A Measure of Mercy (Home to Blessing Series #1)

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Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has been studying medicine under Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund's direction and dreams of joining her practice in Blessing. But when a missionary arrives and tells of the need for medical ministry in Africa, he seems to look directly at her. Could God be calling her to go to Africa?

Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he's never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town he seeks to court her, and love begins to bloom. When the opportunity ...

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Overview

Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has been studying medicine under Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund's direction and dreams of joining her practice in Blessing. But when a missionary arrives and tells of the need for medical ministry in Africa, he seems to look directly at her. Could God be calling her to go to Africa?

Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he's never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town he seeks to court her, and love begins to bloom. When the opportunity opens for Astrid to go to Chicago for further training, she finds it difficult to leave home...and Joshua. They agree to correspond, but after receiving only one letter from him, she learns he's left town—again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous, heart-wrenching decision. Will she regret the choice she's made?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764206092
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Home to Blessing Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 226,046
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over two million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband live in Tehachapi, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Ended up not liking the book!

    I started reading this book and thought I would like it. After
    fifty something pages I lost interest in the book. I kept reading thinking it had to get better. (something I do sometimes then am really annoyed when I finish the book and it isn't any better) When she left to go to Chicago is when I lost interest.
    I found the chapters of her gone interesting but not the chapters of her home. The characters did not hold my interest and I skipped chapters until I was reading about her again in Chicago. The ending was not good to abrupt. It was just a waste of my time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Recommend

    Excellent

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    It's Time To Return To Blessing And Receive A Measure of Mercy

    I had the privilege of interviewing Lauraine Snelling, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "A Measure Of Mercy" Book One in the Home To Blessing series published by Bethany House.

    This is the fourth series of books that return us to the Red River Valley in North Dakota and the fictional town of Blessing. This time the focus is on Astrid Bjorklund who has been studying under her sister-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund, to be a doctor. Now the time has come to go to Chicago and learn everything that she can over there and receive a medical degree. After that Astrid will return home To Blessing to help Elizabeth build and open a hospital which the two of them will run. Just before she is to leave a medical missionary from Africa comes and Astrid feels that this man is talking directly to her and that God wants her to go to Africa to be a much needed doctor for two years.

    Compounding things Joshua Landsverk returns to Blessing with two things on his mind: 1) to make a living not farming and to court Astrid. He manages to get work and begins to build a home but the courting comes to a halt due to her leaving for Chicago. 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.

    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 and be looking out for the second book in the series.

    If you missed the interview for "A Measure Of Mercy" and would like to listen to it please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand.

    To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org

    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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Measure of Mercy-Lauraine Snelling

    She is one of the best. Her characters are so real that when you finish a book about Blessing, You miss the people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    These series need to be made into a Hallmark movie series!

    Lauraine is a great author! Love these series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    I enjoyed this book, and the others in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    It needs another star or two 5 is not enough!

    A good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great book

    It is a great book

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Check this one out

    I really enjoyed reading this book but I was really shocked that it ended as abruptly as it did. I was disappointed that it did not give closure to some of the characters.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Highly recommended!! Another great series book!

    This book was a great read will look forward to reading the next book in series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Disappointed

    Leaves you hanging at the end. Very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    As usual Lauraine Snelling manages to give an account of life as a christian during this time period while allowing you to almost experience it yourself. Great Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a very good book, it held my attention throughout the entire book

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Loved it!

    This book is really great- I bought the second in the series after enjoying this so much!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Wonderful

    Great read. What rural life was like in 1903North Dakota. Great glimpse of the past, family, religion and family. Family values, no four letter words or sex to fill a page. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Good read!

    I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Good Start to the Series

    This is a complete book, but like all first books in a series, the ending does leave you hanging. I just got my nook and have hundreds of free books i want to go through, but I marked this series as awesome so when I run out of freebies, I will purchase and read this entire series. You will fall in love with all of the characters!

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    disappointing

    the character's in the story were great.but the story dragged and I was really expecting a better ending. I love these kind of stories with the faith of god to guide them but to not be able to look forward to seeing two people fall in love disappoints me . I felt like if I just kept reading more in the story they would get to know each other fall in love.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Astrid's Tale

    I was totally excited as always to return to the wonderful characters from Blessing, North Dakota. This time we finally get to read Astrid's story, one I have been waiting for a long time. The story has everything that I've grown to love about characters in this community and introduces more of the outside world and their settings. This time around we are also introduced to the plight of the missionary world which Astrid struggles with a desire to go and become a missionary there.

    Something I have noticed seems to be a trend these days in historical fiction is the rise of women doctors out on the prairie in the 1800s. Before Dr. Quinn came on TV, I could have sworn that it was an anomaly to see or read about it in popular culture. Now it's all the rage to have that outspoken, brave female take on the man's world. Astrid is one of these women who learns from her sister in law the ways of the medical field. There are several scenes in the book that are not for the faint of heart. I would not recommend eating during the scenes where Astrid is in medical school. One particular scene made me gag during my lunch. It's not very graphic but it is not something you want to read while eating.

    To be honest, at least from this book, I wasn't a big fan of Joshua. Just the way he viewed some things didn't really gel with me especially how he viewed Native Americans.. I am actually kind of hoping that he and Astrid DON'T end up together by the final book in this series. In fact I think it would be more interesting if Astrid ends up with Red Hawk. I wouldn't count this out happening either because Snelling totally pulled a switch a roo on me in a previous series that I didn't see coming. Overall I was very excited for this book. It has everything I enjoy in a Snelling series and I'm just looking forward to the next one to continue the story.

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