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A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Return to Blessing, North Dakota, with the story of Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold. After graduating in May of 1900, the two make plans to marry once the harvest is over and their new house is finished. They spend the summer working hard, and the Lord seems to shine on and in them in a special way. Everyone rejoices in their happiness. Everyone except for Toby Valders, who is determined to get even for all the drubbings he has taken from Andrew through the years. Andrew, however, has promised Ellie there will be...
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A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Series #1)

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Overview

Return to Blessing, North Dakota, with the story of Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold. After graduating in May of 1900, the two make plans to marry once the harvest is over and their new house is finished. They spend the summer working hard, and the Lord seems to shine on and in them in a special way. Everyone rejoices in their happiness. Everyone except for Toby Valders, who is determined to get even for all the drubbings he has taken from Andrew through the years. Andrew, however, has promised Ellie there will be no more fistfights. But when their new barn burns--and many of their possessions and dreams with it--Andrew throws his vows of nonviolence aside, reaping bitter consequences. Why is the life he has so looked forward to now unraveling so quickly? (Daughters of Blessing Book 1)
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Editorial Reviews

romancedesigns.com
"A very well written return to the Red River series, I was easily able to place myself in 1900 North Dakota. The attention to detail and extensive research gave this reader a wonderful sense of time and place. The trials and tribulations of farming and living off the land, the discovering of their faith and living within that faith are aptly portrayed. The cast of characters were well rounded, interesting, and realistic as well. "
Christian Book Previews.com
If you have a love for historical fiction, get this book! When I finished reading it I was inspired and encouraged to appreciate the little things in life, taking nothing for granted. Life is never easy, but it's worth the glorious journey and we come out of our hard times stronger and wiser, realizing how God was and is with us every step of the way.
B. J. Sedlock
Snelling creates some good word-pictures, as in a scene where a mother gives a toddler a piece of candy, then reaps the sticky consequences. The main characters are well developed, and I didn't feel the lack of not having read the original series. (B.J. Sedlock, Historical Novels Review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441203465
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Daughters of Blessing Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 27,466
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling
LAURAINE SNELLING is the bestselling, award-winning author of over forty novels. She also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.
Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visit www.laurainesnelling.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    Very Disappointing

    Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to all her new books. But I am sorry to say I thought this book was extremely BORING. It literally put me to sleep at night. I am a huge fan of the Red River series and was looking forward to the return series but I honestly don't think I will be buying the next book.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The Story Continues...

    I love the Bjorkland family and I'm glad that we are able to again join with another generation of the family. The original series, Red River of the North, was excellent as was the second series with Thorliff. I love how there is so much detail about prairie life, this time new and old worlds collide as Thorliff's wife is now the doctor of the area. All the familiar faces are still around, making cameos at least. I really liked Ellie. She was practical, reasonable, patient, and understanding. She was able to stand up to Andrew even when he was being completely stubborn. Andrew's temper has been brought up in past books as a forewarning that it would get him into trouble someday. I kind of got annoyed with him sometimes. I know that he loved Ellie and wanted to be with her, but his actions and attitude were very childish. When his father tried to give him reasons about why he should wait a bit for the wedding, which IMO were very reasonable, Andrew throws a tantrum. He gets mad that Ellie wants to go to her own bridal shower. He keeps thinking she's cheating on him. When the climax happens, I know this sounds sadistic, but I'm glad Andrew finally realizes he's gone over the edge and now has to pay the consequences. I never got bored reading this book, I love the historical detail, I love all the background stories from the characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series. At this rate Lauraine will never leave the town of Blessing which is perfectly fine with me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    deep historical tale

    In 1900 Blessing, North Dakota, Ellie Wold and Andrew Bjorklund have planned to marry since grade school. They finally announce the date to follow the harvest to everyone¿s elation except perhaps long time nemesis Toby Valders, who tasted Andrew¿s fists over the years. However, happy for his son and pleased that Ellie will soon be his daughter, Andrew¿s dad Haaken asks the couple to delay the date a bit longer. While Andrew is frustrated and upset, Ellie assumes that her future father-in-law has a justifiable reason though he does not share it with anyone. Andrew is angry at his father for making such a request, but also at his beloved Ellie who remains calm making him wonder if she loves him. He takes out his anger on completing the construction of their barn. When fire destroys their new barn and what Andrew stowed inside, he assumes Toby did it. Though he promised his fiancée no fisticuff solutions, a raging Andrew burns his pledge of nonviolence to go after Toby this upsets Ellie who wonders if he will use his fists when they argue. --- Returning to Blessing, scene of the Red River of the North series, Lauraine Snelling provides her readers with a deep historical tale starring a couple who seems destined for a life together since grade school. However, his temper may cost both of them everything as he has major anger control issues. The dispute between Toby and Andrew provides the message that violence is never an answer whether it is based on assumptions leading to presumptive strikes or hard core evidence turn the other cheek enables a victim to calm down long enough to learn rationally the truth. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Wonderfull book, series and Author!!

    I really enjoyed this book and this series!! I LOVE the Bjorklund family!! I started this series before i knew it was part of the Red river Of The north series!! I looking forward to reading the rest of this series and the other series about the Bjorklund family!!
    I would recomend the book an series to everyone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    A love of historical fiction

    Lauraine Snelling's A Promise for Ellie tugs at the heartstrings with a story of young love and the raw emotions that erupt during tragedy. Life is never easy, but it's worth the glorious journey.

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