Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago women’s hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.
When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve–and her chance at love–for good?
Lauraine Snelling is celebrating the release of her latest Blessing novel with a giveaway at her website. This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book: One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story’s romance, in your own home.
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Return to Blessing with the next installment of Lauraine Snelling’s best-selling Bjorklund epic set in North Dakota. How much of an epic you ask? To Everything a Season is the 18th book and starts the fifth series. I came across Blessing a couple of years ago, and have enjoyed each chapter that I’ve read. It had been a while, however, since I last read a Blessing novel so it took me some time to remember the characters and their relationships. Thankfully, there’s a family tree at the start of the book. It doesn’t format well electronically, but the except (link below) contains a readable copy which I’ve saved for reference.
Much has happened in the 23 years since the first Bjorklands settled in the area. Not all newcomers have a Scandinavian background or worship in the Lutheran church and the old-timers need to make them feel welcome if the town is to continue growing. It turns out that teaching English to the new arrivals is the easiest of adjustments. When Roman Catholics arrive and it’s suggested they have their own church, the Lutherans balk at the idea. Much has to do with history and the creation of the Lutheran church, but I suspect it’s a fight that won’t be won easily by either side.
There are other changes as well. Beloved characters are getting older and, in some cases, frailer. There’s tragedy when a popular member of the community dies. But while there’s sadness in Blessing, there’s also the reminder that Christians have a glorious reward waiting for them in heaven. Readers might still want a Kleenex handy for this moment, however.
Although Miriam is a major character in this book, she isn’t mentioned for the first third of it. When we do meet her, it’s in Chicago. After the beauty of Blessing, the contrast of her life is jarring. There’s no fresh air or spiritual wealth for this young woman and her family. Her supervisors have to coerce her into leaving the city, worried as she is for her mother and siblings’ well-being. Don’t expect her story or anything else to be neatly resolved by the end. To Everything a Season finishes on a cliff-hanger. It’s a story to be continued in book two of the series – A Harvest of Hope – which will be released in February 2015.
Thank you to Bethany House, Lauraine Snelling, and PulsePoint Design for my complimentary electronic review copy of To Everything a Season, which I received in exchange for my evaluation of it.
Have you read To Everything a Season? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 21 October 2014
Page Count: 352