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Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas Lines5 Stars Out Of 5A Breath of HopeJune 30, 2018Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas LinesQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0" A Breath of Hope" is what Signe Carlson is feeling as Spring comes to Minnesota and with it news that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are being invited by Uncle Einar and Gerd to come from Norway to live and work on the farm. This is a dream come true for Nilda Carlson and her brother, Ivar who have been working hard to save enough money to make the trip and also for Signe and Rune who can use the extra help with their heavy workload put on them by Uncle Einar.
Einar is still overbearing and rude, even though Signe, Rune, and the boys try their hardest to please him, but Gerd has softened in her attitude and is becoming healthier, much to Signe's delight.
Rune is trying his best to build his own home to house his family but Uncle Einar is not helpful at all and so demanding upon his time that it is difficult.
Will Uncle Einar ever change? They all wonder that daily. Signe has been praying for him but finds her faith and hope is beginning to weaken as she sees no results. Rune is at the point of exasperation and his patience is wearing thin. What will it take to change Einar? Will he ever think of them as family instead of just slaves? Was he always this heartless? What happened to him to cause him to be so hateful?
The Carlsons try to keep moving forward in faith, hope and love as a family even though Einar's bad spirit dampens every occasion when he is present.
Hopefully, with the arrival of Nilda and Ivar, the work will get easier and the family will have more time to enjoy life and each other, and hopefully get their new home built so they don't need to live under Einar's roof any longer.
This book two shows us what can happen to a person when they hold onto the past and let themselves become buried in anger, bitterness and greed. It also shows us that the only one that can change a person is God, and that we can only pray for them, as we treat them with kindness and try to love them as God does, hoping that they will come to repentance and seek God's help.
(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)
--Leona J. Atkinson
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVING THIS SERIES!June 26, 2018MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those book series that you wish the author could write faster; like maybe a book every few months! I read the Promise of Dawn and could not wait for this book to come out! You can read it as a standalone but you will want to read the first one so you wont miss anything!
After a great many struggles, Rune and his family are still working for his cantankerous (and thats putting it nicely) Uncle Einar, and finishing building their new home. With them moving soon, Uncle Eniar will need more help. He offers to pay Nilda, Runes sister, passage to America. She is beyond ecstatic! Her family insists her brother Ivar come with her, but he choose to earn money for his own trip. America the land of promise to so many immigrants! Just as with her brother and his family she has no clue of what she will be facing in the way of her uncles mean and hateful ways. He does not care for his family just his land and obsession of logging the vast trees.
Just as in the previous book the author has a talent for vividly painting not only the characters experiences and daily life, but also their thoughts and emotions. I felt as if I was right there seeing and being a part of everything, but also stepping inside of each character and perceiving the situations thorough their eyes.
Once again I was greatly inspired by the familys deep faith in God and how they lived it. Uncle Einar reminds me of people that are so embittered and mean spirited that nothing seems break through their hard shell. God is the only one that can. Seeing the Carlsons love, patience and forgiveness is overwhelming. You cant help but wonder how they do it after being consistently mistreated. A lesson for all to learn. I was once more shocked at the extremely hard work and challenge simply to exist in this era. I am afraid I might have given up. Another amazing book in this series! I cannot wait to read the next one!
I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Jessy5 Stars Out Of 5A Breath of HopeJune 15, 2018JessyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author Lauraine Snelling always has a way of taking me back in time as she does in A Breath of Hope, book 2 in the series Under Northern Skies. The emotions of the characters are so palpable, making the excitement of Nildas journey to America an exhilarating experience,while making the stressful situation with Signe and Rune a tense one. The plot itself is understandable but, I had a difficult time in the beginning getting the characters straight. So I guess it can be a standalone but, I wish I had read book 1 to avoid character confusion. This book is good for anyone who enjoys books about early migration, and slower pace books. I definitely cant wait for book 3 and I am going to look for book 1 meanwhile;).
lesacap12625 Stars Out Of 5Continue the story of the Strand and Carlson family!June 15, 2018lesacap1262Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well I just love getting into a Lauraine Snelling series! I've just finished book 2 here in the Under Northern Skies series and I wonder what everyone is doing. That's how her books are for me, they are subtle, they are about the everyday, and you get to know each of the characters, and now that the books is read - you wonder what they are doing today!
I loved book 1 - The Promise of Dawn, and A Breath of Hope was the same - loved it. I enjoy the historical aspect, what was daily live like back in the early 1900's? What was it like to cross an ocean and leave your family and what is familiar behind? How did all this work get done without all the gadgets and machines we have now!?
I love the way this is written, getting to hear everyone's voice, and the letter writing aspect letting you see what's happening in Norway and in Minnesota!
This book continues where A Promise of Dawn leaves off, Rune's sister Nilda and brother Ivar are saving money to make the trip to America - Einar will need help once Rune and his family move to their new home! What is in store for Nilda and Ivar? How will Uncle Einar treat them? Nilda and Ivar can't wait to see Rune, Signe, and their children! How will God bless this trip? Will he hear their prayers, will there be peace in this house? Will Uncle Einar allow his family and the town help him, will he realize what is really important?
Is there A Breath of Hope?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House under their Blogger Review program, all comments are my own!
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Saga Continues . . .June 6, 2018JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lauraine Snelling's A Breath of Hope reads like yet another installment in her Red River Saga. It's Book Two of a newer series, Under Northern Skies, but the norwegian immigrants we're meeting are relatives and friends of Ingeborg and her clan. I love that!
This book continues the story of Rune and Signe Carlson and their family as they continue to build their new life in Minnesota. They still have to contend with Einer's hostility, but now his wife, Gerd, is on their side, along with most of their new community.
New to the story are Nilda and her brother Ivar, Rune's sister and brother. Einer offers to pay Nilda's way to America if she work for him as Rune, Signe, and their sons did when they first came. Ivar chooses to earn the money and pay his own way, preferring not to be indebted to the fearsome uncle.
I loved visiting this family and their community again through Lauraine's words. I'm looking forward to learning who will join them next as they continue to build their new world. Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book; I'm happy to recommend it to you!