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The members of the small town of Blessing, North Dakota located along the Red River in the early 1900s are a close-knit group. They live life together. They rejoice together and they mourn together. The Bjorklund family has had it’s share of both tragedy and joy. Lauraine Snelling continues their story with a new series, Song of Blessing.
In To Everything a Season, the founding families are enjoying an idyllic life in their growing town. Astrid and Elizabeth are doing their best to manage a busy hospital. Ingeborg is caring for an ailing husband and trying to keep up with the demands of the town. When men try to rob their bank, the people of Blessing realize that things need to change but some town members are stuck in their old ways and don’t want change. When three nursing students arrive from Chicago to train for a year, Trygve is immediately smitten by one particular woman, Miriam Hastings. Miriam left her struggling family in Chicago and knows that a year is all she can give to the town of Blessing–even that was something struggled with. What happens when members of a town love so completely outsiders are welcomed as family? Suspicions run high and doubt edges in. Can love and forgiveness conquer the fear and doubt?
Admittedly, this is the first of the Red River books (other series include Red River of the North, Return to Red River, and Home to Blessing). I’ve read by Snelling (I’ve read a couple of her stand alones but none of the other three Red River Series she’s written). As a reader, it took me a while to get used to the many points of view and figure out who was who in the book. I don’t feel like the points of view were too distracting and it definitely gave the characters more definition. Being able to feel what they feel and know what they are thinking helps the reader connect with them. This did read like a continuation of a book as Miriam doesn’t even show up until almost halfway through the story. I’m sure she will be in much more of the next book in the series. Fans of the other Red River Series will love catching up with everyone from previous books, though. Be warned, this series will not be stand alone. You will definitely want to read them in the order they are released. The next book in the series, A Harvest of Hope is currently slated for a February 24, 2015 release.
***Bethany House publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.