To Everything a Season

To Everything a Season

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by Lauraine Snelling
     
 

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Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam

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Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764212185
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Learn more at www.laurainesnelling.com.

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To Everything a Season 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY TAKE: If you are a fan of Lauraine Snellings Red River Valley series this book is for you! I don't think this is Lauraines Best book. But it's still a really good book if you know the backstorys. I think Lauraine could've done a little better at making the book more about the supposed main characters. But if you look at it as Lauraine catching readers up on the Bjorklund family while introducing Tygrve (pronounced Trig-vee) and Miriam for the coming series it makes sense. When I read a new book in the series I usually have to skim through the past books to refresh my memory. (Although the family tree at the very first of this book was very helpful)! Last Lauraine wrote a new book about the Bjorklund family was in 2011 and she has four series based on the Bjorklunds! That's a lot of characters to keep up with! All in all I would recommend this book to fans of the Red River Valley series's because it could be majorly confusing for people who have not read previous series in this setting.but if you haven't read any of Lauraines previous books I definitely recommend you start with the Red River Valley series! The first historical romance book I ever read was Red River Of The North #1 An Untamed Land and now Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. Previous series include: #1 Red River Of The North #2 Return To Red River #3 Home To Blessing #4 Daughters Of Blessing #5 Song Of Blessing
BookJunkie15 More than 1 year ago
I want to start off by saying that the cover of this book is stunning! The detail and beauty of it is exquisite! Also, the title "To Everything a Season" fits just right for this book. This book is set in Blessing, North Dakota in 1905. One thing I was not expecting  was that it is about the whole town, the back of this book eludes to the fact that it is centered around Trygve and Miriam, the hero doesn't show up in the book until chapter five and the heroine a bit later.  There are two doctors in the town of Blessing, Astrid and Elizabeth, whom have their own books/stories written before this series, because of their work it gave the book a bit of excitement. Although toward the end it did get a bit slower. Ingeborg, who also had her own series, had an amazing faith. She was constantly praying for God's will and trusting and following His leading. She was an amazing woman! I loved all the characters and the whole town.  One thing I would like to say something about is this really didn't read like a first book to a new series. Because of this I felt a tad bit left behind when the book started. But it wasn't all bad, it just seemed like it needed something to make it seem more like the start of a new series. The end of the book was sad, but like the title explains there is a season for everything and that also made the story more life-like. The author is extremely talented, I could feel every emotion the characters were feeling. One other thing, this book ended on a extreme cliff-hanger, which of course is fine because I wanted to read the next book anyways but wouldn't be so wonderful for anyone who just likes stand-alones. There were just those few things I didn't like, there are a couple other things I didn't care for over much so but they wouldn't change my rating any, therefore I will leave those minor details out.  After all is said and done, I personally give this book 3 stars.  I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine. 
janesquires More than 1 year ago
A book of the seasons of life from beginning to end. A book of encouragement but also questions we ask God. The start of a hospital in Blessing. Nurses brought to town to train at hospital. Family life, the life of a rural town, and differences of beliefs. So many times I ask a question of God and found same question by someone in this book. A struggle with faith so many can relate to. I know some are seeking more than romance. This book offers much more. Their are babies born, difficulties, life happenings, and yes, even death. Have tissues ready near end. I highly recommend this book. It will leave you waiting for the next one.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
To Everything a Season is the first in Lorraine Snelling's new series about the town of Blessing.  It primarily revolves around Miriam, a Chicago nursing student there for training, and Trygve a local construction worker looking for dreams. There are many other characters also involved in the story to make it very realistic and enjoyable to read. It is primarily a story of normal family life in North Dakota. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
EmilyReviewer More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I have never read anything else by this author and she has already written other books for this book setting. So that's the first thing that's great about it, a reader does not have to have read any other books first before this one. I was able to catch on to all the character names and families just fine. This book had a super cute plot and a very realistic storyline. I liked Miriam and Trygve, the doctors, Manny, and little Inga the best. There are multiple side plots, as I call them, in this book. Little stories about what's going on for other people and it made me feel like I lived in Blessing too. The writing in this book was gorgeous and descriptive, I could picture all the scenes. The characters developed in the story and the reader gets to see multiple views, not just one character's ideas and life throughout the book. I chose this book based on the nurse and hospital part of the plot; I was not disappointed. One thing to note about this book is that it is the first book in a series. (The Song of Blessing) So there is a major cliffhanger and do not be alarmed like I was about not meeting the supposed main characters until halfway through the book. I was reading and reading, waiting to learn more about Trygve and to even meet Miriam, but I was satisfied when I did. I'm also now dying to read the next book! Overall, it was a really good book! I loved how Manny was introduced and accepted into Blessing and so many scenes with Trygve and Miriam were cute. The only complaints I could possibly even have would just be that I wish the reader would have gotten to learn more about Trygve's character. There was a lot about his work and his general life with his family, but not so much about his opinions and thoughts. He was still a great character though and I'd suggest this book to anyone who is interested in good historical fiction or interested in reading books about small towns. I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a free and honest review.
Alice_Knightly8 More than 1 year ago
What a gorgeous cover. :} Lauraine Snelling has a much slower style of writing than I prefer and it was hard for me to enjoy the moment by moment descriptions of the characters daily lives- I'm sure that it's refreshing and calming to some readers, but I got pretty bored. It was kind of strange to me that the hero wasn't even mentioned until chapter 5, and the heroine not until chapter 16...Haha  To Everything a Season was super clean, and there were parts that made me smile, but overall it just wasn't my style. The only truly negative thing here (besides my writing preferences) would be that the author seems to be introducing a multi-religion mindset, and characters that are lukewarm and negatively neutral. Again- that's just not what I like in my books.  I've heard good things about some of this authors earlier works, so perhaps sometime when I need a low key read I'll give one of those a try. :)
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I had a really hard time getting into this book. In the first chapter, I kept looking for the main characters to appear and trying to get a sense of the characters that were presented and how they fit with the main characters. When Trygve appeared, I thought - Now the story will take off. The first chapter Trygve was in was super interesting and I found myself settling in to the story. However, the very next chapter went off with other characters and I found myself searching for the story line again. Eventually Trygve and Miriam's story came together, but it was farther along in the book and by then I found myself so frustrated that I was skimming over sections of the book looking for them. I have read several Snelling books and consider myself a big fan. I still love her characters and her descriptiveness. However, I really didn't like the structure of this story, especially for it being the first in a new series. There were too many characters introduced at the beginning other than the main characters. In all fairness, perhaps I missed some vital information while I was skimming looking for Trygve and Miriam, but I just couldn't get into the stories of the other characters because I just wanted to read more of Trygve. Despite my lack of excitement for the book, I did really enjoy the historical aspect of the early look at the medical field in America. It was interesting to learn about women in the early medical field. I will have to read book two in the series. Perhaps it will make we want to come back and re-read book one? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Lauraine!!!!! I have been reading about the Bjorklund's and the town of Blessing, ND as long as Lauraine has been writing about them, this is the fifth series now and I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more than, I did the very first book! I don't know how else I can express my view except to say that if I have stuck with this 'family/town' that long, 16 books so far, this being the 17th with 2 more to go, they have to be amazing. The conclusion of this book will bring tears to your eyes and I am SOOOOO glad that I have the second book already, "A Harvest of Hope", so I can start reading it immediately. Oh yes, you will want to have it on hand so you can just move right along with this story. If you have not read any of the series connected to this one, look Lauraine's name up and start at the beginning, it will be well worth your time!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
 The time is 1905, in the fast growing, prosperous town of Blessing, North Dakota.   Miriam Hastings finds herself in Blessing, to work as a nurse in a very small and primitive hospital. It is an honor and great opportunity to further her skills.  She is torn between staying in Chicago with her family, a sick widowed mother, and younger siblings and going. Her family is very poor and she decides this training will benefit them financially.  She is surprised and delighted at the closeness of the community, not only to each other but to God. At the center of the community is the Bjorklund family, immigrants from Norway.  When Trygve Bjorklund meets the nurses at the station to escort them to living quarters, he is immediately drawn to Miriam, and wants to pursue a relationship.  Miriam on the other hand wants to get her training and get home to her family.  Romance is the last thing on her mind.  Trygve doesn’t give up, and his character and strong faith gradually draw her to him.  The story drew me into the residents of the town, especially the personal lives of the Bjorklunds.  Their trust in the Lord, high standards, and meek spirits drew me to them.  I loved being a part of their daily existence.  It gave me a warm happy feeling.  The characters and story weren’t saccharinely sweet or fake.  They were very real and I was encouraged by their constant reliance on the Lord. As peaceful as the town is, there was lots of excitement.  Losses, deaths, robberies, and even more challenges. The author follows the characters in detail in how they turn to God not matter what they face.  Miriam not only learns a lesson in what true commitment is, but also who Christ is.   She also discovers that life has a way of changing our plans. I wish the town of was a real place! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s descriptions and challenges in practicing medicine, not only in that era but also in such a small town.  Reliance on the Lord for healing was as much a part of being a doctor or a nurse, as the knowledge, tools and medicine.  I would definitely go visit.  The book was so great and made me feel such a part of it, I was disappointed when it ended and missed the people!  A well written, engaging book!  I received this book free from the publisher from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling in her new book, “To Everything a Season” Book One in the Song of Blessing series published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Miriam Hastings. From the back cover: Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings. Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago women’s hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone. When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve–and her chance at love–for good? I think that Lauraine Snelling is an exceptionally talented author. Ms. Snelling has created the most incredible characters in the Bjorklund family. Not only do they seem so real they very quickly become our fast friends and are individuals that we enjoy hanging out with. Having said that it is marvelous to be back in Blessing and among these people again. The town is expanding and new people are coming in and, it seems, it is difficult to assimilate them into the community which is something new. And Ms. Snelling has given us the new character of Miriam Hastings. Miriam is a joy and she looks like she will fit right in however there are issues that will carry over to the next book. Ms. Snelling is such a wonderful writer that we easily get caught up in everyone’s life and we wish that we had these kind of people for our neighbors. There are no car chases, nothing blows up however “To Everything a Season” is exciting, interesting and will keep you flipping pages as these characters work to deal with their new set of circumstances. I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next offering in this series from the very talented Lauraine Snelling. If you missed the interview for “Whispers In The Wind”, Book Two in the Wild West Wind series and would like to listen to it and/or the other interviews in the Home To Blessing series and/or interviews with other authors and professionals as well please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
From the sound of the description this book is about Miriam and Trygve. Nope. Miriam doesn't even come into the story until chapter SIXTEEN! Going by the description, I thought this would be an interesting story, as I like most anything that has to do with doctors/nurses etc. But really, what it says up there is only a very small portion of the story. This book is supposed to be the first in the series, but there are already two other series about these same characters and town, so unless you've read those, you'll be lost! There are way too many characters that it follows and mentions, and all throughout it I was confused as to who this person was and how they were related to that person and so forth. Not to mention the fact that the book really didn't have much of a plot at all. It was mostly this huge family's day-to-day lives with random things suddenly thrown in to add a little excitement. The romance was very disappointing and short, and wasn't even resolved by the end of the book, leaving you no choice but to read the next one in the series if you want to find out how things end up between Miriam and Trygve. Basically, this book felt like a big mess and the author has an odd style of explaining things. There were some things I liked in the book and found interesting, but overall it was just too many characters going about their days and I just didn't find that interesting. So, unless you've read other books by this author and positively love her stories, I wouldn't suggest reading this book. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Take a step back to the early 1900's with... To Everything a Season   Song of Blessing 1   By Lauraine Snelling   The town of Blessing is growing and changing and the Bjorklund family is about to experience these changes as well.  Doctors Bjorklund - Elizabeth and Astrid are preparing to train student nurses at their hospital.  But in the midst of all this preparation the town of Blessing experiences something that threatens the safety that was a given.  And then there is the matter of all the immigrants moving to the area who have different beliefs in the matter of worship.  To say that growth is easy would be wrong and Blessing is a perfect example of just how hard it can be.  And it is to this town, far away from her family, that Miriam Hastings has come.  Determined to complete her year of hands-on nursing, Miriam soon finds her heart being touched by Trygve Knutson.  But can the differences between them ever be bridged?  Or will the prejudices that have made their presence known in Blessing convince her that she belongs in Chicago? Take a step back in time to the early 1900's when times were not simpler only less technologically challenged and dependent.  Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this look back.  I was provided a copy this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
To Everything A Season is part of the Bjorklund family saga that is covered in five series of stories. All of these are historical fiction with some romance included in many of the tales. The Song of Blessing series is the fifth Bjorklund family series. I like to think of it as a two-in-one series because it wraps up the previous series' loose ends as well as begins a new series about the Bjorklunds in Blessing, North Dakota. It is able to stand on its own, although I think it would be appreciated best if read along with its predecessors. This book came out in 2014 and the second book in the new series, A Harvest of Hope, has just been released (2015). This book is a springboard for the next book which will be more about Trygve and Miriam. The main theme in this book is about community and about the ones who make this community special. Since this is a series that continues the Bjorklund saga, attention is focused on an elderly couple whose legacy includes the community of Blessing, populated by Ingaborg and Haakan's large family and their friends. There are numerous subplots and threads because the community is growing by leaps and bounds.  One of the unusual things about this thriving North Dakota village is its hospital. There were not many hospitals available in remote areas in the early 1900's. This one is very new and run by two female doctors, Dr. Ingrid Bjorklund Jeffers and Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund, the senior Bjorklund's daughter and daughter-in-law. Dr. Elizabeth was trained in Chicago and returned to open this one in her remote town mostly supported by the Chicago parent hospital. Much of the action in this story centers around the doctors, patients and the burgeoning community.  In one of the subplots, the Chicago hospital has sent three nurses-in-training out to the Blessing hospital for a year of hands-on experience. One of Ingaborg's nephews, Trygve Knutson, became smitten with one of the nurses, Miriam Hastings. Their relationship blossomed quickly until an event at the hospital contributed to a misunderstanding between them. The books ends with a cliff-hanger and the realization that their story would continue in another book.  One of the things that stands out most to me is how well the author built a community to which I became attached quickly. As I read the story, there were many hints of a back story that sounded intriguing and which engendered a desire to look up all the former books of the series and read them. I also sensed a closure to an era of Bjorklunds that centered around one couple, one family, and the beginning of a new era fitting for a new community filled with young families with new challenges to face. There's the aura of a passing of the baton. It draws me in, anticipating the new series.  With great character development, a sense of community to love, a bright future ahead, living and breathing faith that transcends mere words, this is a series and book I highly recommend to you.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
The first book I ever read by Lauraine was Heaven Sent Rain and I loved it!! You can read my review here. I was impressed by her style and characters. So because of the impression she left, I was eager to also read To Everything a Season. I had never read any of Lauraine's other books in the Blessing Series, so this one had to be a stand alone for me. It wasn't too difficult to pick up on the characters and the town. Although the two main characters kind of end up more into the middle towards the end of the book - which I am sure has alot to do with the fact that this book is continued.  I did enjoy the story line however, the plot and the characters. There was a hint of mystery surrounding an attempted robbery, but mostly  think the book is about a well loved family and the extended family members as well as the towns residents.  Since the story ended somewhat up in the air with Miriam's mother ill, and Trygve and her attraction just at its beginning stages, I am quite eager to pick up book two and see where all this leads. I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for my honest opinion.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling is the first book in the Song of Blessing series. I have been reading Lauraine Snelling’s book since An Untamed Land when we are introduced to Ingeborg and Kaaren. To Everything a Season continues the story and introduces as to new characters as well. It is 1905 and things are booming in Blessing, North Dakota. People are arriving in town faster than they can build housing. They are adding an addition onto the boarding house, creating an apartment building, and building houses. The hospital is doing well under the care of the Dr.’s Bjorklund (Astrid and Elizabeth). They are getting some student nurses from Chicago as well as ladies to train in nursing from the Indian reservation. Miriam Hastings is one of the student nurses being sent to Blessing. She wants to go, but she is reluctant to leave her family. Her mother is ill and she has four siblings under the age of 16. Any extra money Miriam earns goes straight to her family to help them pay rent and get food to eat. But Miriam has signed a contract and she needs to honor it. Miriam finds that life in Blessing is very different from Chicago (especially in the tenements). There is fresh air, good and plentiful food, airy housing, and lots of fresh vegetables. Miriam also enjoys the community and how everyone is treated like family. Trygve Knutson (Kaaren’s son) is immediately attracted to Miriam and set out to get to know her better. Miriam is afraid to get too close because she has a commitment to return to Chicago to finish her nursing education and to her family. We also get to see how Ingeborg and her family are doing, Kaaren, Grace, Sophie, Penny, and all the others. You will need your hankie while reading the last of the book. I do not wish to give away any spoilers, but it is sad and, if you are like me, you will be crying. I give To Everything a Season 5 out of 5 stars. I am a big fan of Lauraine Snelling’s books and To Everything a Season was a delightful addition. I enjoyed returning to Blessing and revisiting all the wonderful people that live in this town.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling is the first in her Song of Blessing series. At first I was a bit thrown off by this story as even though it is the start of a new series, it really was more of a continuation of her previous series dealing with the town of Blessing and the Red River Valley. We don’t even meet the main characters of this book till much later. I have not read the previous series by Ms. Snelling and that being said this book still ended up being an enjoyable read for me. After I had become acquainted with the characters in the town of Blessing (she has a very nice, exhaustive family tree in the beginning) I really could see what a great story teller she is and why she continues in her Red River Valley series. So if you are already a Lauraine Snelling fan or this is your first time reading something of hers, I think this is a good book to pick up. The fans will enjoy meeting up with favorite characters and new fans will want to go back and read about the families from the beginning. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions stated are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since it had been a while since I had read the last of her series for this Red River Valley, it took me a while to remember who everyone was, but it all came back while reading the book. I love Lauraine Snelling. I am not an avid book reader, but I do like to read her books.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling’s first novel in the Song of Blessing series, “To Every Season”, is amazing! The Bjorklund family’s lives and friends are interwoven throughout this and Ms. Snelling’s other Red River Valley novels. This saga begins in 1905 in Blessing, North Dakota. Much of it is centered on Haakan and Ingeborg Bjorklund, their nephew Trygve Knutson, and the doctors at the hospital. Haakan is recovering from a stroke. His wife Ingeborg continues with her cheese business, helping at the hospital, and caring for her beloved husband. Their daughter Astrid is a doctor, running the hospital and practice with her sister-in-law Elizabeth, also a doctor. Astrid recently married Daniel Jeffers; her brother Thorliff is married to Elizabeth. Elizabeth, Thorliff, and their daughter Inga live in the building with the doctors’ office. The hospital trains and gives the staff a place to live. Student nurses come from other areas to complete their training. After a robbery in which the thieves were nearly caught, the youngest of the McCrary brothers gang, Manny, is taken to the hospital with a badly broken leg. They learned in his delirium that he was only 12, his mother died, he knew what his brothers did was wrong but didn’t know how to get away from them. With the Lord’s help and direction, Astrid did a risky surgery hoping to avoid life-threatening infection and amputation of the youth’s leg. Annika, a student nurse, refreshed Astrid’s faith, leading her to remember that “He is God’s child, the same as we.” To me, that is one of the great quotes of the book! Now, if they can save his life, what to do with the young bandit? Miriam Hastings, a student nurse, is at the hospital in Blessing to complete her training and planning to return to Chicago to take care of her family. Trygve was completely besotted with Miriam from the first time he laid eyes on her, and tried to court her. They had differences about faith, and Miriam feels there is no future for them. Will they meet again after she returns home for a family emergency? Elizabeth, who had difficult pregnancies resulting in miscarriages, becomes pregnant again and will have to stop working. Astrid is concerned for Elizabeth’s health, as well as overwhelmed with the knowledge of the upcoming workload. I love this book! This reader felt welcomed into the Bjorklund family from the first page, thoroughly immersed in the joys and worries, lives and deaths in Blessing. The men and women are strong, likable, and three-dimensional folks. They do not shrink from adversity; it is ingrained in their characters to love God, be responsible, care for their families and help their neighbors. The women are creative, innovative, and intelligent; they do not neglect their children or home to follow their calling or manage a family business. Conversations are satisfying, not stilted or dry. It is demonstrated as vital between friends, loved ones, and co-workers in a day when there is no television, iPhone, Gameboy, or other distraction. One such conversation takes place between Ingeborg and Haakan after his second stroke, in which he reassures Ingeborg of his faith in Jesus and his love for their life together, with Ingeborg receiving them as a gift: “For a man of few words, he had just poured the gift of his thoughts into the reservoir of her heart, for her to take out and remember when she needed them.” Lauraine Snelling is a gifted author who understands the intricacies of faith, family, emotional and spiritual needs, and the values of those she writes about and for. She serves the Lord through fiction, as she points to the Lord simply by demonstrating the faith – or the faith struggles – of her characters. This novel is incredibly well-written, and the only areas left unresolved are those will be the basis for the 2nd book in the series. She brings a town of individuals together into families and friends with faith, grace and dignity. I am now one of the many thousands of readers who love Blessing, North Dakota and the Red River Valley, and I highly recommend To Everything a Season to adults of any age and older teens who have read and loved other books by this writer, to those who appreciate magnificently descriptive writing in historical novels of faith and life. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  The quiet, resilient people of Blessing know many seasons. Seasons of rejoicing, and of mourning. Seasons of sowing and of reaping. Seasons of tearing and of mending. To Everything a Season. This book has a cast of colorful characters: salt of the earth citizenry, a band of would-be bank robbers, lady doctors with strong wills and kind hands, prayerful old Grannies, and hopeful young couples. People live and die here in Blessing, surrounded by a place they call Home and people who care. They make good and bad choices- they come together to help each other and they split apart. The children play and grow, the older people tend the land that sustains them. There's a dash of danger, a scoop of drama, much fellowship, and many home-and-hearth moments. By the end of this tale you'll agree that "This was surely a Blessing town." This is the first book I've read by Lauraine Snelling, but I understand there is a many-volume series from years ago also set in the area of Blessing. I can see why this saga has loyal readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series. Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors. Can hardly wait for the rest of the books. She has a way of making the time frame very interesting. I would recommend this author to everyone.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of five Historical Fiction You know how, when you have personally met an author who is so very loveable as Lauraine Snelling is, you form a relationship with her and her novels? Well, I did and do. And you know what? When I read about Blessing, I hear Lauraine talking. When I read her blog, it is Ingeborg and her family speaking to me. This is the first book of a new series, Song of Blessing, but it continues the story of Ingeborg and Kaaren and their families. It takes the reader back to the time when hard work, hard play and devout faith was all that kept immigrants and homesteaders from giving up. When life was connected closely to family, friends, the weather and God. Just as in real life, things happened to sideline dreams. I admit that I first started reading the books because they told of life on the Red River, where my ancestors lives and farmed, though they were North of the border. I continue reading because I want to know what will happen next and what exciting thing will come to their little piece of Heaven.  Thank you to Fred and Cheri at The Book Club Network, the author Lauraine Snelling and Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this novel. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling out did herself on this book. The story holds your attention, can't put it down. She makes the people of Blessing so real. This story brought me to tears a couple of times. Can't wait for the next book this spring!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
To Everything A Season***** by Lauraine Snelling Miriam Hastings leaves her home in Chicago to continue her nursing training in Blessings North Dakota, with doctors Elizabeth Bjorklund and Astrid Bjorklund Jeffers. Once she has finished her training she will be an accredited nurse and plans to work in a women's hospital in Chicago where she can help care for her ailing mother and siblings. Trygve Knutson has been helping to dig wells in the surrounding communities but is tired of all the traveling involved. He decides to stay home and work there to help his family and longs for a wife and family of his own. Plans don't always go as hoped for both Miriam and Trygve. Miriam is surprised that she actually enjoys the small town of Blessings. But how can she stay here when her family at home needs her? And what about Trygve, if she leaves will there be a change for them? I really enjoyed this story and the interaction between the characters. Romance is in the air for more than one couple. Surprises pop up to further enhance the story. Add to that a bit of danger, suspense and faith making this a memorable story. ~~I received a copy of this book from TBCN for my honest review~~
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
The town of Blessing is growing faster than the houses can be built. As the towns people deal with the various issues that come with a rapidly growing town, a prominent family is also growing. Trygve is working on a well drilling crew. But when he feels God calling him to stay home in Blessing he returns to help his family and find his place in the town. He also meets a young woman that captures his heart. This is the first book in this series. Since I haven't read anything by this author I wanted to make sure I started at the beginning. But somehow I still picked up in the middle of a long story. The book begins with a massive family tree for the Bjorklund family. I also read that this is the 3rd Blessing series. So while this is the first book in this series, it isn't the first story about the family or town. While I was completely lost with all of the unfamiliar names and circumstances, I did enjoy the flow of the story. The author weaves a plot with lots of sub plots and extra details to keep the reader engaged. The book brought out several thought provoking issues surrounding Christianity that still pertain to today. The story didn't end, leaving it open for the next book in the series. Someone who enjoys family sagas will love this small town story. Just be sure to start at the very beginning so nothing is missed. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
So, this book is difficult to review.  First of all, it is not marketed well.  The book is really a continuation of other series by the author, and should not be billed as a book one.  Immediately upon beginning this book, I realized I was hopelessly lost in the MYRIAD of characters already established from previous volumes.  Due to the fact that many of the characters had immigrated from Norway, they also had their own language, customs, etc. that had been explained in other books that I didn’t read.  This made the book very difficult to get into, and I probably would not have chosen to read it had I know this otherwise. Also, the plot listed on the book really isn’t the plot of the book.  The book is a continuation of previous books and is focussed on the town of Blessing-the main characters are barely even mentioned until half-way through the book.  This is disappointing as the story between Miriam and Trygve is actually very interesting (once you get there.)  I have to admit feeling a bit duped as the cover leads you to believe the book is about two people when it should have actually read -continuing saga of the town Blessing, and then mentioned Miriam and Trygve as a part of it. All this being said, I did finish the book and if you have read previous books in the series, you will find this book to be entertaining and well-written. As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy for my honest review.