Flying Fish, Making Waves, and Happy 4th of July!

This is the Flying Fish in Memphis. I didn’t take the picture, but I did eat there Friday night with my hubby, and our best friends.

We dropped our tweens off at a birthday part, looking oh so cute. Bittersweet. Girls growing up.

We took our little ones with us. They’re a year apart. Little Miss thang is convinced she’s going to marry Myles. Myles tells her, “Stop saying that! It’s embarrassing.” 🙂

We had a great time.

I’m listening to Jason Mraz live in Chitown. He’s one of my favorites.  So that’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods over the weekend. I thought since I ate seafood over the weekend, and since today is July 4th (this book has a great fireworks scene over the lake) it would be appropriate to review:

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

I’ve been branching out–reading historicals. Glad I have! I’ve read so many great ones lately. This is one of them.
Normally, I’m not a big fan of people on the covers of books, but it obviously is popular because most of them are like this. But this cover seems to fit. I pictured the main character, Marguerite, much like this.
“When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn’t be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It’s also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father’s gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry
Roger to save her father’s name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart–even if it means abandoning the family she loves?”
My opinion

Marguerite is a feisty, fun character living in a time when women had a place and sailing or really anything it seemed wasn’t it. I loved her wit and sass. Some of the things she thought to herself while courting boring Roger made me laugh out loud.
Once she thought to herself that if God would strike Roger with lightning, she’d be happy to move over a few feet.  I’m still laughing over that.
I thought Trip Andrews was flirty and fun. I giggled at their bathing suits back then. Not something I’d find attractive on a man, but it’s a historical, so…
I felt transported back into the time. I wanted to wipe my brow due to the heat and have a glass of lemonade with them. My heart pitter-pattered as love blossomed and I was satisfied with the ending.
4 out of 5 stars
Do you have a favorite historical? Share. I need to dip my toe into the genre more and what are you doing to celebrate the holiday today?

13 thoughts on “Flying Fish, Making Waves, and Happy 4th of July!

  1. Looking forward to reading that one! We're making a strawberry pie tomorrow. Gonna try to get to the park for the fireworks, depending on hoe Trevor is. (We'd have to get there awfully early.) Now for recommendations. You KNOW I've gotta give love to Francine. You read Leota's Garden, but you have got to read A Voice In The Wind. Like, now. =)


  2. Wow, absolutely fantastic!
    Salute! 🙂

  3. I don't read much historical myself, but I loved The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It was a giant book but I never wanted it to end.

    It's funny how you mentioned not liking people on book covers normally. I'm the same way!

  4. Hehehe that sounds like a nice read. I love historical romances. Have you read anything by Julia Quinn yet?


  5. Happy 4th Jessica! This book sounds so fun – I'm going to have to look it up. I think so far, my favorite historical is Masquerade by Nancy Moser.

    Have a great holiday! Cheers to you 🙂

    Amanda Stephan

    July 4, 2011 9:57 AM

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  7. I'm always telling everyone how much I love Deanne Gist's novels. They're historical, but they're also what we call edgy. I love her honest, realistic approach to people and their romantic chemistry. I think you'll enjoy her stories.

    Have fun seeing Jason Mraz. That is one talented man. I have his latest album. Jazzy fun!

  8. Ooo, I may have to read Making Waves! Thanks for the fabulous review.

    Oh my, Jessica. I have so many to recommend! I second Michelle-Francine Rivers is great. My favorites of hers are Redeeming Love (I bet you'd like that one), and A Lineage of Grace. Also Liz Curtis Higgs' Thorn in my Heart. (One of my absolute favorites!) Bodie and Brock Thoene are the masters at historical fiction, so you should try at least one of their books. From what I know about your style I'm not sure you'd like them because they're a little bit slow, but you never know. I especially like The Zion Covenant series from them.

    Let me know if you want more details about any of those. I'd highly recommend all of them!


  9. HEY! I enjoying talking to ya last night! 🙂

    Here are a few historicals that I like a lot:

    Francine Rivers- Mark of the Lion and Redeeming Love

    Deeanne Gist- A Bride Most Begrudging and A Bride in the Bargain

    Also, I read a new author recently and her book was really different than most in this genre– Laura Frantz's Courting Morrow Little

  10. Ha ha! What a fun review, sounds like something my sister may like. Hope you had a nice July 4th!

  11. Hey everyone! Happy 4th to my American friends. Thanks for the happies from my British friends!!

    We had a great night! Lots of food, fun, friends, and fireworks. 🙂

    Thanks for all the books you guys have offered. I'll have to check them out.

  12. Sounds like a fun weekend and a fun book. I love historical!
    And to answer your question on my blog, my family saga is just one book (even though SAGA makes you think it's several, family saga is just the genre.) Thanks for asking!

  13. I LOVED Making Waves! I bought the next book that this author has out too. Haven't gotten to that one yet. I have to agree with Brook and Brandi, check out Deeanne Gist! She is great. I'm a new google friend and I write reviews too. Come check out my blog. 🙂 I love book buddies. 🙂


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