To Everything a SeasonLauraine Snelling
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... Read More
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?
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 15, 2014
- UPC: 9780764211041
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 342
- Publish Date: Oct 21, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764211048
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- Faith, Family and small town life by Karen on 8/18/2015
To Everything a Season
By Lauraine Snelling
This is the first book by Lauraine Snelling that I have read. I know there are others that she has written about the Bjorklund family and the town of Blessing. I spent the first few chapters catching up to what has transpired in the past. It did help to understand the further depth of the characters. This was a good read about small town life vs. the big city of Chicago. Faith is predominant in this book which I enjoy seeing God's hand in their lives. I look forward to further books in this series.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
- I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END! by NARITA on 5/30/2015
The time is 1905, in the fast growing, prosperous town of Blessing, North Dakota.
Miriam Hastings finds herself in Blessing, to work as a nurse in a very small and primitive hospital. It is an honor and great opportunity to further her skills. She is torn between staying in Chicago with her family, a sick widowed mother, and younger siblings and going. Her family is very poor and she decides this training will benefit them financially. She is surprised and delighted at the closeness of the community, not only to each other but to God. At the center of the community is the Bjorklund family, immigrants from Norway.
When Trygve Bjorklund meets the nurses at the station to escort them to living quarters, he is immediately drawn to Miriam, and wants to pursue a relationship. Miriam on the other hand wants to get her training and get home to her family. Romance is the last thing on her mind. Trygve doesn’t give up, and his character and strong faith gradually draw her to him.
The story drew me into the residents of the town, especially the personal lives of the Bjorklunds. Their trust in the Lord, high standards, and meek spirits drew me to them. I loved being a part of their daily existence. It gave me a warm happy feeling. The characters and story weren’t saccharinely sweet or fake. They were very real and I was encouraged by their constant reliance on the Lord.
As peaceful as the town is, there was lots of excitement. Losses, deaths, robberies, and even more challenges. The author follows the characters in detail in how they turn to God not matter what they face. Miriam not only learns a lesson in what true commitment is, but also who Christ is. She also discovers that life has a way of changing our plans. I wish the town of was a real place! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s descriptions and challenges in practicing medicine, not only in that era but also in such a small town. Reliance on the Lord for healing was as much a part of being a doctor or a nurse, as the knowledge, tools and medicine.
I would definitely go visit. The book was so great and made me feel such a part of it, I was disappointed when it ended and missed the people! A well written, engaging book!
I received this book free from the publisher from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Faith-filled Family Saga by Jeanie on 1/27/2015
Lauraine Snelling’s first novel in the Song of Blessing series, “To Every Season”, is amazing! The Bjorklund family’s lives and friends are interwoven throughout this and Ms. Snelling’s other Red River Valley novels. This saga begins in 1905 in Blessing, North Dakota. Much of it is centered on Haakan and Ingeborg Bjorklund, their nephew Trygve Knutson, and the doctors at the hospital. Haakan is recovering from a stroke. His wife Ingeborg continues with her cheese business, helping at the hospital, and caring for her beloved husband. Their daughter Astrid is a doctor, running the hospital and practice with her sister-in-law Elizabeth, also a doctor. Astrid recently married Daniel Jeffers; her brother Thorliff is married to Elizabeth. Elizabeth, Thorliff, and their daughter Inga live in the building with the doctors’ office.
The hospital trains and gives the staff a place to live. Student nurses come from other areas to complete their training. After a robbery in which the thieves were nearly caught, the youngest of the McCrary brothers gang, Manny, is taken to the hospital with a badly broken leg. They learned in his delirium that he was only 12, his mother died, he knew what his brothers did was wrong but didn’t know how to get away from them. With the Lord’s help and direction, Astrid did a risky surgery hoping to avoid life-threatening infection and amputation of the youth’s leg. Annika, a student nurse, refreshed Astrid’s faith, leading her to remember that “He is God’s child, the same as we.” To me, that is one of the great quotes of the book! Now, if they can save his life, what to do with the young bandit?
Miriam Hastings, a student nurse, is at the hospital in Blessing to complete her training and planning to return to Chicago to take care of her family. Trygve was completely besotted with Miriam from the first time he laid eyes on her, and tried to court her. They had differences about faith, and Miriam feels there is no future for them. Will they meet again after she returns home for a family emergency?
Elizabeth, who had difficult pregnancies resulting in miscarriages, becomes pregnant again and will have to stop working. Astrid is concerned for Elizabeth’s health, as well as overwhelmed with the knowledge of the upcoming workload.
I love this book! This reader felt welcomed into the Bjorklund family from the first page, thoroughly immersed in the joys and worries, lives and deaths in Blessing. The men and women are strong, likable, and three-dimensional folks. They do not shrink from adversity; it is ingrained in their characters to love God, be responsible, care for their families and help their neighbors. The women are creative, innovative, and intelligent; they do not neglect their children or home to follow their calling or manage a family business. Conversations are satisfying, not stilted or dry. It is demonstrated as vital between friends, loved ones, and co-workers in a day when there is no television, iPhone, Gameboy, or other distraction. One such conversation takes place between Ingeborg and Haakan after his second stroke, in which he reassures Ingeborg of his faith in Jesus and his love for their life together, with Ingeborg receiving them as a gift: “For a man of few words, he had just poured the gift of his thoughts into the reservoir of her heart, for her to take out and remember when she needed them.”
Lauraine Snelling is a gifted author who understands the intricacies of faith, family, emotional and spiritual needs, and the values of those she writes about and for. She serves the Lord through fiction, as she points to the Lord simply by demonstrating the faith – or the faith struggles – of her characters. This novel is incredibly well-written, and the only areas left unresolved are those will be the basis for the 2nd book in the series. She brings a town of individuals together into families and friends with faith, grace and dignity. I am now one of the many thousands of readers who love Blessing, North Dakota and the Red River Valley, and I highly recommend To Everything a Season to adults of any age and older teens who have read and loved other books by this writer, to those who appreciate magnificently descriptive writing in historical novels of faith and life.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Blessing ND 1905 by Maureen on 11/21/2014
A glimpse at what life was like in Blessing ND in 1905, where life was simple, and air was clean. People were very hard working, and it seemed that neighbors were there whenever there was a need. This is a predominately Norwegian community, and most have immigrated, and are helping others to come over, to where they can own land.
We have a young man, Trygve Knutson, who has decided he is tired of traveling and come what may he wants to stay in one place, and that is Blessing. I loved the interaction he has with his Ante and Uncle, and would love to be in that family.
Then we have a nursing student from Chicago who is being requested to go to Blessing to finish up her training. She is so torn, her father has died and her mother is very ill. She wants to be in two places at once, but her heart tells her that her family needs her. Her younger siblings were working, and helping bring in their meager earnings.
The town of Blessing is expanding so much that they are running out of housing. With the expansion, there are a lot of new people and nationalities that end up there. Was really surprised, and yet shouldn’t have been, how some of the natives of the town didn’t support anyone else to have a freedom of religion.
Will Miriam be able to come and take training? Will Trygve be able to leave the traveling job, when he is offered twice his salary to stay? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered beneath the covers of this great book.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Blessings to Come: Hope for Miriam and Trygve by Mary Y on 11/16/2014
If you are a fan of Lauraine Snelling and if you have enjoyed the story town of Blessing, North Dakota, you will certainly enjoy this book. No 1 in the “Song of Blessing” saga, Trygve Knutson is grown and working hard for the future of his community. Far Haaken, one of the main characters in the Red River Valley stories, is getting older and his wife is very concerned about some symptoms he is having. Both daughter and daughter-in-law are physicians, but although his wife would like one of them to check him over, there is thought that this would be strange and unacceptable to him. In Chicago, Illinois, there is a young nurse in training who has been selected to go to Blessing to continue learning under the two women doctors before graduating. It is a struggle to leave her ill mother and other siblings that she has been helping to provide for. But, God is in control as He intervenes in making the plan work for her family. After Miriam arrives in North Dakota, she sees many new things for the first time in a small town. But her heart is still pulling her back to her mother in the city. Will she ever be able to trust God and see her future anywhere else beside Chicago? She gets on the train to return when she hears her mother may be dying, but will she ever come back? Someone is waiting to find out.
This book was provided to me by Bethany Books for review. All opinions are my own.