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Heart for Home, A Hardcover – Mar 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208171
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,579,529 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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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 95 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brovo Oct. 1 2016
By Bobbie - Published on Amazon.com
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I am hopelessly in love with all of books in the whole Blessing series... I have not only read them all but for the third time now and I find I am just as excited to start the next one as I was on the first time of reading them. I get such a blessing from the strong Christian foundation in these books, that I find myself praying for some of the same prayers. I have grown up in a loving Christian home with a God fearing Grandmother that was a great example of "living your Faith". No one was ever turned away, and there was always enough food for one more... so this series hit home. I thank Lauraine for following God's guidance and using her talent of writing to Bless me and I know so many others.. I can't say it enough to those who think they might want to read this series LOOK NO FURTHER this is a MUST READ. But start from the beginning that would be An Untamed Land, be ready for an amazing tale of a journey to a new land a strong Christian historical fiction that will leave you begging for more of the story..
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 7 2016
By Lizzy Mayes - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful read. I am addicted to Lauraine Snelling books. I am so elated that she has so many. The ongoing saga of the Bjorkland family in the late 1800's to early 1900's is very interesting. I find this book as well as some of her others to be riveting and I am either smiling, crying, mad or very relieved. Lauraine has a way of evoking many emotions in her books and I love how she crafts a sentence and has such a knowledge of human nature. My all time favorite has to be though how these are filtered through a Christian perspective and that is also enjoyable for this reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Series Aug. 18 2016
By S. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't believe I didn't write a review for this book - I read all of Lauraine Snellings books and loved all of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 26 2016
By Mary M. Langford - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you for such an uplifting book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A letdown that I didn't expect. March 15 2011
By Jacasni - Published on Amazon.com
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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!