1. A Song of Joy, Softcover #4
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    A Song of Joy, Softcover #4
    Lauraine Snelling
    Bethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Simple Blessings
    August 6, 2019
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Song of Joy is the fourth book in Lauraine Snelling's Under Northern Skies series about a Norwegian family that immigrated to Minnesota. This book continues the story of Nilda Carlson in the year of 1911. The best part of this wonderful story is its reminder of the pure enjoyment one can received from the simplest of blessings: time with friends and family, fresh produce, a bird's song, and a cool breeze on a clear summer's night. Since reading this book I have purposefully been making myself attend to these types of blessings rather than allowing them to slip by unnoticed. The pervasive theme of the joys of giving and serving are also treasures in A Song of Joy. I thank Lauraine Snelling for reminding us of these joys, and to whom we owe our thanks. She allows God to use her gifting as a storyteller to both entertain and minister.

    I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
  2. Wenatchee, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Positive Version of "My Fair Lady"
    August 5, 2019
    Jeanne Z
    Wenatchee, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The plot of the musical "My Fair Lady" came to mind as I read this book. The heroine, Nilda Carlson, is picked off the poverty of an immigrant farm to be groomed as an executive assistant to a wealthy widow. She's trained in high society refinements (including music lessons) as well as given a crash course in English as she acquires business acumen. Unlike "My Fair Lady," however, this heroine has a good and devout heart that's groomed through difficult people and circumstances (including the attempted rape of a previous book). As in other books, this one provides an intimate look at the hard life of immigrant farmers. It also sketches how to exercise propriety in everyday relationshipssomething I see missing in our current it's-all-about-me culture. Laurine Snelling has woven contemporary needs into this old-fashioned novel which has the right seasoning of romance for leisure readers. My only "wish" is that there had been a page to introduce characters as something of a preface. It had been along time since I read the previous book, and despite the author's weaving in of backstory, I was challenged to remember the various relationships of the main and minor characters. This book came to me as a review copy from the publisher.
  3. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow paced historical about immigrants
    July 2, 2019
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "A Song of Joy" is a Christian romance set in 1911 in Minnesota. This book is the fourth in a series and the third with Nilda as the main character. I didn't realize this was a continuation of her story, and I haven't read the previous books. The first few chapters "spoil" what happened in the previous books to get new readers up to speed on what she's gone through. Fritz hardly spent any scene-time with Nilda, but it was clear that Nilda and Fritz were attracted to each other and only each other. A rich, young man attempted to impress Nilda with his wealth so she'd marry him, but there wasn't much suspense about how the romance would turn out.

    Much of the story was spent describing daily life for her family on the farm and for Nilda in town. Enjoyable historical details about farm life, manners, and such were woven into the story. Some suspense was created during Nilda's efforts to come up with ways to help the poor, local immigrants and gain support (and money) for her projects. Plus a detective clearly bent on causing trouble for Nilda kept popping up to question people about her or to say nasty things to her.

    There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this story to those who have read the previous novels and who will enjoy learning how things are working out for those characters or to people interested in what life was like for immigrants at this time.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Historical
    June 2, 2019
    CoffeeBreakBooks
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lauraine Snelling's wonderful historical research and attention to detail have us again enjoyably immersed in the lives of Norwegian immigrants in the early 1900s. Having greatly enjoyed her Blessing novels, as well as others, I have found that her characters become like family members, and their homes become familiar places. A Song of Joy follows suit with realistic dialog, highly descriptive geographical details, and accurate historical settings. The author does a good job not only of describing life in a small Minnesota town and how modern progress is changing the society, but also how some of the unique aspects of this rural life stay the same. The strong family bonds are central to the life here, and that comes through in this story. Snelling has given us main characters in Nilda Carlson and Fritz Larsson, along with several secondary characters, that are complex and memorable. The love story is believable, with a bit of suspense, adventure, and, of course, light romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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