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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. This relates to "Cassie" in 1906: "Known officially as the Shooting Princess--her mother had been a member of the Norwegian royal family, thus the princess tag..." This could not have been. The fact is that a Norwegian royal family had not existed for four hundred some years, while Norway had been under Denmark or Sweden. In 1905 Norway by plebiscite adopted a Danish prince and his English wife to become their new king and queen after independence had been granted from Sweden.
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on June 11, 2011
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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on January 7, 2014
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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