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Rune lives in Norway with his pregnant wife Signe and their three boys. He receives a letter from his aunt and uncle inviting he and his family to come live with them in Minnesota and promises them land of their own. They take english speaking classes and make the voyage leaving behind the only life they know. They are demanding expecting them work hard and repay the cost of their voyage. Life becomes difficult and the couple is now afraid they will never have the life they are dreaming of. They must find a way to keep their faith to make their own future.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218964
ISBN-13: 9780764218965
Series: Under Northern Skies

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Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.
Learn more at www.laurainesnelling.com.

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  1. abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    To the North Woods
    August 13, 2017
    abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    A sweet beginning to a new series by Lauraine Snelling based in Minnesota, Rune and Signe Carlson travel with their boys from Norway in the early 1900s. Relying on the generosity and hospitality of an aunt and uncle, they immigrate in hopes of one day being able to farm on their own land. Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are not as expected, and the Carlsons begin to adapt and attempt to hold onto their dreams as they learn more about family, faith, and forgiveness.

    I look forward to the next installment!
  2. vics49548
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read!
    August 13, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 0
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    I have been reading Author Lauraine Snelling's immigrant books since the beginning. This book in her newest series is incredible! If you enjoyed her other books you will love this one. It's a page turner and I found myself saying just one more chapter. I wanted to find out what happened but wasn't in a rush to end the story.

    Full of twists and turns, we once again follow a Norwegian family who has immigrated to the United States. This book depicts the work ethic of these people. I couldn't have done half of what they did. Snelling does a great job of helping the reader to see the conditions they lived in as well as depicting the area in which they settled.

    The characters are well developed, as is the story line. I'm looking forward to book 2!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
  3. Boise Goat Lady Robinson
    Boise, ID
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Promise of Dawn
    August 11, 2017
    Boise Goat Lady Robinson
    Boise, ID
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4


    If you have read previous Norweigan stories/books by Lauraine Snelling before, you have to admit that her characters are very realistic. They might be warm or they might be harsh, but they are real. In this particular story I cringed as I traveled along with a new family coming to Minnesota, Amerika on cheap fare/passage across the ocean. A seeking family, parents and children, facing for the first time the pangs of hunger, sea-sickness and unsanitary conditions. But even so, there were dreams and promises swimming in their heads. And after all, they were going to live with family in this new town and country! But when they arrive in the small community where they were to live and work, something seemed amiss with the Onkle that retrieved them and the Tante that was waiting at home. Would this be the land of adventure they had been longing for or was the whole trip a sorrowful mistake? Read and find out what God has in store for them all. (And for a real treat, read her other Norweigan stories!)

    This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID
  4. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome new saga
    August 7, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Promise of Dawn is the first book in the Under Northern Skies series written by Lauraine Snelling. Lauraine Snelling is my all time favorite Christian historical fiction author. And I think this is one of the best books she has written. The story takes place in 1909 when Einar Strand sends his family in Norway a letter asking for Rune and his family to immigrate to Benson Corner, Minnesota. Einar and Gerd bought property in Minnesota and Einar has been logging the trees. Gerd took care of their animals until she developed a heart condition that now has her bedridden and in need of help. The agreement is that Einar will pay for Rune and his family to travel to Blackduck in exchange of helping them. When the passage is paid off, Rune and his family will receive a piece of land as their own in exchange of helping.

    Rune, Signe and their three sons travel to help the Strands but when they get there they find a house that is mouse and rat infested and filthy and with no beds to sleep on. The Strands are very hard people to work for. Einar is only concerned about the trees and demanding help. Gerd is constantly yelling for Signe to help her. Rune and their oldest son are to help with the trees and one day the young boy is injured. Then the middle son has to help with the trees. Signe finds herself having to go against Einar to protect her children. When Rune starts to stand up to Einar, Einar contacts the sheriff to lock them up and deport them. Signe has kept records of how much the family has worked for the Strands and has received the cost of their passage to show that they have worked more than enough to repay the Strands. The sheriff finds the Strands guilty of de facto slavery.

    This story is awesome! Even though parts of the story are hard to understand, such as Rune not standing up for his family, that was a different time and Rune was appreciative of being given the chance to start a new life in America. And Signe showed so much patience to Gerd with caring for her. With Signe's insistence, Gerd is able to get out of bed. I like the change that slowly takes place in Gerd as she is able to do more things on her own. I also liked how the neighbors came to help Signe in her time of need, even though Einar has run them all off before. I can understand how Signe would start to lose her trust in God with the situation they are in. But I so appreciate Rune being the type of husband that would be gentle with her and help her to see that God is with them.

    This is a great book. I cannot wait to read the next in the series. I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this story. With the research the author has done as well as having lived in Northern Minnesota as a child, this story is very true to the time.

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. This is my honest review.
  5. Robin Willson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can I give this 10 stars?
    July 31, 2017
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A new series linked with the fabulous Red River Valley novels. I have read a lot of books. I recall a movie, although not the title, where characters come alive and then freeze where they are when the reader stops reading. Most books are like this, quietly waiting to be picked up again, but Lauraine Snelling' characters seem to continue to live after the book is put down and I eagerly look forward to peering through the looking glass again to see what they've been up to.

    Ingeborg's cousin is still in Norway and has long waited to see her again. Her sister Gird is married and has gone to America, earning land and building a homestead. They need help, sending for her oldest son Rune and his family to join them. Ready and willing to work hard to repay them yet also earn some land and a home for themselves in this land of opportunity, they sail over - but nothing is easy anywhere along the way. They enter a loveless home and Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird expect way too much from them, with little thanks, but Rune and Signe and their children - have strong values and deliver 110%. Clearing the large trees is a dangerous job and when overworked it becomes more so. Because Uncle Einar is so single minded about getting the trees cleared, Aunt Gird is very ill and the household has gone severely downhill. Plus, for some reason the community does not welcome Rune and his family. Standing firm on strength and kindness, their faith grows stronger through the difficulties and threads its way to the others who surround them.

    I wish I could give Lauraine's books 10 stars - I can't recommend them highly enough. They are get-lost-in-and-fully-enjoy stories where you can clearly picture the characters and settings. As always, I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series! I really like the references to Ingeborg as I know she is living a full life not far from Signe and Rune in her piece of America.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
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