Though Waters Roar, by Lynn Austin opens with the main character, Harriet, in jail. It is the 1920’s during prohibition and Harriet has just been arrested for transporting bootleg liquor. The mystery of how she got to that place is told through a series of flashbacks chronicling the lives of her grandmother and mother and their experiences with the Underground Railroad, the struggle for women’s rights, and the fight to outlaw alcohol. Both Harriet and her grandmother, Bebe, are women who struggle to find meaning for lives in which they don’t feel that they fit in with society’s expectations for women and their desire to make a difference in the world.
I recently “discovered” Lynn Austin as an author and she has become a new favorite. Though Waters Roar did not disappoint me. I enjoyed the way the author intertwined the characters’ lives and gradually helped the reader figure out the mystery of what motivated each character.
I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House.