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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781441203465
ISBN-13: 9781441203465
Series: Daughters of Blessing

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Return to Blessing, North Dakota, with the story of Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold. After graduating in May of 1900, the two make plans to marry once the harvest is over and their new house is finished. They spend the summer working hard, and the Lord seems to shine on and in them in a special way. Everyone rejoices in their happiness. Everyone except for Toby Valders, who is determined to get even for all the drubbings he has taken from Andrew through the years. Andrew, however, has promised Ellie there will be no more fistfights. But when their new barn burns--and many of their possessions and dreams with it--Andrew throws his vows of nonviolence aside, reaping bitter consequences. Why is the life he has so looked forward to now unraveling so quickly? (Daughters of Blessing Book 1)

Author Bio

LAURAINE SNELLING is the bestselling, award-winning author of over forty novels. She also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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In Book One of Lauraine Snelling's new series The Daughters of Blessing, we are returned to Blessing, North Dakota and the approaching wedding of Ellie Wold and Andrew Bjorklund. Andrew and Ellie are asked to wait getting married by Andrew's father, Haakan, who believes that because their house has not come on time, it is a sign from God. This throws the couple into temporary chaos, but through this waiting period they both discover the wisdom of following divine guidance and listening to their elders.
Snelling once again writes with extensive detail, so the reader will have no trouble at all envisioning life in the early 1900's among Norwegian immigrants and life on a farm. When Andrew and Ellie's new barn burns, the young couple learns some hard lessons. During this time, Andrew and Ellie both grow in their spiritual lives and commitment to each other. Andrew learns to trust and have faith in God to help him handle the trials in life, while Ellie discovers that the best way to help Andrew with his problems is to pray for him. Snelling also brings the readers up to date on what the other characters from the Red River of the North series are doing. Even if you haven't read this previous series, you will feel like you know them when you finish this book. This first book in the series of The Daughters of Blessing is a stand-alone book; the characters are well developed.
If you have a love for historical fiction, get this book! When I finished reading it I was inspired and encouraged to appreciate the little things in life, taking nothing for granted. Life is never easy, but it's worth the glorious journey and we come out of our hard times stronger and wiser, realizing how God was and is with us every step of the way. – Judy Vipperman, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good potential, but mostly unexplored
    December 15, 2012
    Rachel Ropper
    Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for .
    This book was rather disappointing. The synopsis sounded great, and I liked the idea of reading about Norwegian settlers, but I didn't realise that this series followed on the back of two other series about the same characters. I expect you can only really enjoy this book if you're familiar with the characters, since I was confused by all the summarising about every single person Ellie or Andrew encountered. The expectation that you already knew the characters meant that very little time was spent developing characters, so I never felt like I connect with anyone, even Ellie or Andrew.

    I feel bad for saying this, but I honestly didn't really care whether Ellie or Andrew got together. I felt like I was dumped into the middle of their story - they were a month away from their wedding - and never given the chance to see their relationship grow and thus invest an interest in it. So because I never learned why Ellie loved Andrew so much to begin with, I couldn't understand why she was so hung up on this guy who was stubborn, very quick to anger and clearly needed to grow up before he got married.

    Part of my issue with Andrew is his anger and stubbornness. I realised towards the end of this book that the reason I disliked his character so much is actually quite a personal one. My dad is very stubborn and has a very short temper, and if he gets annoyed he will scream and shout and kick up a fuss with anyone who doesn't agree with him, including me. If someone won't agree with him, he'll leave the room and not come back until the other person attempts to make amends. This description matched Andrew so many times in this book! Growing up with a father like this has had a big affect on my life, one factor being that I really struggle with conflict because I expect everyone to react like my dad in an argument (shouting, anger, stubbornness) and it took me a while to deal with this when I left home and met my husband. The other factor is that a short temper has always been a complete turn off for me when it comes to men. I would never, ever have considered a relationship with a man who has a temper like my father (or Andrew, for that matter), and fortunately, God blessed me with a very calm and collected man, who prefers to talk things out and never raises his voice. But, considering my upbringing, you can see why I never really cared for Andrew's character. It's hard to swoon over a man who has a lot of traits that you try to avoid in a man. I know this won't be an issue for all readers, but I imagine I'm not the only woman who has had a bad experience with a short-tempered man, and I can see Andrew's temper and reaction to any sort of conflict as being a turn-off for a fair amount of readers. I know he swore to change at the end of the novel, but some men can't ever change.

    I'm giving this book 2.5 out of 5 because I honestly think it had a good potential. Besides my issues with the backstory of the previous two series, and Andrew's character, I also felt that this book needed a series edit to make it a good story. I liked the idea of a couple forced apart by circumstances before their wedding day, and made to mature separately, but a lot of issues were left unexplored or not concluded at the end of the novel (Ellie's fear of miscarriages was a big one) and some of the storylines weren't detailed enough to seem believable. But most of the aspects of the story and characterisation could have worked if they'd just been expanded further. Honestly, at times, this felt like a rough draft that needed to be tightened up a little.

    Although I had to really force myself to finish this book, I will attempt to read the others in the series, just because I already own them. I think the story and characters have great potential, but most of it was unexplored and pushed to the side by characters from previous books, which is pretty distracting to a first-time reader.
  2. New York, NY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart Warming Story
    January 9, 2012
    Linder
    New York, NY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for .
    Laurine Snelling is an excellent author, enjoy all of her books.

    The story line reminds us of how important our faith is in all that we do.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 4, 2009
    Jane Lowery
    This review was written for .
    I really like this book. One of my old pastors wife lent it to me and I could not put it down. It is a book to read curled up in bed with chocolate. I am an avid reader so a love to read anyway. I saw the book and had to buy it. I like to read books over and over. I hope that this helps.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 12, 2009
    Becca
    This review was written for .
    It was a good book. I do have to admit it was a little hard to get into and figure out who was who but once i did it was good. It definately teaches you a lesson about it doesnt matter whats on the outside what matters is on the inside. It also tells about how family sticks together and how prayer works.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 19, 2008
    Shirley Salo
    This review was written for .
    It took me a little while to get into this book but once I did and figured out who was who, it really held my interest and I wanted to keep reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next ones in this series.
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