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Monday, November 10, 2014

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling has returned to the Red River Valley for a new series called Song of Blessing.  Her first novel of the series just released and is called To Everything a Season. 

From the Back Cover:
Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community.  With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing.  Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse.  She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing.  And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.
When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return?  If not, will it mean loosing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

My Review:
When I signed up to grab this book, I thought this would be good based on other Lauraine Snelling books I had read before.  After I began reading the book, I quickly realized that it felt like I should already be familiar with these characters from something written previously.  So, I began looking at her other novels and realized that while this is the first book in this series, Song of Blessing, the characters are from a previous series.  I would definitely recommend picking up the Home to Blessing series and also An Untamed Heart since that is where the story begins.  I think you'd probably have more of a connection with the characters in this new series.  Even with this disadvantage, I thought that the story was well written, and not too hard to pick up not having read the previous series.  It did seem to give more background information than have a thrilling story line.  And just to warn you, Trygve and Miriam don't even meet until chapter 23 in the book, and there are only 33 chapters in the whole book.  I think the women nurses and doctors in the story add a fun historical fact in this story.  The men would of definitely had a hard time with that.
If you're already familiar with the characters of the Red River Valley, make sure to pick up this next series and continue the story.

***I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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