The fourth book in the Daughters of Blessings series finds Rebecca's dreams finally being fulfilled. Rebecca is frustrated with life on the farm, cattle dying, and her brother Gus, who makes demands on her but never truly believes in her. Rebecca has always dreamed of opening a soda shop in town, but finding resources and funding to make this dream come true seems impossible. However while visiting a friend in Bismarck, she learns about the ice cream making business by touring behind the scenes of an ice cream parlor. As her relationship with her good friend Gerald changes, her dreams begin to come true.
Rebecca is tired of the life she lives, having to tend an all male house and wants to start a new life. She dreams of opening a soda shoppe in her hometown but needs to find resources and funding to make this dream come true. I really liked her relationship with her friends and cousins. It's good to read about how girl talk was an important part of life even back in the day.My favorite part about this book was the talk of all the ice cream! Rebecca is extremely productive and takes a lot of initiative to make this dream of hers become a reality. There's a lot of planning and research that went into making her decision. I appreciated that she did take the time to learn about what goes into running an ice cream shop and not had it magically happen. There was a lot of things to consider, including the question of who would go get ice cream in the winter time. I really liked it when she went on the behind the scenes tour of the ice cream parlor in Bismarck and then got to eat the ice cream.I also have really enjoyed seeing the Valders boys change and mature throughout the entire Blessing saga. When we first met them, they were ragtags who were troublemakers, stubborn and rude. They eventually got adopted and throughout the books began to change and soften the hearts of the townsfolk and their own parents. With this book the focus is on Gerald and it's wonderful to see him now be a kind hearted man who has definitely grown up from him wild beginnings. I was also really glad to see him take a stand against his mother, who seems to be the ever popular grump of the town.I really enjoyed reading this book. It's total comfort reading for me, and I love the historical setting. Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction authors and I feel that if you start with the first book in this saga, you won't be able to stop.
The last in the series of Daughters of Blessings. Meeting Rebecca in the Red River of the North series we get to find out what happens to a neighbor girl. The complete series, thirteen books in all, is worth everyone's reading.
There is not a Lauraine Snelling book I have not enjoyed. This books show that the "best laid plans of women (especially) can go awry when love is involved. The Snellig books have enlightened me with my Norwegian heritage and the difficult times they endured leaving all their loved ones in Norway to come to "Amerika". The history is well documented as I relate to my ancestors.