When I first started reading A Measure of Mercy, I wasnt sure if I was going to like it or not. There was an initial sequence (in the first chapter) that took place in the Blessing hospital that was quiet compelling and very well done, but after it, the book kind of lagged for a little bit and I put it down for a week or so.When I came back to the book, I read the remainder of it without stopping!After a chapter of two of contemplating, Astrid begins to make decisions and take steps in her life that lead to some really moving moments within the story.A Measure of Mercy really emphasizes faith and demonstrates the works that are such an important part of a true Christian lifestyle. Trust in God and keeping a close ear on His callings is key in the plotline, and this book very honestly explores the thoughts of someone who is unsure about what lies ahead.I LOVED the ending of A Measure of Mercy it reminds of the peace that comes to us when we have made a tough decision and have felt the burden of deciding leave us.I cant wait to read the upcoming releases in the Home to Blessing series!Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. This does not influence my opinion of the volume.
I love Lauraine Snellings books on the Norweigen people coming to this country and living in N.D. I have all her books on these families. I'm thrilled she has started a new series about Blessing, N.D. I found the book excellent and loved reading it. I love the salvation message and the sermons on forgiveness as well. I highly recommend this book.
This is the very first book I am reviewing for Bethany House. The story takes place in Blessing, North Dakota. It is a fictional town that has come to life through the author's imagination. This is the first in a series but the characters are from Red River of the North books. The main character of this book is an eighteen-year-old woman, Astrid Bjorklund. She is training to be a doctor in this 20th century setting. She goes to Chicago, Illinois for continued training and proves to be a very talented physician. I felt the book really came to life when Astrid took care of a little orphan boy named Benny, who lost both his legs to an accident. He was adopted by a young couple in Blessing. Also, Astrid's family took in a little girl left in their barn on a very snowy day, most probably from an Indian reservation.I had trouble getting to know these characters. There were many introduced in a short period of time plus they are Norwegian names, which makes it even harder. When I hit the half-way mark, I began to be interested. It makes sense now that I researched the author. This is a continuation from former books. It is possible to start with this book, just be aware that it takes a bit to come to know the people. It is a fantastic community who all help out each other.It is an enjoyable read and I did learn much about the time period. It is very interesting time in history. There are loose ends left in this book which is very disappointing.
Ever turn on your TV about 15 minutes too late to catch the beginning of what seems to be a great movie? This book is very much like that. You get the impression that Astrid Bjorklund was once more "spirited" and impulsive in her past, however, the Astrid of this book is very controlled and seems much older than 18 (but you don't know why).Astrid has unexplained feelings for a gentleman who has just returned to Blessing after being away for 2 years. Not enough of the previous book is recapped for us to understand why Joshua cares for Astrid, or why Astrid is attracted back immediately. Just as the relationship starts Astrid leaves for medical training in Chicago and no declarations of care have been exchanged. Joshua hasn't really even dated her, but starts building a house with marrying her in mind? And, Astrid thinks about him a lot, but doesn't know anything about him or whether he cares for her?The real story of this book is not the relationship which falls a little flat but rather the struggle Astrid wages against continuing her medical studies despite a frustration with God allowing good people to die, despite all their efforts and prayers. Astrid develops an irrational fear of putting her hands inside someone to do surgery or delivery for fear they will die too. The realism of these observations, and the spiritual struggle they bring to a young medical student are heartfelt and well covered by Snelling in this novel. In Chicago, God grants her new experiences that verify she will also save lives when He wills it to happen.The additional turmoil over deciding whether she is meant to spend time doing mission work in Africa, adds even more emotional tension to this story. There is some satisfaction when she decides to take God's lead, one day at a time, but her decision still isn't made at the end of the book. Overall, you will like this book if you have read Snelling's previous books set in Blessing, if not you may need to read those first.