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Signe and Rune Carlson are thrilled to welcome Nilda and Ivar to America, but life on the farm remains a struggle. Though Gerd has softened and grown to love the Carlson family, Einar is still harsh and unforgiving, obsessed solely with felling as many trees as possible. Rune is trying to build a new home for his wife and children, but Einar refuses to help and forbids anyone from the nearby community from stepping foot on his land. What dark secret must lie in his past to have caused him to isolate himself--and anyone living under his roof--in this way? When a tragedy lays the truth bare, the Carlsons and Strands will have to come together like never before and become a true family.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Under Northern Skies
Jeanne ZWenatchee, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5More solid valuesApril 13, 2018Jeanne ZWenatchee, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I find that transferrable principles bridge the centuries in Lauraine Snelling's novels. In this case, it's how to deal with a mentally troubled person--something that hit home because of what I've struggled with in recent years with extended family. Her "villain," in this case, is an old man who has allowed bitterness to cloy his family and neighbor relationships. In this novel, you'll get the usual threads of everyday life and labor (the long/slow/tedious ways to do life without modern conveniences) but you'll also see how a family can cope with and even grow through dealing with a negative person. You'll also see how a church community's careful but loving outreach can take the edge of the corrosion that has crept into this fictional family's relationships. As someone who was caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer's with its 24-hour demands, the only problem I had with descriptions of caring for the grumpy uncle after his accident was how they covered those inevitable hygiene issues after his debilitating injuries. Though delicate to include, it could have provided another way to show the extended family doing the unpleasant because they adhered to the higher calling to serve one another. The immigrant dream of "coming to Amerika" had its nightmares (and as the granddaughter of a Norwegian immigrant, I'm sure I have that in my heritage). But their perseverance and solid human values, even in fictional form, have marked a path for today. We may no longer have to keep the woodbox perpetually filled, but we still need examples of serving one another and loving one another, and those values continue to come through in her novels. As a disclaimer, this book came to me as a review copy, but even if it hadn't, I would have given it the same evaluation.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Second book in Under Northern Skies seriesApril 5, 2018The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Breath of Hope by Lauraine Snelling is the second novel in Under Northern Skies series. Nilda Carlson, Runes sister, wants to leave Norway and go to America. She is thrilled when a letter arrives from Einar Strand in America offering to pay for her passage. Nildas parents, though, will not allow her to travel alone. Ivar, her brother, will accompany her but he does not want to be beholden to Einar for his passage. Nilda must wait while the family earns enough money to pay for Ivars passage. Nilda and Ivar finally arrive in Bensons Corner, Minnesota and are happy to be reunited with Rune and Signe. They are unprepared for Einars rudeness (he is bitter and mean) and determination to clear the trees from his property. Gerd is recovering nicely from her illness, and she enjoys spending time with little Kirstin. When Rune is not clearing trees for Einar, he and his sons are busy digging the cellar for the families new home. The Carlsons have enjoyed getting to know the people of Bensons Corner. They were unsure of how people would treat them because of Einar. Einar has alienated every person in the small town, but the Carlsons have not been able to get the full story behind his misdeeds. An accident lays up one of the men and the others will have to continue without him. Pick up a copy of A Breath of Hope and read this heartwarming family saga to discover what happens next.
I thought A Breath of Hope was well-written and an engaging novel. I opened the book and was immediately drawn into the story. A Breath of Hope held my attention until I read the very last word (I rarely find books like this). The book has well-developed characters that I wish were my neighbors and friends (except Einar). We get to see how immigrants struggled to start their farms. They had to work to earn money food and the supplies needed to build their home. The trees had to be felled to plant crops and erect their homes and barns. They would have to fight the land and animals to survive. One bad crop and they could be ruined. It was important to have family and friends that they could rely on for help as well as comfort, friendship, and fellowship. This is all represented in A Breath of Hope. Lauraine Snelling has a conversational writing style that makes the story easy to read and savor. Christian values are represented in the book. Turning the other cheek, prayer, faith, following the path God has laid out for an individual and forgiveness are some of the Christian themes in A Breath of Hope. Forgiving someone can be very difficult especially when they continue to wrong you. It is one thing to say you forgive an individual and another to forgive them in your heart. A Breath of Hope is not a standalone novel. You need to read The Promise of Dawn before embarking on A Breath of Hope. I am rating A Breath of Hope 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I am looking forward to finding out what happens next with the Carlson family. My only complaint is that I now must wait a year for another installment in Under Northern Skies series.
mjk1084 Stars Out Of 5Back in Benson's Corner!April 3, 2018mjk108Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"Life can change in the blink of an eye, and most times we have no control over it."
Once again we meet up with Signe and Rune Carlson in Benson's Corner, Minnesota approximately a year after they have settled in to life in America with Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd. The farm and logging business are doing pretty well with Rune and the boys help; Signe has Aunt Gerd back on her feet, feeling better, and in a better frame of mind. Baby Kirstin is thriving and bringing joy to their lives.
As usual Einar is not happy and drives everyone toward more work. As part of his plan, he brings Nilda and Ivar Carlson, Rune's sister and brother, to America to work as well. While there is much joy in their reunion with the Carlson family, Einar's bitterness and constant meanness place considerable strain on the entire family.
As Signe and Rune get ready to build their home, they will need all the help and goodwill they can get. Read this uplifting family saga filled with the details of everyday life on the frontier in Minnesota! The story speaks of family, faith, and good neighbors.
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Breath of Hope (#2)September 5, 2017Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoy anything written by this author. I trust that this book will released worldwide as an e-book and that e-book will be available in Canada.
Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A breathe of HopeAugust 14, 2017Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoy this author. I hope that this book will come out in an e-book soon as I have purchased book #1 in an e-book.