A place to belong, a place to wrap around you. There's something to be said about a series and writer that makes you want to keep coming back to see what is going on with the town and characters in the books. And it's written so that you can clearly picture yourself there right away. You feel as though you live there and know each and every person. Ingeborg is like your own relative. This, as the others in the series, is written in a part of time and way of life that is similar to how I grew up. We're all so different, and yet the same.
It's great that Ingeborg is still a pillar of the Red River Valley community and going strong hunting, fishing and driving farm machinery.
This is a romance centered around Deborah, an Assistant at the hospital, and Toby Valders. They have a history in the series, and are now grown and ready for their own romance. She has an opportunity to leave and study to further her position at the hospital. Will it do Toby good to have her go away for awhile? Shes loved him for a long time, but he takes her for granted. Maybe it will shake him up a little bit. Or perhaps she should just move on. Always prayerfully centered, another story of life's normalcies and life's struggles.
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I loved the book. I have read the entire series and this book was as good as all the others. I love historical fiction. The author really captures the historical events of the time well plus adds the personalities of people you lived in those times. Great book and series.
An adventure in the growth of Blessing. Town hospital so large needs an administrator. Deaf school needs a new teacher and new building. Men working around clock to build it. Deborah wonders if Toby will ever ask her to marry him. She has waited a long time. Women agree to help her. The hospital is understaffed. Deborah starts to date the new teacher. But then she goes for training to be an Administrator. Will Toby see the light? All Lauraine's bppls are encouraging.
I have to start by saying I love Lauraine Snelling. She is one of the first Inspirational/Historical authors I started with when I switched from Contemporary Romance. This novel is just as good as all her other novels, which I have read most of and several at least twice.
It is so good to read Deborah's story. Deborah MacCallister was in several of Mrs. Snelling's books since she was first discovered with her sister, Manda, when they were small and abandoned by their father after their mother died. Zeb MacCallister found the girls and adopted them then settled in Blessing, North Dakota. After Zeb's wife died, he and Manda, along with her new husband left Blessing and Deborah behind because she was two young to make the journey they were going on.
Deborah was taken in and raised as their daughter by Pastor John Solberg and his wife Mary Martha. All grown up, Deborah is now a nurse at the hospital in Blessing and in love with Toby Valders, but he doesn't know it. Though they grew up together, Toby doesn't seem to know Deborah exists anymore since he has been so busy with his construction business.
When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, Deborah's lady friends get together to matchmake. Toby is not very happy that this new guy is showing an interest in Deborah, but he doesn't know why he feels that way.
Then Deborah gets a chance for some advanced training that will help her and the Blessing hospital. So she jumps at the chance to go to Chicago for the training, hoping she can forget about Toby and get on with her life. With Deborah gone, Toby does some serious soul searching and can't wait for Deborah to return. If she returns.
I loved this book. It is a clean romance and has many of the well loved characters from all the other books Mrs. Snelling has written about the town of Blessing. Including the well loved Ingeborg. I recommend this book to all historical romance lovers. Enjoy!
Journey to Blessings North Dakota in From This Day Forward
December 8, 2016
From This Day Forward (Song of Blessing Book #4) by Lauraine Snelling is yet another fine tuned story of the wonderful people who settled in the fictional town of Blessings North Dakota at the turn of the twentieth century. This story is centered on Deborah MacCallister and Toby Valders. Friends since their days at school, they have both come far as adults. She is now head nurse at the Blessing hospital and he is one of the leaders in the fast paced construction of the numerous buildings planned for a community that is bursting at the seams. Deborah has long had feelings for Toby, who seems oblivious to anything beyond their long standing friendship. She has always been there and he takes it for granted that she will remain his friend. As she yearns for more, he is merely going through the motions of his life as his career catapults him from bed each day to work and back to bed again. If it weren't for friends like Deborah and her mother keeping food in his icebox and doing his laundry he would have gone hungry and unkempt.
The hospital is also feeling the pinch of a growing community with shortages of doctors and nurses keeping the staff on hectic rotations. Deborah is offered special training in Chicago that will give her many of the administrative skills that would ease the burden of the doctor and nurses who could better serve their patients using their medical skills.
The story has all the flavor of an old-fashioned town full of folk attending box suppers and raffling off quilts to support the community. At one such supper a handsome young teacher vies for Deborah's box supper, outbidding Toby with an outrageous bid of $10.00. Anton Gendarme out-maneuvered Toby with his charm and thick wallet. Can he also steal Deborah's heart?
These events cause Toby to look at his life and to examine what he wants it to look like. As Deborah travels to Chicago she leaves a bit of her heart in Blessing. When she returns home after completing her training her heart is open to change. The change comes from a surprising source and makes her heart whole.
A trip to Blessing, home many Norwegian immigrants reminds me of how it must have been in the small German communities in Minnesota where my relatives settled in the same era. How it must have been a rich potpourri of culture melding together to build churches, schools and little towns where my farming family came to live and pray. What a wonderful country we have and how fortunate to have authors such as Lauraine Snelling to keep these stories alive in her writing. While our ancestors have come from all over the world I am sure their stories are similar. I recommend this book and the rest of the series for a look at the extraordinary ordinary days of those who came before us.