Saturday, October 25, 2014

To Everything A Season-Lauraine Snelling

To Everything A Season
Lauraine Snelling
Bethany House Publishers, Oct 21 2014, $14.99
ISBN: 9780764211041

In 1905 Blessing, North Dakota, Ingeborg Bjorklund worries about her husband Haaken (see An Untamed Heart).  She would like her daughter Astrid or her daughter-in-law Elizabeth to check him out.  Elizabeth says her father would not allow a female especially offspring to give him a physical.

Trygve Knutson considers quitting his traveling construction job to come home to Blessing to help his family though he takes pleasure in new experiences that his work provides.  Chicago-based student nurse Miriam Hastings comes to Blessing for on the job training before she leaves to work at a hospital.  Neither Trygve nor Miriam wants to be in Blessing, but family needs have both in town.  When the nurse- in-training and the driller meet, each feels the attraction.  As they fall in love, both struggle between pursuing their dreams and revising them.

Meanwhile a failed bank robbery leads to a band of brother outlaws captured with the youngest Manny suffering a broken leg.  Instead of jail, the tweener moves in with Ingeborg and Haaken.

Lauraine Snelling returns to her Red River Of the North roots with her first delightful Song of Blessing historical.  The ensemble cast is solid as they enable the audience to understand life on the northern Great Plains circa first decade of the twentieth century.  Even with an amazing Bjorklund family tree, newcomers will be lost with the Return to Red River (location of four previous series and a prequel).  On the other hand longtime fans will celebrate the opening act of Song of Blessing.

Harriet Klausner

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