A Song of Joy

A Song of Joy

by Lauraine Snelling

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In Minnesota in 1911, Nilda Carlson is torn between society life in the city of Blackduck and spending time with her family back home on the farm. Her employer, Mrs. Schoenleber, gives her more and more responsibility and experience, including recommending new opportunities for her philanthropy. Still new to America herself, Nilda focuses on the area's immigrant community, but she'll have to fight to get her ideas accepted by the locals and donors alike.

In the meantime, one of her greatest joys is her weekly piano lesson with the handsome schoolteacher, Fritz. But just as Nilda is beginning to realize she has feelings for him, a stylish, affluent young woman moves to Blackduck and monopolizes Fritz's attention. With her humble background, how can Nilda hope to compete with such a sophisticated beauty?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764232947
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Under Northern Skies Series , #4
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 268,081
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(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 Song of Joy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
A Song of Joy is the fourth book in Lauraine Snelling's Under Northern Skies series about a Norwegian family that immigrated to Minnesota. This book continues the story of Nilda Carlson in the year of 1911. The best part of this wonderful story is its reminder of the pure enjoyment one can received from the simplest of blessings: time with friends and family, fresh produce, a bird's song, and a cool breeze on a clear summer's night. Since reading this book I have purposefully been making myself attend to these types of blessings rather than allowing them to slip by unnoticed. The pervasive theme of the joys of giving and serving are also treasures in A Song of Joy. I thank Lauraine Snelling for reminding us of these joys, and to whom we owe our thanks. She allows God to use her gifting as a storyteller to both entertain and minister. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the series Under Northern Skies. I did not realize this was a series book when I requested it through Netgalley. Even though it was the last of a series, it was still a good standalone book. It would have been more interesting if I had read the first three books, but it was still interesting. I have always enjoyed books by Lauraine Snelling and this did not disappoint. It was slow in some spots, a lot of description at times but this did not detract from the story. The characters were well developed and the plot was an easy read. It had a little bit of suspense when Nilda was being investigated but not a true suspense novel. It is more a love story, sweet and simple. The editing was well done. That can make or break a book in my opinion. I hate having to re-read things to figure out the wrong words or punctuation. This is a Christian book though not preachy. It does show the importance of depending on God. It is mostly a clean, no sexual content, love story. I freely give my review it is my own opinion and not forced in any way. I recommend this book and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this series by Lauraine Snelling, and this story follows my two favorite characters, Fritz and Nilda. I have loved seeing Nilda’s character develop throughout these books and I’ve appreciated that the author has allowed her character to retain her deep love of family, but also develop the unique gifts she has to take her a different direction than some of the other characters. Many of the other characters make an appearance, too, and we get to see how they have settled in to their new life in America. I’d recommend this whole series, as it’s wonderful Christian historical fiction. The author has done some great research as the background for her story, and I appreciated the faith of the characters all throughout the books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Susan Osborn More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling is known for her beloved “Red River Series” and many other books. Her latest series is “Under Northern Skies.” A Song of Joy, Book 4 in the series, continues the story of Rune’s younger sister Nilda who, in Book 2, immigrated to America to join their family in the northern forests of Minnesota. Nilda is excelling in her dream job as a personal assistant with Mrs. Schoenleber, a delightful older woman of means. However, Mrs. Schoenleber’s brothers fear that she will allow Nilda to take her place on their prestigious board of directors, and they try desperately to keep this from happening. Can a young immigrant from Norway stand up to the devious means of these rich businessmen and still find ways to help new immigrants to find jobs and homes in America? I fell in love with these characters in this entire series, as I have in Lauraine’s other books, and I anxiously look forward to subsequent books from Lauraine.
Kristen_Gwen_Johnson More than 1 year ago
A Song of Joy, by Lauraine Snelling was an absolute delight to read. I always enjoy Ms. Snelling’s books for their gentle and easy flow, the characters who I just want to invite to tea and a good chat, and the lovely settings she brings to my imagination. Nilda Carlson works for a wealthy lady in Blackduck, Minnesota. Being an immigrant herself, she has a heart for Norwegians moving to the area in need of help. Along with her employer, they begin a building project to house and feed the families of those working in the lumber industry. Nilda is a woman of high character, but there is someone lurking around, digging up the past and trying to ruin Nilda’s reputation. Add to that a man who seems determined to marry her, even though he doesn’t love her, and another man who loves her but is holding back, and Nilda has a lot to keep up with. I really enjoyed this book. Nilda is such an endearing character, and I rooted for her the whole time. She is full of determination and gumption, and above all, love for those around her. It was exciting to watch her love life unfold. The characters back on the family farm were also delightful to read about. A Song of Joy is an all around fantastic book, and I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Song of Joy is the fourth novel in Under Northern Skies series. I recommend reading this series in order, though, the author does summarize what happened in the previous books. I thought A Song of Joy was well-written and it proceeds at a gentle pace. I would have liked a little peppier pace because I did feel the story dragged in places. We get to see what daily life is like for Nilda and for her family on the farm. While A Song of Joy focuses on Nilda, I like that we get to catch-up with the family. They are busy cutting trees, planting crops, taking care of the animals, and the numerous other daily chores on a farm. There are such wonderful, developed characters in the book, and I like the references to Ingeborg Bjorklund which has me looking forward to reading A Blessing to Cherish. The author captured the time period with the clothing, events, books and the new technology. Electricity, motorcars, and the typewriter are some of the new inventions mentioned in the book. Nilda also learns shorthand to help her take notes at the quarterly company meetings. I enjoyed watching Nilda grow over the course of the series and the ending left me happy. This is a clean Christian novel. We get to see how God plays into the lives of our characters. They pray for guidance to make the right decisions and have faith that God will lead them in the right direction. They are compassionate people who want to share their blessings. A Song of Joy is a heartwarming novel with rich characters.
simplyannehere More than 1 year ago
Song of Joy By Lauraine Snelling Unfortunately for me this was a series meant to be read in order and I have not read the previous books. I was unable to read past chapter 3 as much of the framework was set up in the previous books. I enjoy Lauraine Snelling books and look forward to starting at the beginning of this series. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve shared here.
TheCompulsiveReader7 More than 1 year ago
(4 stars) - A song of joy from Zephaniah 3:14-20 This is book 4 of a series. I was unaware & so have not read the previous books yet, so I can attest that the book stood on its own just fine; however, because it's a family saga, it most likely would be contextually richer to read them in order. The hero and heroine's story is written so "real" & is so sweet that it makes me smile every time I think about it. I loved the historical detail, especially the new inventions of their time & how it affected them. The story was incredibly realistic & immersive. I also really appreciated that the villains of the story, for the most part, didn't follow any of the common tropes. There were some points where it felt like it didn't need to be quite so detailed, but that may well have been my eagerness for the happy couple to finally admit their love to each other. *Clean romance level: sweet kisses *Religion: explicitly Christian, characters are protestant, but Christianity is relatively generic
3C More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling's wonderful historical research and attention to detail have us again enjoyably immersed in the lives of Norwegian immigrants in the early 1900s. Having greatly enjoyed her Blessing novels, as well as others, I have found that her characters become like family members, and their homes become familiar places. A Song of Joy follows suit with realistic dialog, highly descriptive geographical details, and accurate historical settings. The author does a good job not only of describing life in a small Minnesota town and how modern progress is changing the society, but also how some of the unique aspects of this rural life stay the same. The strong family bonds are central to the life here, and that comes through in this story. Snelling has given us main characters in Nilda Carlson and Fritz Larsson, along with several secondary characters, that are complex and memorable. The love story is believable, with a bit of suspense, adventure, and, of course, light romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.