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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 better left hidden.
At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God's purpose for her life isn't as simple as she had hoped.
When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje's been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.
Austin's phenomenal sequel to Waves of Mercy, set in late-19th-century Chicago, deals with timeless conflicts of love, grief, and forgiveness. When 23-year-old Anna Nicholson's mother drowns on the Ironsides in lake Michigan, Anna is adopted by the man who rescued her from the sinking ship and his wife. Raised in opulence and now engaged to a wealthy financier, Anna's life seems to be complete, but she yearns to discover the origins of her birth and to explore her faith (although her friends aren't receptive to her searching). After a visit with her maternal grandmother, she returns to Chicago and employs the Pinkerton Agency to look into her family legacy. Her parents are wary about what may be uncovered. Her father is depending on Anna's impending marriage to the heir of a wealthy Chicago family to shore up his own precarious financial situation, while her mother is anxious to ingratiate herself in the social circle that Anna's engagement has opened for her; a scandal could jeopardize their plans. Varying points of view, well-placed clues, and an interesting subplot about Anna's grandmother welcoming Dutch immigrants to Michigan keeps the story interesting. Austin skillfully embeds her strong spiritual message into the actions of her characters, creating a wonderful historical tale that is naturally inspirational.