Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Baard has experienced more than her share of sorrow, and now she is afraid to open her heart to love. Besides, no man has ever shown enough interest in her to come courting. So Rebecca's friends set out to remedy the situation, concocting social events to attract all the eligible bachelors in Blessing and advising her in the use of feminine wiles. When none of these efforts seem to work, Rebecca tries yet another tack, only to discover that even the best of intentions can't keep events from taking a surprising turn. Will Rebecca overcome her fears, or will she settle for something less than love?
Read by Renee Ertl. Abridged. 7 CDs.
Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write "horse books for kids."
Her dreams manifested into reality in 1982 with Tragedy on the Toutle (now re-issued as What About Cimmaron?), a story about a girl and her horse caught in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Lauraine continued the dream, publishing two more best-selling series: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly, and expanded into writing inspirational romances for adults.
Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to craft An Untamed Land, volume one of the Red River of the North family saga and a trilogy called Return to Red River, as well as the Daughters of Blessing series, and the Home to Blessing series. Due to reader demand she is currently working on another Blessing series.
Three more historical sets have released in addition, one set during the Civil War which traced the journey of a young woman leading Thoroughbreds across the country to safety, a series called Dakotah Treasures, and the Wild West Wind series.
Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraines style, shown in her contemporary romances and womens fiction which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In her novel, The Way of Women, three women delve deep into their hearts as they encounter a volcanic eruption and prove that when women strive together they can face even the unthinkable. In The Brushstroke Legacy, three generations of women discover that Gods gifts are powerful enough to speak across centuries.
All told, she has over 80 books published. She thinks. Shes not sure. Shed rather write them than count them. Lauraines work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as audio books.
Drayton2003Awards have followed her dedication to "telling a good story": the 2014 Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Inspirational Fiction, the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.
Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writers conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.
Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didnt call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds werent quite so entertaining.
Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a Basset Hound named Winston.
"Renee Ertl captures Rebecca Board's youthful dream of starting an ice cream parlor in her hometown of Blessing. With subtle emotional nuances she depicts Rebecca's brother's initial humorhe's certain she's too youngwhich soon turns to concern when he sees shes serious. Ertls portrayal of Rebecca's frustration with her familys lack of belief in her is especially believable. When Rebecca visits her cousin Penny in Bismarck, she visits a soda shop to gain business advice. Ertl perfectly renders Rebecca's new sense of direction and determination to succeed when she returns home. In addition, Ertls depiction of business owner Mr. Jeffers, as well as town gossip Mrs. Valders and her shy adopted son, brings laughter and tears. This is too good to miss."
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