucy have all backed causes that were and should still be important to women; holding their homes together, saving others, and the right to vote. I think the other reviews cover the rest suffieciently, so I won't waste time.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, which tells the stories of four generations of women working to make the world a better place. Hannah fought for abolition, her daughter Beatrice (Bebe) worked to get Prohibition passed, Bebe's daughter, Lucy, was a suffragette and Harriet...well, Harriet has a smaller way to make things better. And while the book is mostly about Bebe, we learn a lot about Hannah, Lucy and Harriet, too. And Harriet's path is mostly what keeps the book moving. It opens with her (Harriet) in jail, and most of the book serves to answer the question of exactly why she's there. We learn about the crime she committed early on, but we don't learn why until the last few pages. If you're a fan of historical fiction or strong women, you'll like this. (Note: it's also Christian fiction.) I will definitely be seeking out more of Ms. Austin's books; I love her writing style and her characters.
DorianSD More than 1 year ago
In Though Waters Roar, you will hear of the tale involving three generations of females. Each one swimming against the current in their own way in their circumstances. Through the reminiscing of Harriet as she spends a night in jail after being arrested during Prohibition, we follow the lives of her grandmother Bebe and mother Lucy. Bebe moves from farm life to high society with her marriage. Day by day struggling to stay afloat in their new surrounding she finds her niche in helping the less fortunate much to the chagrin of her hoity toity mother-in-law. Lynn Austin weaves a compelling historical story, focusing on change and the never changing God. While the circumstances in life may bend like a river and "though waters roar" only true change of attitude and contentment can be found with Him.
designgal96 More than 1 year ago
"As I said before, Grandma Bebe never did tell a story in a straight line like the chapters in a book. Following the thread of her sagas was like chasing a startled rabbit through the woods -- you never knew when it was going to turn and head in a new direction." This novel's main character, Harriet, spends the majority of the story reflecting from a jail cell on conversations she's had throughout her life with her mother and grandmother (whom she feels will be particularly disappointed in her reasons for being incarcerated). As she states later in the book, Harriet comes from a long line of heroines that have fought for various causes. She harbors the desire to be a heroine herself, but feels like all the battles have been won by the generations before her. Covering the topics of slavery, the underground railroad, the civil war, alcoholism, depression, prohibition, women's suffrage ... and more, this book spans four generations of women and the struggles they faced in their society and in their marriages. Masterfully woven into their lives is the analogy of water. The beauty of a waterfall reflects the "swept away" feeling of a young couple from two very different lives caught up in love. Unfortunately, the destructive force of water breaking apart a dam - long been beaten against by too much rain ... seems to greatly match the turmoil within the civil war veteran husband. Beautifully done! Along the way, the three generations of women before her have found peace with their circumstances by trusting God to lead them in the right way to help others, and to face their own fears whenever bucking the system became necessary. Harriet has the desire to follow in their footsteps, but does she have the right motivation? And will Tommy O'Reilly help to change her mind about men? (I won't spoil the fun of finding out on your own.) This is a wonderfully written book, and one I would highly recommend to others!
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Harriet Sherwood has a problem. She was arrested for transporting liquor in her grandmother's car. Grandma Bebe, or Beatrice Monroe Garner, just happens to be Roseton, PA's leading champion for Prohibition. Harriet's story unfolds as she reminisces about the irony of her current state. The female side of Harriet's family tree includes strong, determined, and Godly women, and Harriet longs to make the same impact that these ladies did. But how can she, if she is in jail? Harriet knows that Grandma Bebe and the rest of the family will be less than pleased about her situation. Arresting Officer Tommy O'Reilly puts an interesting spin on things too. Turns out Tommy is the bully that a young Harriet stood up to in grade school. Whatever will Harriet do? Can she extricate herself from her situation without causing too much shame for her family? Will she live up to the legacy Grandma Bebe and the others left for her? I love Lynn Austin's books! She tells a wonderful tale, leading the reader through history and the complexities of life, while keeping Biblical principles and priorities in line. I highly recommend this entertaining and stirring story of a young woman who wants to make a difference doing something right.
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Lynn Austin's, Depression based book, Hidden Places is one of my favorite Christian fiction books ever. Though Waters Roar very much reminded me of that book. It was very touching and it was told in a similar fashion with flashbacks to the pasts of strong and determined women. The last book I've read by Ms. Austin, A Proper Pursuit, was okay but this book is going on my keeper shelf right beside Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Hidden Places! It is very seldom that a book makes me cry but this one certainly did. The struggles that all of the women faced, especially Bebe's really pull at your heart. Throughout the book the women struggle with relationships, fighting for equal rights, and most importantly their relationship with God. This is not a short story by any means (430 pages) but I finished it in two sittings. I stayed up well past my bedtime reading 3/4 of it and woke up today eager to read what happened next. If you like history, romance, drama, a great faith message etc. you should read this book. Ms. Austin best works are the ones that span generations like Hidden Places and now this book! I can't wait to see what she comes out with next! She is definitely one of my favorite Christian fiction authors! *Many thanks to Jim @ Bethany House for providing this book for me to review!*
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