A Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies #3)
In 1910 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's dreams are coming true. Though her first few months in America were difficult, her life now resembles the images that filled her daydreams in Norway. She and her younger brother Ivar live in their own house, just a short distance from her older brother and his family. Together they work the farm and fell trees for lumber. They plan to grow a dairy herd, weave rugs out of their own wool, and make skis to sell. Everything is going right.The only thing missing from Nilda's life is love. But though she has two suitors--a quiet schoolteacher and a handsome lumberjack--Nilda feels hesitant. A terrifying experience in Norway has made her cautious where men are concerned. When she thinks she sees the man in question, all her fears come flooding back. Is it possible the danger has followed her across the Atlantic? If Dreng Nygaard is truly in Minnesota, all of her dreams for the future could come crashing down around her.

A Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies #3) Details

TitleA Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies #3)
Author
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764218989
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian

A Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies #3) Review

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    This is going to be hard to review. If you know me at all, you know Lauraine Snelling is my favorite historical fiction author, and there have only been one or two books of hers that I did not like, but unfortunately, this is another of them. It was delightful to catch up with all of my favorite characters in Blackduck, MN, and the addition of more family from Norway coming to America was very cool. I love the sibling relationship between Nilda, Rune, and Ivar. And of course, the little boys and This is going to be hard to review. If you know me at all, you know Lauraine Snelling is my favorite historical fiction author, and there have only been one or two books of hers that I did not like, but unfortunately, this is another of them. It was delightful to catch up with all of my favorite characters in Blackduck, MN, and the addition of more family from Norway coming to America was very cool. I love the sibling relationship between Nilda, Rune, and Ivar. And of course, the little boys and Kirstin are adorable as well. Overall, while I didn't particularly mind the meandering storyline, I was frustrated by the complete lack of plot. Like, there was literally *no* plot whatsoever. Nothing seemed to ever really happen, there was no climax until 95% of the way through the book, and then that wasn't really a climax either. And the last 5% of the book didn't wrap up much at all. Nothing significant worth speaking of. And I have to say, it looks like book 4 will be a lot of the same, which is incredibly disappointing to me. All in all, this is not one of Snelling's gems, and I probably won't reread it, although I might buy a copy to keep with the rest of my series. ;) CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 17+ due to mature themes. (view spoiler)[There is mention of the man who tried to take advantage of Nilda in the last book, and there is a semi-detailed attempted rape, but it is stopped before much happens. (hide spoiler)]FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Nilda, a recent arrival in Minnesota from Norway, hopes a person from her past does not follow her to Minnesota. In the new country she finds two new chances at love, but the past still haunts her. While I enjoyed the glimpses into settler life, I did not enjoy the overall story which seemed disjointed. I normally enjoy immigrant stories, and I appreciate the faith expressed in the lives of the settlers, but this book simply didn't work for me. The novel does not make me want to try other works Nilda, a recent arrival in Minnesota from Norway, hopes a person from her past does not follow her to Minnesota. In the new country she finds two new chances at love, but the past still haunts her. While I enjoyed the glimpses into settler life, I did not enjoy the overall story which seemed disjointed. I normally enjoy immigrant stories, and I appreciate the faith expressed in the lives of the settlers, but this book simply didn't work for me. The novel does not make me want to try other works by the author. (2.5 stars)
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  • Yvette
    January 1, 1970
    This is a lovely slice of life story about Norwegian immigrants in early 20th Century Northern Minnesota, with drama provided by the appearance of the charming but menacing Dreng Nygaard, that is as neatly wrapped up as possible given that it appears to be the middle book in a story arc that focuses primarily on Nilda Carlson.  As such, reading the series in order will likely enhance the reader's engagement with the characters and improve the reading experience. While the writing is good, it has This is a lovely slice of life story about Norwegian immigrants in early 20th Century Northern Minnesota, with drama provided by the appearance of the charming but menacing Dreng Nygaard, that is as neatly wrapped up as possible given that it appears to be the middle book in a story arc that focuses primarily on Nilda Carlson.  As such, reading the series in order will likely enhance the reader's engagement with the characters and improve the reading experience. While the writing is good, it has the feel of an older book aimed at a younger audience.  A rather pleasant choice for those who prefer their Historical Fiction to be light, quick reads with minimal romance.This review refers to an advanced digital galley read courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley.  All opinions expressed are my own. This is an edited version of the full review first published on bookworlder.wordpress.com
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  • Terry Houchin
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy to get the last book in the Under Northern Skies Series by Lauraine Snelling. This series is wonderful. Thank you NetGalley for providing the book in exchange for my honest review.As I mentioned previously this is the last book in the series. I just went back and re-read the first chapter to see if this book made sense as a stand alone, and it does. So, I guess, technically you could read this book without having read the other two before it, but it makes this book so much better I was so happy to get the last book in the Under Northern Skies Series by Lauraine Snelling. This series is wonderful. Thank you NetGalley for providing the book in exchange for my honest review.As I mentioned previously this is the last book in the series. I just went back and re-read the first chapter to see if this book made sense as a stand alone, and it does. So, I guess, technically you could read this book without having read the other two before it, but it makes this book so much better when you know the history behind Signe and Raul's coming to America. The relationship between Signe and Gerd when they first arrived in Minnesota and Gerd's husband Einar was still alive.That being said....This last book wraps up everything nicely. The book is filled with heartwarming characters that I loved getting to know.The community in this story is perfect. I loved seeing how they all work to help each other, it was touching. Made me wish for simpler times.I hope you decide to read this series.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence:August 1910The rocking chair on the porch made all the difference.Premise/plot: A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in the Under the Northern Skies series. The first two books in the series are The Promise of Dawn and A Breath of Hope. The books focus on a Norwegian immigrant family as they settle down in America at the turn of the century.The first book primarily focuses on Signe and Rune and their children. The second book introduces more of their family: Ni First sentence:August 1910The rocking chair on the porch made all the difference.Premise/plot: A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in the Under the Northern Skies series. The first two books in the series are The Promise of Dawn and A Breath of Hope. The books focus on a Norwegian immigrant family as they settle down in America at the turn of the century.The first book primarily focuses on Signe and Rune and their children. The second book introduces more of their family: Nilda and her brother Ivar. (Both are siblings of Rune.) The third book sees even more of their family coming over and settling in. (Including their mother) But in this third book the focus shifts considerably.The heroine is truly Nilda--and Nilda alone. She's been given an opportunity to work as a companion/assistant of sorts to a wealthy woman who lives in town. She is being taught social graces--learning English, learning the piano, learning social customs and niceties. There are socials nearly every week. Several men seem potentially interested in her. But one man continues to haunt her--or at the very least haunt her dreams. The man who attempted to sexually assault her back in Norway. Dreng.My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved the first two books in this series. I got very bonded with Signe and her family. Part of me wanted more of the same in this third book. I wanted to stay on the farm. I wanted the focus to be on the entire family: Signe, Rune, their three sons, their daughter; Ivar and Nilda; the new family members--widows both. I was enjoying this book--up to a point--the point where Dreng started becoming the central focus.I hated the fact that Nilda was discouraged from following her instincts. I hated the fact that even when Nilda spoke up about what happened to her in the past and spoke of his reputation--this wealthy society woman chose to keep inviting him into her home every week. I hated that she arranged for them to have a private meeting so that he could "apologize" to her and smooth things over. I hated that she was actively encouraged to socialize with the man who attempted to rape her. I hated that he knew where she lived. I hated that Nilda was isolated from her family. I don't think that Dreng would have been so bold to seek her out again and again and again if she'd remained on the farm surrounded by her brothers. (Though perhaps he would have all the same.) I hated that there was no distinction made between forgiveness as a step for personal healing and forgiveness as an invitation to welcome the abuser into one's life. I hated that when it came down to believing him or her--almost everyone believed him. "I've changed; I have. I'm no longer the man who did those things." "This wasn't a one time thing. He makes a habit of attacking women. He attacked me. I've talked to other women he's attacked. The women in our town talked to each other, looked out for one another, warned each other. His family knew about this and did nothing." She was essentially accused of privately slandering Dreng; she wasn't being fair to him. He could have changed. She doesn't know that he hasn't changed. He deserves the benefit of the doubt. It's a serious thing to cut someone socially and uninvite him into your home.Nilda needed a better advocate, a better friend.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    I jumped into the Under Northern Skies series with book three, A Season of Grace. While I could tell as I read that Snelling assumed her reader was familiar with the characters and their background, it did not keep me from understanding and enjoying this story set in 1910 Minnesota. Nilda Carlson and members of her family had immigrated from Norway. Nilda may have hoped to escape the memories of being assaulted by her employer's son, but those memories engulfed her as her assailant, also an im I jumped into the Under Northern Skies series with book three, A Season of Grace. While I could tell as I read that Snelling assumed her reader was familiar with the characters and their background, it did not keep me from understanding and enjoying this story set in 1910 Minnesota. Nilda Carlson and members of her family had immigrated from Norway. Nilda may have hoped to escape the memories of being assaulted by her employer's son, but those memories engulfed her as her assailant, also an immigrant, began to attend social events sponsored by her new employer. Nilda, torn between sharing his history with her employer and allowing him to prove himself a changed man, was not prepared for the events to come. I was especially drawn to the character of Tante Gerd in this story. An elderly aunt who had lived for decades under the negativity and controlling thumb of her husband, Tante Gerd's loving and cheerful personality was blossoming in her widowhood. She took full pleasure in all the blessings presented to her rather than allowing herself to be robbed of them by dwelling in the past. To the best of my memory, this is the first book that I have read by Lauraine Snelling. I do have several more in my Kindle library, and now look forward to reading them. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a copy of A Season of Grace in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Robin Willson
    January 1, 1970
    A good title! and love that cover. It was again so good to return to this family from Norway. Good to settle into the stories of the blessings in their lives mixed with hard work and coping with hardships, ups and downs, shared by all in this close family. They really make me hungry though, reading of the wonderful things they make to eat! The family lives on a farm, but Nilda is offered a position as an assistant to a very wealthy woman. Working for her is nothing like she left in Norway, as sh A good title! and love that cover. It was again so good to return to this family from Norway. Good to settle into the stories of the blessings in their lives mixed with hard work and coping with hardships, ups and downs, shared by all in this close family. They really make me hungry though, reading of the wonderful things they make to eat! The family lives on a farm, but Nilda is offered a position as an assistant to a very wealthy woman. Working for her is nothing like she left in Norway, as she is a kind and thoughtful person who loves to take care of people. Nilda is getting closer to two young men, but it remains to be seen if she will choose either of them. She is still pursued by the horrible young man who tried to abuse her in Norway, making for many tense times. Working through this with the support of her family and new friends is a learning experience for her - a stretching of her wings yet learning to rely on God and others for support. As always a fabulous read that you won't want to end.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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.”#AseasonOfGrace #NetGalley
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    A Season of Grace shares a tale of winter life in northern Minnesota in the early 1900’s highlighting the hardships, tragedies, and hard work that it took to survive during this time. This third novel in the series showcases a new era in the life of the extended Carlson family. Lauraine Snelling brings that feeling of family, faith, and community to readers as she continues her story of the expanding Carlson family. This story centers around Nilda, one of the newest arrivals from Norway, as she A Season of Grace shares a tale of winter life in northern Minnesota in the early 1900’s highlighting the hardships, tragedies, and hard work that it took to survive during this time. This third novel in the series showcases a new era in the life of the extended Carlson family. Lauraine Snelling brings that feeling of family, faith, and community to readers as she continues her story of the expanding Carlson family. This story centers around Nilda, one of the newest arrivals from Norway, as she begins working and stretching her wings in the community. This novel had a bit of the dark to it as an uncertain presence from the past shows up in Benson’s Corner. Read this engaging historical family saga to further your acquaintance with the Carlson family and to find out how Nilda deals with her ghost from the past. If you enjoy historical fiction at a slow, comfortable pace, this book will be perfect for you. A great book for a rainy afternoon and a cozy cup of tea! This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This book was filled with love, family, forgiveness, and God’s amazing grace. There were so many wonderful examples of faith throughout this book. The way this family prayed and trusted God with their lives was inspiring something we should all take note of and try to emulate in our own lives.I love getting deeper into each member of these families lives. I love Nilda and her story in this book was incredibly interesting and at times, suspenseful. I can’t wait to see more from her and everyone e This book was filled with love, family, forgiveness, and God’s amazing grace. There were so many wonderful examples of faith throughout this book. The way this family prayed and trusted God with their lives was inspiring something we should all take note of and try to emulate in our own lives.I love getting deeper into each member of these families lives. I love Nilda and her story in this book was incredibly interesting and at times, suspenseful. I can’t wait to see more from her and everyone else.I found this book heartwarming, and I loved reading about the “simpler times”. They had to work so hard back then; they worked for their food and shelter. Sitting around the table together was normal and enjoying coffee with friends was an excellent treat. Family should always be the most important thing, only after God, but it seems that life has become more about material gain now days.Recommendation: I loved traveling back in time to this way of life. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 3 in this series and it was very good.You should read book#1 and book#2 before you read this one so you know who the characters are.The main character is Nilda who lived in Norway and came to the United States with her brother Ivar to live with their older brother Rune and his family.Nilda and Ivar meet a very rich lady(Mrs. Schoenleber) on the train and she takes them under her wing and invites them to stay at her house until they are reunited with family.After they are settled wit This is book 3 in this series and it was very good.You should read book#1 and book#2 before you read this one so you know who the characters are.The main character is Nilda who lived in Norway and came to the United States with her brother Ivar to live with their older brother Rune and his family.Nilda and Ivar meet a very rich lady(Mrs. Schoenleber) on the train and she takes them under her wing and invites them to stay at her house until they are reunited with family.After they are settled with Rune's family ,Mrs.Schoenberg invites Nilda to come live with her & work for her.She buys clothes for her and pays for a teacher to teach her the English language and the piano.They have servants there to do everything for them.Nilda has never had anything like this before and enjoys it but misses being with her family.Her new life is going pretty good until someone from her past shows up to cause her problems again.Will Nilda be able to find happiness and peace with this intruder back in her life?
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  • Carolyn Scheidies
    January 1, 1970
    While this could be read as a stand-alone, it is much richer if read in the context of the world Snelling has created around the town of Blessing. This book is from the series Under Northern Skies #3. While this family has a connection to the family that located in Blessings, this is a different location. But as always, Snelling draws us into the family and into the time period. We hear the creak of the harness and groan at the never-ending labor put in to create a life in the new land. This is While this could be read as a stand-alone, it is much richer if read in the context of the world Snelling has created around the town of Blessing. This book is from the series Under Northern Skies #3. While this family has a connection to the family that located in Blessings, this is a different location. But as always, Snelling draws us into the family and into the time period. We hear the creak of the harness and groan at the never-ending labor put in to create a life in the new land. This is not a romance, though there are threads that will come together in future books. Nilda is seeking to build a new life and is happy in her new situation. She has family and friends and a new job with a wealthy, caring businesswoman. She is frightened when she realizes the man that sent her escaping her home is now, not only in America but also in her town. Has he changed or is he waiting his chance to finish the assault from which she escaped last time? A story of family, trust, faith....and so much more.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Best-selling Christian author, Lorraine Snelling, has added a beautifully-written, new addition to her many novels about the Scandinavian immigrants who helped settle Minnesota. They are all well-written and full of interesting facts about the Norwegian culture. This book is another great story about the Carlson family with its many vivid characters and interesting cultural traditions. A Season of Grace is all about family, love and the powerful strength to be able to survive the early 1900's in Best-selling Christian author, Lorraine Snelling, has added a beautifully-written, new addition to her many novels about the Scandinavian immigrants who helped settle Minnesota. They are all well-written and full of interesting facts about the Norwegian culture. This book is another great story about the Carlson family with its many vivid characters and interesting cultural traditions. A Season of Grace is all about family, love and the powerful strength to be able to survive the early 1900's in the rural areas of the northern Midwest. I loved this book and highly recommend it! (I also love her Red River of the North series.) A Season of Grace is now available from Bethany House Publishers. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Nilda Carlson is trying to get over an attack she suffered at the hands of Dreng Nygaard. She hopes to start a new life in Blackduck MN but as she settles in she discovers that Dreng has also settled there. Nilda tries to give him a second chance as she establishes herself in a new life as the assistant to a wealthy woman. I really enjoyed this book as it is set about 100 miles south of where I live. The characters are real and the plot is fast paced and entertaining. So grab a cup of coffee, as Nilda Carlson is trying to get over an attack she suffered at the hands of Dreng Nygaard. She hopes to start a new life in Blackduck MN but as she settles in she discovers that Dreng has also settled there. Nilda tries to give him a second chance as she establishes herself in a new life as the assistant to a wealthy woman. I really enjoyed this book as it is set about 100 miles south of where I live. The characters are real and the plot is fast paced and entertaining. So grab a cup of coffee, as all the Norwegians I know, love their coffee and settle in for a lovely read.I was provided a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Marilyn Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars This is not your typical historical romance. This is the third in the Under Northern Skies series and I feel you need to read them all to get the best understanding of the story line. I have not read them all and struggled a little but it is still a good story. This series seems to focus on an entire family and friends, where they all play important rolls in the entire story. Nilda Carlson is the main character in this particular novel and she must learn a lot about herself and the cou 3.5 stars This is not your typical historical romance. This is the third in the Under Northern Skies series and I feel you need to read them all to get the best understanding of the story line. I have not read them all and struggled a little but it is still a good story. This series seems to focus on an entire family and friends, where they all play important rolls in the entire story. Nilda Carlson is the main character in this particular novel and she must learn a lot about herself and the country she now lives in.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I know this book was different then most of the other books like Ms. Snelling but I felt that she worked around the problem very well with out doing into to much detail. I think that Nelda and her family will come out ahead after going though this last year here in America and dealing with the mean Uncle and now this. Terrible times come to all of us and we can choose to going on or let it eat away at us. And I’m so glad that they chose to go on. I would have loved to have seen more of Kristen a I know this book was different then most of the other books like Ms. Snelling but I felt that she worked around the problem very well with out doing into to much detail. I think that Nelda and her family will come out ahead after going though this last year here in America and dealing with the mean Uncle and now this. Terrible times come to all of us and we can choose to going on or let it eat away at us. And I’m so glad that they chose to go on. I would have loved to have seen more of Kristen and Gerd because I love the relationship those two have.
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  • shirley adcox
    January 1, 1970
    A season of graceI love Lauraine Smelling books. She is a wonderful writer. She draws you into the story into you feel a part of it.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome readWhat a great addition to this series this book was. Great characters and superb story line. Would highly recommend this series to everyone that enjoys a great read.
  • Janet Friesner
    January 1, 1970
    Third book in this series. Continued on from the last ones. Comfortable, easy reading.
  • Tabitha Bouldin
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I have to admit that I cut my proverbial Christian Fiction teeth on Lauraine Snelling and Janette Oke so I am partial to their stories. That aside, Snelling is a weaver of wonderful storylines that always leave you coming back for more. Normally, I am not one who jumps into the middle or end of a series. That has been happening more and more lately, however, and I can usually count on Snelling to help clear the way when I do leap into a series at some random point. Her books tend t First of all, I have to admit that I cut my proverbial Christian Fiction teeth on Lauraine Snelling and Janette Oke so I am partial to their stories. That aside, Snelling is a weaver of wonderful storylines that always leave you coming back for more. Normally, I am not one who jumps into the middle or end of a series. That has been happening more and more lately, however, and I can usually count on Snelling to help clear the way when I do leap into a series at some random point. Her books tend to have a multitude of characters, and A Season of Grace is no different. While the story is primarily about Nilda, several plots from books previously written in the series are wrapped up in A Season of Grace. Snelling has a way of introducing you to characters so that they all become important to you. I spent years with the sprawling Bjorklund family in her multiple Blessing series, and to have this new family connected to them made me smile. It was nice to hear from familiar friends even as a new family captured my attention. The ability of Snelling to capture the essence of life and how it was lived in the remote lands is astounding. Her books cover more than just the desire of a woman to find a husband and raise a family.A Season of Grace wraps up the trouble Signe and Rune faced at the beginning of the series and brings Nilda's story into play. Nilda is plagued by the possible return of Dreng Nygaard. She must be stronger than ever before if she is to face this old threat in her new world. While most of the book is about Nilda's transition from farm life to that of assistant to a wealthy businesswoman, we get peeks into the budding romance between Nilda and her two potential suitors.As expected, A Season of Grace is written with God at the core of every matter. Every member of the family has a strong faith that they lean upon during every moment. Their ability to trust God always pushes me to broaden my own strength. All too often we try to handle matters ourselves when God is there waiting to take the burden from us. We only have to sacrifice our own will and wait for God's season of grace to fall upon us.I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Aurelia Mast-glick
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third in the Under the Northern Skies series and I am really enjoying this series. It's about a family that immigrated from Norway, first Rune and Signe and their children, then Rune's brother and sister, Ivar and Nilda, and then finally Rune's mom. To me, this series is book about real life. Bad stuff happens. When Rune's family gets there, they are shocked and dismayed at the conditions they are subjected to, but it gets better. It's a lot of hard work, but fun and laughter also co This is the third in the Under the Northern Skies series and I am really enjoying this series. It's about a family that immigrated from Norway, first Rune and Signe and their children, then Rune's brother and sister, Ivar and Nilda, and then finally Rune's mom. To me, this series is book about real life. Bad stuff happens. When Rune's family gets there, they are shocked and dismayed at the conditions they are subjected to, but it gets better. It's a lot of hard work, but fun and laughter also come.This third book is more about Nilda than the rest of the family. Honestly, if you read the second paragraph in the description of the book, it sounds like this is a love story. Here it is:The only thing missing from Nilda's life is love. But though she has two suitors--a quiet schoolteacher and a handsome lumberjack--Nilda feels hesitant. A terrifying experience in Norway has made her cautious where men are concerned. When she thinks she sees the man in question, all her fears come flooding back. Is it possible the danger has followed her across the Atlantic? If Dreng Nygaard is truly in Minnesota, all of her dreams for the future could come crashing down around her.But it's not. To me, that paragraph is not a very realistic picture of what the book is about. Yes, there was a terrifying experience in Norway and yes the man followed her to the United States. And Nilda had to really work on her feelings for him. She had to choose to forgive him and yes, there was some scary stuff going on. But the two suitors? They were hinted at a bit and the process was starting, but Nilda was involved in so much more than trying to decide what man to marry. To me the story is so much bigger than that. Like I said, this series of books is about real life.I will say that Nilda did land what appears to be a dream job, but it also involved a lot of hard work, with almost 24/7 English lessons and lessons on how to function in America with all the social rules, etc. of the day. And the book is about more than Nilda. The rest of the family is also actively portrayed in this book, along with some new characters. I don't want to say much more there, because I don't want to give any spoilers.Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series. I just love the honest down to earth way of writing Lauraine has in these books. The way the family deals with grief is to get busy, which is a little countercultural to today's philosophy a lot of times, but I think there is some truth in it as well. Along with that philosophy, you are looking at a family that is close knit and thriving.I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a review.
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