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
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764218989
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Inspirational

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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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling has us traveling to Benson’s Corner, Minnesota in August of 1910. Rune and Signe Carlson are moving into their new home with their children. Gerd Strand will also be joining them leaving her old home for Nilda and her younger brother, Ivar. Nilda is enjoying living in America with her family, but she still has nightmares of Dreng Nygaard attacking her. They are becoming less frequent and she hopes they will go away with time. Rune and Signe have a housewarm A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling has us traveling to Benson’s Corner, Minnesota in August of 1910. Rune and Signe Carlson are moving into their new home with their children. Gerd Strand will also be joining them leaving her old home for Nilda and her younger brother, Ivar. Nilda is enjoying living in America with her family, but she still has nightmares of Dreng Nygaard attacking her. They are becoming less frequent and she hopes they will go away with time. Rune and Signe have a housewarming party and Nilda finds that she has two gentlemen interested in courting her. Petter Thorvaldson, a lumberjack they met on their trip to Benson’s Corner, and Fritz Larsson, the local schoolteacher, are both interested in Nilda. The family then receives news that their father has passed away and Gunlaug Carlson, their mother, wishes to immigrate to America to be near her children which pleases the family. Nilda and Ivar are invited to a young person’s social at Mrs. Gertrude Schoenleber’s home and the ladies quickly whip up a new dress for Nilda to wear. Nilda is shocked when Petter walks in with Dreng. That night her nightmares return with a vengeance, and Nilda is afraid Dreng will exact revenge he promised. Mrs. Schoenleber offers Nilda a position as her assistant which will provide wonderful opportunities for Nilda. The only downside of her new job is encountering Dreng who has managed to charm the local ladies. Will Nilda be able to move forward with her life or will Dreng’s attack continue to haunt her? A Season of Grace is the third installment in Under Northern Skies series. This is a series that you need to read in order. Each book in Under Northern Skies series builds upon the previous one. We have watched the various characters adapt to America and they are beginning to prosper. Rune and Signe are thrilled to have their own home, but they do not want to leave Gerd behind. Gerd has blossomed since the Carlson’s have come into her life and she has come out of her shell since her husband passed away. I have enjoyed watching Gerd’s journey. The focus of A Season of Grace is Nilda. She is given a wonderful opportunity by Mrs. Schoenleber that will allow her to learn how to read and write English properly, meet new people, live in a larger city, learn proper etiquette, get new clothing and a chance to travel. Lauraine Snelling has created such lovely, heartwarming characters that I look forward to visiting in each new Under Northern Skies book. I like hearing about how the farm is prospering. We get to experience the daily life on a farm which includes taking care of the animals, making their own cheese and butter, cutting wood to keep the fireplaces going, butchering the animals, making soap, creating their furniture, and much more. If you are looking for a book full of action, then A Season of Grace is not for you. There is activity at the end of the story as Nilda’s story with Dreng reaches its climax. Dreng is the dark element in the story. The Christian elements are beautifully woven into the story. The family is grateful for each blessing in their life. Prayer, grace, hope, and forgiveness are other Christian elements in the book. A Season of Grace proceeds at a gentle pace which I enjoyed. It allowed me to appreciate and absorb the story. I am giving A Season of Grace 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I look forward to visiting the Carlson family again in the next Under Northern Skies novel.
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  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    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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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Season of Grace is book three from Lauraine Snelling's Under the Northern Skies series. This one is my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed being taken back in time to 1910 Minnesota and she how the immigrants of Norway were living then. I just loved Nilda and admired her strength and courage. I was rooting for her until the end.I give A Season of Grace four stars. I am looking to the next book in the series. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. A Season of Grace is book three from Lauraine Snelling's Under the Northern Skies series. This one is my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed being taken back in time to 1910 Minnesota and she how the immigrants of Norway were living then. I just loved Nilda and admired her strength and courage. I was rooting for her until the end.I give A Season of Grace four stars. I am looking to the next book in the series. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Linn
    January 1, 1970
    This series is like Little House on the Prairie for grownups and I am completely obsessed. When I found that the 4th book of this series isn't out until August, I almost cried. Yes, I have issues and I could care less, as long as I can keep reading these books. Why I can't stop reading them, I don't know. All I know is I need August to get here super fast.
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  • Highland-dreamer
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book in this series. The book started off seemingly in the middle of a plot already. Having not read the other books, I didn’t know any of the characters, who was a child of whom, and who was sister to whom... it was all very confusing. And ages, I have no idea how old anyone is! 6 chapters in, there is no focus on one character, yet the book description clearly defines Nilda as the main character. I was disappointed and decided not to finish. There is no discernible plot and n This was my first book in this series. The book started off seemingly in the middle of a plot already. Having not read the other books, I didn’t know any of the characters, who was a child of whom, and who was sister to whom... it was all very confusing. And ages, I have no idea how old anyone is! 6 chapters in, there is no focus on one character, yet the book description clearly defines Nilda as the main character. I was disappointed and decided not to finish. There is no discernible plot and no definitive main characters to follow. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters or story. Had I known I needed to read the previous books to enjoy or follow this book, I would not have picked it up.
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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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  • Donia
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the cover; enjoyed the historical setting but as with other Snelling's books, I was left confused and perplexed. Immediately the reader is inundated with countless characters. There were so many characters at the beginning of this book that I couldn't keep them straight. Page after page I kept flipping back and forth trying to figure out if I needed to remember all the different names people because later I might need them.I put the book down, tried again but as I read further I became mor Loved the cover; enjoyed the historical setting but as with other Snelling's books, I was left confused and perplexed. Immediately the reader is inundated with countless characters. There were so many characters at the beginning of this book that I couldn't keep them straight. Page after page I kept flipping back and forth trying to figure out if I needed to remember all the different names people because later I might need them.I put the book down, tried again but as I read further I became more and more confused and then annoyed by the wandering story and seeming lack of plot. It's such a tragedy that this book meanders so for I really wanted to enjoy it. I once lived in Northern Minnesota; knew many Norwegian people and was fascinated with the customs still evidenced from the "old country". I have found similar issues with other of Snelling books. The older ones were better because apparently she didn't assume we all knew all of her characters but her more recent stories are stuffed with extraneous characters. If a character isn't central to a plot can't they be referred to as "another neighbor or another coworker " or something like that instead of by a name? If one reads books by other authors, such as I do, I don't retain a family history of Snelling characters!!!! To have to remember dozens of names from year to year waiting for each new Snelling book to come out is virtually impossible. I can't recall all 100 people that I'm related for heaven's sake so why would I do that for an author?
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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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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story of a young woman (Nilda) who came to Minnesota from Norway, with her two brothers. The brothers have started cutting trees and looking at other opportunities to make a success now that they have finished building their home. Nilda their sister has landed a job with one of the wealthy businesswoman in a nearby town who is teaching her to speak English. Other things learned were how to act around the people she invites for socials. When she found out that the man who tried to assau This is a story of a young woman (Nilda) who came to Minnesota from Norway, with her two brothers. The brothers have started cutting trees and looking at other opportunities to make a success now that they have finished building their home. Nilda their sister has landed a job with one of the wealthy businesswoman in a nearby town who is teaching her to speak English. Other things learned were how to act around the people she invites for socials. When she found out that the man who tried to assault her while back in Norway was now living in their town and would possibly be coming to socials at her employer’s home wanted to give up this opportunity. When her employer noticed Nilda’s discomfort around him pressed her to share her story. Although he said he was sorry Nilda was fearful around him. Would his true colors come through once her guard is lowered? This is a familiar problem which many women have experienced. This was an interesting book especially during the time frame. This is the only book of this series I have read.
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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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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    A Season of Grace is my favorite in the Under Northern Skies series. At least until book 4 comes out. This one starts to slowly turn the focus of the story onto Nilda. More characters from Norway join the family in America and the family even grows a little. I’m enjoying this series so far. It’s written well and perfectly paced. I have yet to actually lose interest while reading it.I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Under Northern Skies series and I hope there’s at least two more book A Season of Grace is my favorite in the Under Northern Skies series. At least until book 4 comes out. This one starts to slowly turn the focus of the story onto Nilda. More characters from Norway join the family in America and the family even grows a little. I’m enjoying this series so far. It’s written well and perfectly paced. I have yet to actually lose interest while reading it.I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Under Northern Skies series and I hope there’s at least two more books because I would hate for it to end. Highly recommend to fans of Mrs. Snelling.
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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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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd in the series and since it was some time ago that I read the first two, a list of characters would’ve been helpful, it seemed like you came in the middle of a story. Nilda’s dreams are coming true, the first months in America had been hard but now the farm is growing and she has a dream job as an assistant to a wealthy lady. The only flaw is the man from Norway that had tried to assault is here and she has to meet him often. She is trying to forgive him, but she can’t forget what This is the 3rd in the series and since it was some time ago that I read the first two, a list of characters would’ve been helpful, it seemed like you came in the middle of a story. Nilda’s dreams are coming true, the first months in America had been hard but now the farm is growing and she has a dream job as an assistant to a wealthy lady. The only flaw is the man from Norway that had tried to assault is here and she has to meet him often. She is trying to forgive him, but she can’t forget what he did. One thing that really showed in the book was how hard they all had to work to survive.
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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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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Got a little bogged down in the minutia, and had to make myself finish. A good tale, but doesn't have the appeal of the Red River series - yet. Possibly was because I was trying to read too many books at once and didn't give it my full attention. I'll keep an eye out for the sequel, but to be honest, I may have to start the series over at some point, as I am losing track of the characters.Still, Snelling is one of my favorite authors, and I like learning about pioneer life from her stories.
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't not going to read the third book right after finishing the second. Yay for Nilda! I'm glad this book mainly focused on her. Not that I don't like Signe and Rune, but we know about them already. Nilda is having guy problems. Which one should she begin courting with? What about the one who wants to hurt her? (That was taken care of thankfully, even though I wished it had worked out better.)
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  • Rita
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all 3 books and surely hope there will be more. This is the everyday life story of a family who came from Norway and settle in Minnesota. Life is hard, and things don't always go the way planned, but they are finally beginning to thrive in their new surroundings --- What fun when they are learning to speak English. Really nice read.
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  • Kimberly Bowie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story! It moved along at a nice pace. While I was anxious to see how it ended, I was sorry to get to the finish. The characters are so wonderful. I recommend this story for anyone looking for a good, clean read. I love how this story is rooted in scripture to validate reactions and feelings.
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  • Erin Hagemeister
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Books 1 & 2 in this series, but this one just did not land for me. It was boring and felt forced. The story was predictable and lacked the tension needed to keep me turning the pages. I kept reading because I am hopeful that Book 4 will not disappoint! Hoping for a reunion between Gunlaug and Ingeborg!
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  • rob
    January 1, 1970
    GoodThis side of ingeborg's family in Minnesota has grown on me tremendously. This was a good book. A lot of good things happened it did end bitter sweet but I know there is a fourth book after this one.
  • 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.
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