A Season of Grace

A Season of Grace

by Lauraine Snelling


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ISBN-13: 9780764218989
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Under Northern Skies Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 35,650
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than 5 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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A Season of Grace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 6 days ago
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.
Susanosb 16 days ago
Lauraine Snelling is known for her beloved “Red River Series” and many other books. Her latest series is “Under Northern Skies.” A Season of Grace, Book3 in the series, continues the story of Rune’s younger sister Nilda and their younger brother, Ivar, who, in Book 2, immigrated to America to join their family in the northern forests of Minnesota. Nilda is offered a dream job with Mrs. Schoenleber, an older woman Nilda and Ivar met on the train when they first arrived. Her new life in Blackduck seems perfect as Mrs. Schoenleber’s personal assistant until she runs into Dreng Nygaard. He had tried to assault Nilda in Norway and was banished to America as a result. She never expected he would find her again. Has he really changed, or is it a charade. Nilda is haunted by nightmares of a man in a black hat chasing her. Is this a premonition of things to come or just a nightmare? I fell in love with these characters in Books 1 and 2, as I have in Lauraine’s other books, and I anxiously look forward to subsequent books in the “Under North Skies Series.”
Reli 27 days ago
This is the third in the Under the Northern Skies series and I am really enjoying this series. It's about a family that immigrated from Norway, first Rune and Signe and their children, then Rune's brother and sister, Ivar and Nilda, and then finally Rune's mom. To me, this series is book about real life. Bad stuff happens. When Rune's family gets there, they are shocked and dismayed at the conditions they are subjected to, but it gets better. It's a lot of hard work, but fun and laughter also come. This third book is more about Nilda than the rest of the family. Honestly, if you read the second paragraph in the description of the book, it sounds like this is a love story. Here it is: The only thing missing from Nilda's life is love. But though she has two suitors--a quiet schoolteacher and a handsome lumberjack--Nilda feels hesitant. A terrifying experience in Norway has made her cautious where men are concerned. When she thinks she sees the man in question, all her fears come flooding back. Is it possible the danger has followed her across the Atlantic? If Dreng Nygaard is truly in Minnesota, all of her dreams for the future could come crashing down around her. But it's not. To me, that paragraph is not a very realistic picture of what the book is about. Yes, there was a terrifying experience in Norway and yes the man followed her to the United States. And Nilda had to really work on her feelings for him. She had to choose to forgive him and yes, there was some scary stuff going on. But the two suitors? They were hinted at a bit and the process was starting, but Nilda was involved in so much more than trying to decide what man to marry. To me the story is so much bigger than that. Like I said, this series of books is about real life. I will say that Nilda did land what appears to be a dream job, but it also involved a lot of hard work, with almost 24/7 English lessons and lessons on how to function in America with all the social rules, etc. of the day. And the book is about more than Nilda. The rest of the family is also actively portrayed in this book, along with some new characters. I don't want to say much more there, because I don't want to give any spoilers. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series. I just love the honest down to earth way of writing Lauraine has in these books. The way the family deals with grief is to get busy, which is a little countercultural to today's philosophy a lot of times, but I think there is some truth in it as well. Along with that philosophy, you are looking at a family that is close knit and thriving. I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a review.
lsnlj 30 days ago
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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RobinWillson 3 months ago
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