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Though Waters Roar
Though Waters Roar
Author: Lynn Austin
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780764204968
ISBN-10: 0764204963
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 47 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a very good book. I really liked Grandma Bebe's advice to Harriet: when you realize that your efforts to help yourself are only making matters worse, you need to call on the Lord for help. There was also a theme of understanding what your underlying motives are--are they for your own good, or are they for God's good? Grandma Bebe's life is full of purpose, but much of that purpose was influenced by a lot of hardship and sadness. One of the things I really liked about this book was that the characters were strong Christian women who ventured into volunteer work, reform organizations, and political activism to further what they felt was a call from God to help people. I also enjoyed the location (Pennsylvania) and time period (pre-Civil War through 1920) of the story. The organization of the story is unusual--it is told in a series of flashbacks--which can be confusing at times. But I still think it was pretty effective.
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Helpful Score: 2
I have to say wow. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it, but I picked it up again and really got into the story the 2nd time. It spans several generations and covers a lot of history from the right to vote for women, to prohibition and the freedom of the slaves. So jam packed full of details but still a fun read. I would have however liked to see what happened with Horatio's family at the end (aka Grandma Gardner) but all in all a fantastic book with a lot of history. Even a trip to Niagara Falls is mentioned. Wonderful book!
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I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It had been sitting on my shelf for a year, and I finally picked it up to read for a swap. Boy, I wish I had kept it!! So now I am wishing for it again.

Very much recommended!! You will like it if you like historical fiction.
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Excellent book by Lynn Austin. It is the story of four generations of brave women, who took chances and did what was hard and not popular. Hannah hid runaway slaves before the Civil War, BeBe worked tirelessly against the "demon rum", and Lucy took up the suffrage movement. Harriet is trying to decide what her cause should by, but unfortunately, she is in jail! The lives of the women who came before her are told through her memories as she waits in jail. I enjoyed this historical Christian story.
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This was a very good read.
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This was a very interesting book. It was slow to get into at first but then I was hooked and had to read it to the very end. A satisfying book.