1. A Season of Grace #3
    A Season of Grace #3
    Lauraine Snelling
    Bethany House / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Adventures in Northern Minnesota Woods by Norwegian Immigrants
    November 27, 2018
    Susan Osborn
    Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lauraine Snelling is known for her beloved "Red River Series" and many other books. Her latest series is "Under Northern Skies." A Season of Grace, Book3 in the series, continues the story of Rune's younger sister Nilda and their younger brother, Ivar, who, in Book 2, immigrated to America to join their family in the northern forests of Minnesota. Nilda is offered a dream job with Mrs. Schoenleber, an older woman Nilda and Ivar met on the train when they first arrived. Her new life in Blackduck seems perfect as Mrs. Schoenleber's personal assistant until she runs into Dreng Nygaard. He had tried to assault Nilda in Norway and was banished to America as a result. She never expected he would find her again. Has he really changed, or is it a charade. Nilda is haunted by nightmares of a man in a black hat chasing her. Is this a premonition of things to come or just a nightmare? I fell in love with these characters in Books 1 and 2, as I have in Lauraine's other books, and I anxiously look forward to subsequent books in the "Under North Skies Series."
  2. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    3.5 stars
    November 13, 2018
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3.5 stars

    This is not your typical historical romance. This is the third in the Under Northern Skies series and I feel you need to read them all to get the best understanding of the story line. I have not read them all and struggled a little but it is still a good story. This series seems to focus on an entire family and friends, where they all play important rolls in the entire story. Nilda Carlson is the main character in this particular novel and she must learn a lot about herself and the country she now lives in.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Memorable Character
    November 6, 2018
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I jumped into the Under Northern Skies series with book three, A Season of Grace. While I could tell as I read that Snelling assumed her reader was familiar with the characters and their background, it did not keep me from understanding and enjoying this story set in 1910 Minnesota.



    Nilda Carlson and members of her family had immigrated from Norway. Nilda may have hoped to escape the memories of being assaulted by her employer's son, but those memories engulfed her as her assailant, also an immigrant, began to attend social events sponsored by her new employer. Nilda, torn between sharing his history with her employer and allowing him to prove himself a changed man, was not prepared for the events to come.

    I was especially drawn to the character of Tante Gerd in this story. An elderly aunt who had lived for decades under the negativity and controlling thumb of her husband, Tante Gerd's loving and cheerful personality was blossoming in her widowhood. She took full pleasure in all the blessings presented to her rather than allowing herself to be robbed of them by dwelling in the past.

    To the best of my memory, this is the first book that I have read by Lauraine Snelling. I do have several more in my Kindle library, and now look forward to reading them. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a copy of A Season of Grace in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Family, Faith, and Community!
    November 6, 2018
    mjk108
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Season of Grace shares a tale of winter life in northern Minnesota in the early 1900's highlighting the hardships, tragedies, and hard work that it took to survive during this time. This third novel in the series showcases a new era in the life of the extended Carlson family. Lauraine Snelling brings that feeling of family, faith, and community to readers as she continues her story of the expanding Carlson family.

    This story centers around Nilda, one of the newest arrivals from Norway, as she begins working and stretching her wings in the community. This novel had a bit of the dark to it as an uncertain presence from the past shows up in Benson's Corner. Read this engaging historical family saga to further your acquaintance with the Carlson family and to find out how Nilda deals with her ghost from the past. If you enjoy historical fiction at a slow, comfortable pace, this book will be perfect for you. A great book for a rainy afternoon and a cozy cup of tea!

    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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    As always, a fabulous read!
    November 6, 2018
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A good title! and love that cover. It was again so good to return to this family from Norway. Good to settle into the stories of the blessings in their lives mixed with hard work and coping with hardships, ups and downs, shared by all in this close family. They really make me hungry though, reading of the wonderful things they make to eat! The family lives on a farm, but Nilda is offered a position as an assistant to a very wealthy woman. Working for her is nothing like she left in Norway, as she is a kind and thoughtful person who loves to take care of people. Nilda is getting closer to two young men, but it remains to be seen if she will choose either of them. She is still pursued by the horrible young man who tried to abuse her in Norway, making for many tense times. Working through this with the support of her family and new friends is a learning experience for her - a stretching of her wings yet learning to rely on God and others for support. As always a fabulous read that you won't want to end.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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