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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group; Lrg edition (March 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208188
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,840,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over sixty books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 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.

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This is the sixteenth book of Snelling's Bjorklund/Red River/Blessing saga, covering a quarter century timeline, which started with the Red River of the North series of six books, followed by the Return to Red River trilogy, the Daughters of Blessing quartet, and concluded with the Home to Blessing trilogy. For me it has been a long but enjoyable trek, despite some of the author's inconsistencies, inadequate research on some topics and her inauthentic naming of Norwegians (strange first name spellings or giving them Swedish patronyms ending in "son" instead of the correct "sen"). See my review for Untamed Land, An

Snelling is immaculate and fastidious when it comes to dialogue and describing feelings and events. The detail is sometimes excessive but on the whole does enhance the reading experience. Our mind's eye sees the events unfold credibly and meaningfully. Questioning God's will is a recurring theme in all these books. These were times when rural Americans did not question God's presence, influence or destiny in their lives which habit usually carried them trough hardship, grief and even disaster.

This book is a fine wrapping up of the Blessings saga. All the characters we have learned to love are at last enjoying contentment, progress and amicability. Finally, Astrid, Ingeborg's youngest, by her second husband, Haakan, is back home and ready to settle her own future course.

The end of the book has a preview chapter of Snelling's new book, Valley of Dreams. I was disappointed to see her lack of research fail her again.
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Very dissappointed in the ending of the the Triology.
Especially since many of the storylines where dropped and not further developed. There were side stories that should of been further explored. Why Emmy was in the barn abandoned is never further explored or questioned. What happened to Mrs. Moore who is pregant when Astrid leaves the reservation. The mystery behind the family who ordered the well was never brought up again. Joshua is dropped from the storyline half way through the book where he was a central character in the first and second book in this series.
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Wish I could find an author and series as interesting and well written as this one. Each book including this one was spellbinding and I didn't want to put it down. Great Historical Series of North Dakota.
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HASH(0x98622b7c) out of 5 stars A letdown that I didn't expect. March 15 2011
By Jacasni - Published on
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The Red River series is just about my favorite series of all time. I love the Norwegian/American work ethic - where they built a wonderful town from NOTHING, and the warm touches of romance. I have definite favorite characters, (Ingeborg and Haakan, Grace and Jonathan, Thorliff and Elizabeth, Rev. Solberg, and others),and some that don't grab me, (Sophie, Joshua Landsverk,and a very few others) I looked forward SO much to receiving this book. I preordered it, and when it came, everything else was set aside and I read it immediately.

The book was FLAT. It skipped around and the story wasn't developed, nor were the characters developed, like Snelling's other books. At times, I wondered if Lauraine Snelling really wrote it. Not much narrative.... just mostly surface dialogue. Couldn't stand Joshua Landsverk, and was glad that Astrid sent him packing - although it was obvious all through the book that he would end up with Miss Christopherson. OBVIOUS! It became hard to care about any situation, because there was so little written about so MUCH that could have been important stories in themselves, that just didn't happen. (the Indian epidemic, the Indian agent's wife, the new hospital, Astrid's romance, the Bjorkland family's cares etc. So MANY characters and so little about most of them.

Mr Jeffers seemed like a fine man, but we would have liked to have known him better, and maybe gotten a glimpse of his love for Astrid, and hers for him. Dr. Red Hawk made and appearance, but he seemed to be a very interesting character that I would like to have heard more of. Lots of loose ends! (The Indian agent's selfish immature wife for example .... Whatever happened to her? Those Indian nurses were peripheral and unnecessary to the book, although very necessary to the reservation.)

I MISSED HAAKAN.... my all time favorite character in Snelling's books. Haakan was there, but missing in the story for the most part. He is the man that all women hope to find. He and Ingeborg hardly interacted at all.
He was such a fringe character in this book. Most of the folks came off as caricatures - not the real people that I have come to expect from Lauraine's books. I read it all the way through, but felt really let down.

It was almost as if the author was thinking...."I just have to get this series finished, and be done with it".
I may stand alone on this one, but you can't love Snelling's books like I do, and not feel a bit robbed. Guess I will just haul out my RRN series and start over - I need a Bjorklund fix!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all Snelling's books about the Bjorklund family, and have, for the most part, loved them. I was so excited that Astrid got her own "series" of books in which to grow and develop and come into her own. But this conclusion to her story felt very rushed. I felt that though there were multiple interesting and undeveloped sub-stories, the main story remained relatively flat. I also thought it weird that she set up Joshua as the main love interest for Astrid for the first 2 books, and spent the majority of this book explaining why the relationship wouldn't work. Then, halfway through she introduces a new guy, spends almost no time developing him as a character and the relationship grows to marriage in about 4 chapters. I still like the book; it's a great look into what life was like at the turn of the century for 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, and for the most part, the characters are engaging and believable. Snelling fans will enjoy this finale to Astrid's story, as long as you don't expect it to be her best work.
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HASH(0x98622eac) out of 5 stars Wonderful book Jan. 18 2012
By Frank R. Gotch - Published on
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I found this (and the other two Home to Blessing books to be outstanding. I for one am very sorry to see this series end. I keep hoping the author will reconsider and continue with the series.
Even if you have not read the earlier books, you can follow the entire series quite well.
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HASH(0x98622da4) out of 5 stars Pioneer enjoyment with a family trail March 21 2011
By Jody Shaw - Published on
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Reading all the Snelling Dakota books makes for a true vision of what my ancestors did when they settled North Dakota. I can only hope that my family did not suffer the many trials and tribulations as did the ficticious members of the books, but if so I can only hope we survived. It gives me a better understanding of my North Dakota family.
HASH(0x98622fb4) out of 5 stars A Medical Crisis and Romance In Blessing Sept. 18 2012
By VicG - Published on
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I had the privilege of interviewing Lauraine Snelling, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "A Heart For Home" Book Three in the Home To Blessing series published by Bethany House.

This book picks up with Astrid Bjorklund and her friends on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota valiantly trying to stop the measles outbreak that the tribe was dying from. As the only doctor the strain is harder on her but the need is great and there are but a few of them to help. I am not giving the story away to let you know that Astrid does stop the epidemic it is what happens afterward that makes up the rest of the story.

Again while the focus is on Astrid that does not mean that all the other cast members of Blessing are missing. No indeed, they are all present and all have a part in the ongoing story. Astrid and her family do return to Blessing and she has to decide on her relationship with Joshua Landsverk. Blessing is growing and more characters are introduced into the storyline. It is fun to watch the town grow and develop.

The people of Blessing are so easy to fall in love with and Ms. Snelling is such a wonderful writer that we easily get caught up in everyone's life. These are wonderful people and we wish that we had these kind of people for our neighbors. There are wonderful themes that flow throughout the story, Family, love of God, friendship, hard work and Ms. Snelling makes them all elegant. To really understand what I am trying to say you would have to read the book. I guarantee that you will enjoy it. I am looking forward to the new series that Ms. Snelling is introducing in November.

If you missed the interview for "A Heart For Home" and would like to listen to it and/or the other two interviews in this series as well please go to Kingdom Highlights where it is available On Demand.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. 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."