When I first started reading A Measure of Mercy, I wasnt sure if I was going to like it or not. There was an initial sequence (in the first chapter) that took place in the Blessing hospital that was quiet compelling and very well done, but after it, the book kind of lagged for a little bit and I put it down for a week or so.When I came back to the book, I read the remainder of it without stopping!After a chapter of two of contemplating, Astrid begins to make decisions and take steps in her life that lead to some really moving moments within the story.A Measure of Mercy really emphasizes faith and demonstrates the works that are such an important part of a true Christian lifestyle. Trust in God and keeping a close ear on His callings is key in the plotline, and this book very honestly explores the thoughts of someone who is unsure about what lies ahead.I LOVED the ending of A Measure of Mercy it reminds of the peace that comes to us when we have made a tough decision and have felt the burden of deciding leave us.I cant wait to read the upcoming releases in the Home to Blessing series!Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. This does not influence my opinion of the volume.
I love Lauraine Snellings books on the Norweigen people coming to this country and living in N.D. I have all her books on these families. I'm thrilled she has started a new series about Blessing, N.D. I found the book excellent and loved reading it. I love the salvation message and the sermons on forgiveness as well. I highly recommend this book.
This is the very first book I am reviewing for Bethany House. The story takes place in Blessing, North Dakota. It is a fictional town that has come to life through the author's imagination. This is the first in a series but the characters are from Red River of the North books. The main character of this book is an eighteen-year-old woman, Astrid Bjorklund. She is training to be a doctor in this 20th century setting. She goes to Chicago, Illinois for continued training and proves to be a very talented physician. I felt the book really came to life when Astrid took care of a little orphan boy named Benny, who lost both his legs to an accident. He was adopted by a young couple in Blessing. Also, Astrid's family took in a little girl left in their barn on a very snowy day, most probably from an Indian reservation.I had trouble getting to know these characters. There were many introduced in a short period of time plus they are Norwegian names, which makes it even harder. When I hit the half-way mark, I began to be interested. It makes sense now that I researched the author. This is a continuation from former books. It is possible to start with this book, just be aware that it takes a bit to come to know the people. It is a fantastic community who all help out each other.It is an enjoyable read and I did learn much about the time period. It is very interesting time in history. There are loose ends left in this book which is very disappointing.