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"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 ("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.......

Title : Though Waters Roar
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ISBN : 9780764204968
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Though Waters Roar Reviews

  • Naomi Sarah
    2019-05-19 12:06

    {I'm just rating this four stars instead of five because it's not my favourite Lynn Austin book and I feel that I shouldn't rate every Lynn Austin book five stars, haha.} Anyways, this book... IS GOOD. I reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreally like it, (as that annoyingly catchy ghastly pop song puts it.) IT IS GOOD. Point made. What I loved: 1. HANNAH. Hannah is an AMAZING character and I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING SHE SAYS 100%. My goal in life: To be like Hannah. (Maybe slightly less preachy and slightly more silly, but STILL. SHE'S A ROLE MODEL FOR SURE.) (I agreed with everything she said, so I didn't mind the preaching. I just went, 'Yeah, go on, Hannah. Tell your daughter that.')2. This book is 'preachier' than any of Lynn Austin's other books, I think (maybe together with Candlelight in Darkness), but I didn't care at ALL, because it was the characters teaching EACH OTHER lessons. It was amazing, because I agreed with basically all of the 'preaching' the characters 'preached' to each other, and that does not happen a lot, with me and reading books.3. Bebe is a PRO. And I love her.4. Lucy and Danny's little romance is SOOOO sweet. :-(5. All of it. I enjoyed every page. Harriet and Tommy are SUPER shippable, and everything falls down perfectly.6. Oh, and the action scenes are so good. The flooding disaster was very well written, and LITTLE DANNY IS THE CUTEST THING EVER.7. Hannah taking the slaves into refuge is amazing, by the way. I am so in awe of that woman. I loved that Beatrice was the only one who knew about her doing that. What I didn't like: 1. I don't know, there were SOME BITS in which the writing seemed just a little... too lacklustre? I don't know. It's probably still better than I could do. :-P2. MRS GARNER. Garn her.

  • Olivia
    2019-05-20 11:01

    This is a unique story and that's why I was so unsure what to rate this. I haven't read very many books like this one which I found really nice! To make it easier I'll give all my pros and cons :)Dislikes:-The whole suffrage deal. Okay, I really, really get it folks and I'm not going to start an argument. Grandma Bebe's thoughts on it was a little confusing. Half of the time she thought woman weren't equal and then the other half said they were. While I have nothing against woman voting, I still don't believe the ruckus caused in the past was entirely right. It wasn't about equality, it was about superiority!! At least it sounds that way!-I was disappointed that Hazel's story wasn't really told until the end. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed hearing her's more than her Grandma's. I love the police officer!! (Tim, I think :))-Surely I'm not the only one that thought Bebe should have known more about her husband before marrying. The fact that he was so weak really annoyed me. I know that people make mistakes and that could be what the author was trying to portray. If so then she got her point across well :D-Mrs. Garner. Grr. -Her son. I liked him only toward the end, especially portrayed through his daughters eyes. Now that was tear-worthy.-While there is spirituality in this book, I didn't find it heavy. Prayer is mentioned a lot, but I felt the characters (except Bebe's mother) didn't have a true walk with God.Likes:-Hazel. All through the book it's so fun trying to piece things together. I like her personality and how adamant she is against marriage. Haa!-How many stories were woven into one book. Sometimes it was annoying, but generally it kept the readers attention.-So many good lessons!!-Bebe's brother...Frank?? He should have been in there more :)-The end. It was perfect and satisfying.-The romance was great for a Lynn Austen book. A couple others by her are a little too romantic for my taste, so it was relieving for a change. There is one part that is slightly awkward since she is married, but thankfully the characters dealt with it right.So a good book in an irritating way :D That doesn't even make sense! I still would recommend it, but it might be awhile until I read it again. Pretty long!!

  • Lydia Howe
    2019-06-04 10:07

    Rarely, if ever, has a back cover made me so incredibly interested in a book. This book I picked up at the library, and after reading the blurb I was totally hooked. Then I brought the book home and was promptly disappointed. My disappointment stems mostly from the fact that the book isn't what the back cover led me to believe it was. I thought the story was about the narrator, Harriet, but instead it's about her grandmother, Bebe. Also, the story starts out exceedingly slowly and continues you at that pace for a long time. It took me a couple hundred pages in to finally grasp the fact that this story was only going to tell a few bits and peaces of Harriet's life. After I realized that, I enjoyed the book a lot more. All in all, I thought the book did a good job of capturing the time period, and also the struggles the characters went through. Suffrage and temperance are two subjects I'm obviously familiar with, but it's been a long time since I've read a book that highlighted either one, so that was interesting. I enjoyed the book, but I wasn't blown away by it. I probably wouldn't read a second book in the same series.

  • Jeanie
    2019-05-23 07:57

    Reading brings you to time in history where you can live it in the lives of others even in a fictional historical setting. You learn something that history books cannot obtain, the human emotions and struggles that give you a better appreciation of that time but also a appreciation of the time we are in. Four generations of women, starting in the Civil War and ending in how women have the right to vote. Hannah a mother and wife of a farmer who had a black and white faith. She was a steam engine of faith that affected her daughter Bebe who during her life recalled her mother's example and struggled thru a difficult marriage. Followed by Bebe's daughter Lucy who was more influnenced by her father's mother who followed the Elite society of women but later learned that following Jesus was more fulfulling and her own daughter Harriet thru the generations before her, realized her purpose and God's goodness. The narration was done in a unique way that brought all generations together and how each woman was bound to the other in God's design. I was going to give this book a 3 rating, however, at the very end the author gave such a great lesson in the gospel. That all our good deeds and laws do not change hearts. The law shows how far our hearts are from God. For example the story brings out that after the civil war, drinking was a problem, leaving families without the leadership of the father. To be a good husband and father. Most of the money went to drink instead of the needs of the family. For today that may include gambling and now with the new laws in Colorado and Washington the legalization of pot. In the story and I think even now, christians need to be a voice of the dangers to family and community, however, we need to remember it is not the law that changes but a heart that is broken and has nothing left but the cross to go to. Anything else does not last.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-06 08:01

    I really enjoyed this book, I raced right through it. I thought it had interesting characters and I enjoyed reading about 3 generations of women, who went about helping the causes they believed in in totally different ways. While there were some parts of the book I didn't necessarily agree with I still very much enjoyed reading it.

  • Amy
    2019-06-02 08:58

    This is a story of 4 generations of women. Each of them had unexpected trials in life and had to draw on strength that they did not know they had. Each of them had to give up dreams and work to accept God's will. None of them ended up with the life they expected yet all of them found success and happiness. You might not agree with all of their opinions of missions that they chose. That is not the point of the book. The point of the book is to bloom where you are planted, even when you are uprooted and transplanted from where you wanted to bloom. At least that is what I felt. I have given up a lot and wondered what in the world God has in mind in my life. I identified with the women of this book in different ways. I think you should give this book a try.

  • Chris
    2019-06-12 08:57

    Really enjoyed! And I love the cover.

  • Kim
    2019-05-28 06:42

    I loved this book....the ending sums up life completely. It's not what we stand for, it's how much we love.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-31 07:51

    I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it was a Christian book (and I have a hard time reading those kinds of books because they are usually so preachy and syrupy, which I don't care for). This book is actually a historical fiction with a strong message of faith and grace interwoven throughout the stories. It starts out with Harriet, a willful young woman who was in jail. She recounts her memories of her beloved Grandmother, Bebe, whose story is interwoven throughout the entire book. Harriet's mother, Lucy, has shared her story as well and by the time I got to the end, I was intrigued with the story. I have never read any of Ms. Austin's books before and I will definitely look for her other titles the next time I am out and about.

  • Christy Lockstein
    2019-06-14 07:44

    Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin is a powerful novel of three generations of women fighting to find their place in the world. When Harriet finds herself in jail, she can't help but remember her Grandma Bebe's own time in jail as she fought for various causes during her lifetime. Harriet reflects on her grandmother's life story to try and make sense of how she ended up here. I don't think it's possible for Austin to write a bad story. Every novel she writes sings with history and beauty. You can tell that she has labored to carefully craft every phrase and description. Harriet's wry story-telling keeps the humor in a often devastating tale, and because she refuses to feel sorry for herself, the reader can't help but offer admiration. It's Grandma Bebe's story that carries the day, from fighting her husband's alcoholism to running the family business to helping a city fight cholera, she was on the frontlines of every battle that came her way. Every word, every phrase works to build an unforgettable story.

  • Emily Speller
    2019-06-17 13:05

    This was a really good read, and helped me to understand the importance of having God at the centre of your life and decisions, no matter what amazing things you may acomplish. The main reason why I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars is because it did jump around a bit more than I would have liked, with the narrator's grandmother's life taking up more than half the book. This meant that the ending and explanation about the narrator felt a little rushed while the first half felt dragged out longer than it could've been. But this is a small issue, and on the whole, this book made a good and wholesome read. :) Well worth your time, and you will want to finish it right to the end! :)

  • Allison Anderson Armstrong
    2019-05-29 09:52

    Interesting combination of stories, but the author was not clear on what she thought the role of women should be. Her ideas about the role of women seemed contradictory.

  • Maryann Christiansen
    2019-06-05 08:51

    I loved this book! It was well written and so important to women's issues.

  • Barbara
    2019-06-17 07:07

    In Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin, Harriet Sherwood is a young woman in the early 1900s who has just landed in jail for defying the Prohibition’s liquor laws – but not for the reasons you might think. As she spends the night in jail, she contemplates how ironic it is that she’s there, given that her grandmother spend much of her adult life fighting for Prohibition. Trying to trace how she got to where she is, she reminiscences about the women in her heritage.Her great-grandmother, Hannah, helped hide slaves and smuggle them to the Underground Railroad. Her grandmother, Bebe, stepped out of the conventional role of her new marriage in upper-class society to help those less fortunate, participate in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and fight against “Demon Rum,” landing in jail herself for taking an axe to whiskey barrels. Her mother, Lucy, though having a very different personality and upbringing, eventually stepped out of her shallow lifestyle to try to help others as well. Finding that the means to appeal to civic authorities for needed changes was blocked by those authorities because she was a woman, she fought for women’s right to vote.Harriet “didn’t want to be like my fiery grandmother and end up in jail, any more than I wanted to be a dutiful wife like Mother or a virtuous siren like Alice [her sister]. But how was I supposed to live as a modern woman, born just before the dawn of the twentieth century? What other choices did I have? That’s the question I was endeavoring to answer when I ended up in jail.”The story of Harriet’s ancestors takes up most of the book and is told in flashback. With each mother-daughter pair, the mother tries to teach eternal truths to a daughter not always willing to listen, at least at first. But eventually each finds her own way, and Harriet is reassured that “Someday…God is going to give you a task to do in your own time and place. Then you’ll have to put your faith in Him as you follow your conscience.”I had not known until fairly recently that there were different waves of feminism and that when it first started, it fought for good and necessary ways to help others. It was later on that other agendas and prejudices crept in. So it was interesting to read how this first wave came about. Even in fighting for good causes, though, there were problems with balance in being away from home so much, leaving children to others to raise, and occasionally defying husbands. I don’t think the author is saying those things are necessary or right, but that it’s always a struggle to maintain the right balance. Even Grandma Bebe comes to realize in the end that her life would have been better spent in eternal pursuits.I actually didn’t like Harriet very much, but I think her personality was indicative of both having been left to herself too much and trying to find her way. When she does seem to be finding it and some pieces start to fall together for her, some of the rough edges smooth over.I did enjoy the story and the look into the lives and journeys of the women. I was about to say which one I identified most with, but then found I couldn’t really name one – there was much to glean from and identify with in each woman’s life.

  • Loraine
    2019-06-11 07:03

    Four generations of women in this book: Great Grandma Hannah, Grandma Bebe, Mother Lucy, and Hannah each take on an important issue during their time. They step out of their comfort zone as well as their social class to help God's lesser ones through a problem that arises during their life. Hannah joins the Anti-Slavery Society and helps as part of the Underground Railroad. Bebe becomes involved in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union after seeing the effects of alcohol in her own life. Lucy turns her Women's Club from a party group into a circle to help poor women and children and to fight for women's suffrage after a devastating flood. Hannah becomes one of the women workers during World War I and fights for equality in the workplace. This book brought to life each of the time periods in which the women were involved. The connection that developed between grandmother, mother, daughter as they each fought for a cause that was important to them was wonderful. They had their ups and downs in their relationships and sometimes their families didn't understand the importance of their causes, but that didn't stop them from pursuing what they felt was right. Each of them was dealt a tragedy that brought their desire to fight for rights even closer to their hearts. Characters with good common sense, a will to fight for what is right, and a love for those who weren't granted the "silver spoons" they had been blessed with made this a very encouraging read. FAVORITE QUOTES: (Too many gems to include them all.)"Do you want to know the secret of contentment?....We need to live each day as a gift. God gives us the gift every morning when the sun rises.""When we don't get our own way, and when our live doesn't turn out the way we think it should, we face a choice. We can let bitterness grow or let the love of God grow.""Love isn't always a feeling, sometimes it's a decision."

  • Sara Cardon
    2019-06-01 06:49

    This covers four generations of women and ties everything up beautifully at the end. It starts with the youngest generation, Harriet, but her story is the smallest (since she has so much more living to do and amazing women to follow). Harriet starts in jail with a police officer who is pretty sweet. We learn of her great grandmother helping free slaves. Harriet's grandmother Bebe being swept off her feet by a charming man after the Civil War (the bulk of the story is Bebe's). And Harriet's mother Lucy finding purpose in her life and using her talents. I found Bebe's commitment to her marriage incredible, as well as how hard she worked to master her temper. Bebe's husband had potential. He was pretty pathetic, and I felt bad for him, but mostly felt bad for Bebe. She directs her life well for having limited choices. Again, the ending ties the stories together and leaves things on a positive note.The history covers ending slavery, the Civil War, women's rights, and prohibition - each in ways that ring true for the time period rather than a modern view of it.

  • Lieniitte (Liene)
    2019-06-09 05:04

    I really did enjoy this one! Different and unique, I liked it a lot more than some other books on the same topics and time periods. For one, when a book talks about women's rights etc., finally, FINALLY the author made it clear that women and men are equal, and NOT the same! Made it clear that yes, while women don't have to rely on men for everything and are capable of doing things, women and men still are not the same and women still do need men to save them sometimes, because no one can do absolutely anything they would like to be able to! Men and women are completely equal, yet still different. While that difference wasn't talked about a whole lot in this book, it was for sure mentioned a couple of times and that made me happy enough.I saw in another review that the reader thought that the author was not consistent in saying that women are equal, and then saying we're not. I honestly think that that's not what it was, it was simply showing that EVERYONE, including women, needs help and can't do everything. We are equal, but not the same. I also loved how it was made clear that men are to be respected as the leader of the family, and that men do, indeed, want to be the main breadwinner. It is not something we've been fooled into thinking, it is how God created us, and yes, the man (in most cases) does feel emasculated if he is made to live off his wife's income. This is normal, it is how it is in most cases and it is how God created us and how He told us it is in His Word, the Bible. No, it doesn't mean women shouldn't work or make money. That's a whole different topic. But I loved that that was talked about in this book, especially in Lucy's story. I feel that topic was at least mentioned, and I am often frustrated with other books that try to teach something completely different. Anyway, I had very high expectations for this book from what I'd been told. And it was great, just there are others by Austin that spoke to me much more. Might be because of timing for me to read a book on this topic. I'm a bit tired of books dealing with women's rights. Don't get me wrong, books like this where the whole thing is more or less about it are great. But because lately every single book deals with it, I am just tired of the topic. Not every book that has any historical aspect in it has to deal with it, yet somehow I can't recall many books at all where it's not at least mentioned and in so many of them it's one of the subplots. Yes, it's a great thing in history, great accomplishments were made in the time period of this book. Of course! This book isn't at fault, it was very well done. I've just read about it too much recently and I went into this one without knowing what the topic would be. Had I known, I might have waited a while more to read it and could have enjoyed it more than I did. Even so, it was a really good one and Lynn Austin shines again with her creation of unique characters! Every single one was different and felt real. I always love how Austin gets into the mind of a character so fully and seems to really know how each person would act in any given situation.

  • Susan
    2019-06-16 07:04

    I love Lynn Austin books and this one was excellent. It was a little confusing trying to figure out which time line I was in since the main character Harriet was thinking about when her Grandma told her stories so then you would be back even farther. But I loved thinking about what it was like for those who helped the slaves and I could easily relate to Grandma Bebe. And to think of all the progress women have made but not all of it good as now we have more power than we should. Meaning men should be the providers and protectors. But of course women can still work and that is fine, just wondering where to draw the line. Because as a mother, I can't do it all - work, clean house, cook, guide children etc.

  • Keatley
    2019-05-21 10:53

    Austin weaves together the abolition, temperance, and suffrage movements through the stories of 4 different generations of powerful women in a way that was inspiring and captivating. Though the book was a little bit evangelical, it wasn't obnoxiously so, and it was historical enough that I actually learned something. Of course, I learned about the temperance movement in school, but I had never thought about it as empowering desperate women, but it makes sense - in fact the whole movement makes more sense now. The suffrage movement seemed a little glossed over for me - I would have enjoyed getting more in depth into that and that character's story (no spoilers) but I definitely recommend it.

  • Cindi
    2019-06-04 06:42

    Another excellent book by Lynn Austin. The characters are true-to-life and their personalities really stand out. I love how the story covers several generations of women. I think Bebe was my favorite character although I don't think I could have been nearly as strong as her with all that she endured. I must say that all of the women were inspiring and truly encouraged me to stand firm with what I believe and trust in the Lord and His timing.I recommend this novel to historical fiction lovers as well as anyone who enjoys a well-written story filled with hope.

  • Rachel Day
    2019-05-22 06:56

    Once again, Austin doesn't disappoint. Of course, this is only the second novel I've read of hers, but the second one in a month. This, along with Waves of Mercy, were page-turners. I can't wait to read another one of her novels. I just love the way she brings her characters to life. You really begin to feel as though you know them, and her ability to make you ponder on your own family relationships by writing about her characters' family relationships is probably why I'm enjoying her novels so much. Family is, and always has been, very important to me.

  • Fay Fawcett
    2019-05-28 12:04

    Such a beautiful story. The beginning is in 1848 and runs through 3 generations of a family. Mostly the women and foremost Bebe who is the grandmother who's love of God has carried her through all sorts of troubles and end with the women's vote. I could go on and tell you the story, but you all need this adventure.

  • Jill Twigg
    2019-06-05 10:39

    I Loved this story of three generations of women and their trials. Bebe dealing with her hateful mother in-law wanted me to reach inside the book and smack her (mother Garner), but seeing how she dealt with her was inspiring. That was just one of many life and biblical lessons of this book. Really joyed it! And will definitely be looking for other Lynn Austin books.

  • Craig Daniel
    2019-06-15 04:52

    I liked other books by Lynn. This one was very preachy. Although this was about several generations of related women, the men were very distant and seemed to have very little effect in their lives. Many situations didn't fit. Worth reading.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-07 10:42

    I took this out of the library because I was in a bit of a rush and now have read my first ever Christian book. An odd experience. The story was intriguing, I loved the historical bits and the history of the women's movement etc. But so much religion.

  • Kw
    2019-06-18 11:00

    An interesting look at the struggle for women's right to vote and other issues of the time, but the story fell flat for me. I've been spoiled by Lynn Austin's other books, which are mostly magnificent. Still, I'm glad I read this and I will continue to read anything I can find by this author.

  • Brooke
    2019-06-16 06:51

    Lynn Austin is a very popular Christian historical romance author, (although this book is more a saga I think) and I can understand why. This should make for a a very interesting conversation about life's purpose, class distinction, laws of the land, and charity.

  • Marije Van
    2019-06-11 09:08

    Fijn boek.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-18 06:03

    Really liked this book. I love when it tells the story of someone's life.

  • Mary
    2019-06-03 12:04

    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. This book is excellent. She weaves three generations of women into one story. I really enjoyed this book