A Harvest Of Hope
Bethany House Publishers, Mar 3 2015, $14.99
In 1905, Blessing Hospital nurse trainee Miriam Hastings goes on a leave of absence to return home to Chicago where her widow mom is dying. After her mom’s death, her mentor allows Miriam to finish her training in Chicago so that she can take care of her grieving younger siblings, but also insists her pupil come back to Blessing, North Dakota to complete her one-year contractual obligation very soon.
In Blessing, Trygve Knutson misses his beloved Miriam and prays for her safe return. He begins construction of a house that he plans to live in with Miriam when he marries her. However when Miriam finally arrives in Blessing, Trygve knows something is different beyond her mourning her loss. Underestimating the love that Trygve and the Lord have for her, Miriam refuses to tell her suitor why she will not marry him or pray for guidance. As he struggles to learn her motive, Miriam accepts her heart must be broken and that God abandoned the Hastings family. Accepting her responsibility to take care of her brothers and sisters; Miriam feels burdening Trygve would be unfair to him. Desperate but still hopeful, Trygve prays to God for a Christmas Miracle.
The second Song of Blessing (see To Everything A Season) is an engaging inspirational historical romance. The leads are a delightful pairing, but it is the support cast in Blessing and Chicago who turn this into a terrific early twentieth century tale.