Friday, 24 October 2014

Book review: To Everything a Season

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From the Back:

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting
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 losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

My Reflections:

I love historical fiction, and if you follow my blog you will instantly be able to see this passion displayed in the books I choose to review. I had high aspirations in this newest series, titled Song of Blessing. Unfortunately this was not the case with this particular novel.

The main character is not introduced until well into the story, and by that time I was confused, as the synopsis on the book told a whole different story than the one I was reading. Not only is this book a slow start it also is written in a fashion that expects the reader to have a foreknowledge of characters and events. I felt through the entirety of this book that I was missing something integral to the plot. These factors had me lagging through this book with listless enthusiasm.

The thing I did enjoy about the book was the small town of Blessing, in North Dakota. The story is written for the time period of 1905. What a nice place this Author has created. Who wouldn't want to live and raise a family there. Sure there were some attitudes of prejudice, being that most of the town was made up of Norwegians, who had immigrated. I enjoyed how most of the close knit community welcomed new people who moved to Blessing with open arms.

If you enjoy a leisurely read, where characters are slowly infused into a story line, and life is just a little simpler, this may be just the book for you. I will certainly continue to read this wonderful authors books as I have quite enjoyed them in the past.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Thank you Graf-Martin!

About The Author:

  1. Lauraine Snelling 

    Lauraine Snelling

    Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, 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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