From This Day Forward (Song of Blessing Book #4)

From This Day Forward (Song of Blessing Book #4)

by Lauraine Snelling

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Revisit Old Friends in Blessing in This Heartwarming Series Conclusion

Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family.

When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking. But real sparks fly between Deborah and Anton, and she finds herself in an even more complicated situation. The attention she gets from Anton makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late?

Then Deborah receives an invitation to study the latest advances in nursing at a hospital in Chicago, and she faces a hard choice. To leave or stay? Should she give up on the dream of Toby and accept the interest of Anton?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230607
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Song of Blessing , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 105,441
File size: 7 MB

About 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 two 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
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

Customer Reviews

From This Day Forward 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book. It didn't really tie up loose ends. It seemed odd to me that Manda didn't come back for Deborah's wedding and there was very little resolution to Toby's parents disappearance. It seemed to me a foregone conclusion that Deborah and Toby would get together. All in all it just seemed like she wanted to hurry and finish the series.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Toby Valders has been told that he should propose to Deborah MacAllister but maube it is not should a good idea after all. The is the last book in this great series. Blessing, North Dakota is a wonderful place to live. How is she going to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life? Maybe Toby has waited to long and he has lost her forever? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
From This Day Forward is the fourth book in the Song of Blessing series. I have read all the other books in the series and always enjoy returning to Blessing. That being said, if you haven't read any of the series, you might want to start at the beginning. The series follows many of the same characters throughout their lives, and this book continues with the tradition. Blessing is a growing small town that is not with out its problems, but also sounds like an amazing place to live. If something needs to get done they make it happen, and they always help those in need. This story follows several main characters, as they live their daily lives and do the best they can. Deborah has always loved Toby, but it doesn't seem like he will ever return the favor. Talking to her friends, she decides that she needs to make some decisions. Placing her life in Gods hands sounds easy, but Deborah is finding it harder and harder to wait for her happy ending. Like most women, she is ready to start a family, and wants that to be with Toby. But when a new man comes to town, she finds herself drawn to him as well. What is Gods will for her life? Will she wait for it to be revealed? Or take matters into her own hands before He can show her? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction. I enjoyed learning more about new inventions that came along, and how they learned to use them. And I always enjoy the people of Blessing. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Susanosb More than 1 year ago
This book gives a wonderful glimpse into the lives of people who populated the small towns in Mid-America in the early 1900s. Many readers who are familiar with Lauraine’s Bjorklund family novels, set in Blessing, North Dakota, will enjoy this fourth book in “The Song of Blessing” series. Each book features a different person in or involved with the Bjorklund family, a family readers are bound to fall in love with. From This Day Forward features Deborah MacCallister, who is the head nurse at the Blessing Hospital. Deborah is 25 and is watching as many of her friends are marrying and having children. She wonders if it will ever be her turn. She has had a crush on Toby Valadez, since their school days, but he often seems standoffish, and she wonders if he is the right person for her to marry or if God has someone else in mind for her. Thorliff Bjorklund, whose wife recently passed away, has thrown himself into his work to the detriment of his children. Can anyone reach him? Also a pack of dangerous wild dogs are living on the edge of town. How can they be stopped? There are more twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and if you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll love this book as well as many other series about the Bjorklund family.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling brings us the 4th installment in her Song of Blessing series. I would say that reading the previous books would be helpful when reading this book. This is the first book of Ms. Snelling's I have read so at the first of this book I felt somewhat lost as to the characters. Needless to say the first of the book was somewhat difficult to get into, but I pressed on and soon was immersed in the story. This is Deborah MacCallister's story. She is the head nurse at Blessings Hospital and I found her very interesting since I, myself, am a nurse. It always fascinates me about the medical field historically. This story focuses on family and the strong values brought from Norway. We find that Deborah has loved Toby Valders since she was a young girl, but their on again off again relationship leads one to believe that maybe Toby isn't as committed as Deborah. Deborah makes a decision that she will give Toby through the summer, but at the end she will decide whether to give up on him completely. This is a sweet plot that flows effortlessly. Though the pace is consistent I also found it somewhat slow. I love the community and how they come together. This is a well written story and brings a variety of secondary characters that are well integrated. I wish I had of read the first books of the series so I would have gotten the full impact of the series. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
Readers who are familiar with Lauraine Snelling’s Song of Blessing books will love this book as a chance to reunite with the lovable Norwegian immigrant citizens of Blessing. Those who are new to the series will want to get the whole set and spend more time with the Blessing family and friends. For those unfamiliar with the Bjorklunds of Blessing and their many adopted family members, a diagram of the family tree is included to help sort out the connections. The people in Blessing work hard and nurse heroine Deborah MacCallister is no exception. The object of her affection, Toby Valders, is possibly the hardest worker in town and has little time to spend with anyone, including Deborah. Things can change and they do and then, watch out. The characters in this series are uniquely made. All work hard, including the children. There is an attitude of respect as well as love among these people and readers will want to linger in Blessing. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own. I recommend this book for adults and teenage readers who enjoy historic fiction with a little romance.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
To this date, there hasn't been a novel or book from Lauraine Snelling, I didn't like, until this one unfortunately. Since From This Day Forward is part of a series, and this is book 4, I found it difficult to grasp and understanding any of the relationships that this novel launches into. Perhaps if I had read them in order, it might make better sense to me, than merely jumping into it. I absolutely LOVED the cover of the book and since Christian Historical Romances are usually my favorite genre to read, I was disappointed I couldn't connect with any of the characters in this novel. Even more than a third of the way into the novel I struggled to find any reason to continue as it seems more and more characters were introduced and overlapped that I couldn't find any one I could relate to and follow until the closure of the novel. I hate when that happens, but in this case it did. As much as we hope that all novels will connect with readers who pick them up, this was one time, when no matter how much I struggled to stay with it, I couldn't. Most of the time, a reader needs to identify with a character or perhaps their struggle and I was really hoping that would be with Deborah who has a deep seated desire to become a nurse to help our her community, but it didn't last. When you read the premise of the novel is sounds wonderful but since there are so many characters introduced in the first third of the book, it makes it difficult to understand just who is with whom or related to whom. Oh how I wanted this one to work for me, but it didn't. This is one case where picking up a novel already well into the series, just doesn't work. I received From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley and would have to rate this one a 3 out of 5 stars. I am hoping that if you have read the other novels in the Song of Blessing Series, than this one will make more sense to you than it did for me. If you haven't read any, I would recommending starting at the beginning because all the previous Lauraine Snelling novels are usually some of my favorites.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
From This Day Froward is book 4 in the Songs of Blessing series written by Lauraine Snelling. This is Deborah and Toby's book. Deborah and Toby have been friends since childhood when Toby would dip Deborah's hair in ink. Both have gone away to get their adult lives in order and come back to Blessing. Deborah is a nurse at the local clinic/hospital and Toby runs a construction company. The community is growing and along with that there is a need for the school to grow. Toby along with other men of the community are adding onto the school for the deaf. They are putting in very long days, with some even working 7 day weeks. Through this time, Deborah leaves food at Toby's house so he has something easy to eat when he gets home and for breakfast. But Toby takes Deborah for granted. He knows where she is and know that he could visit her anytime he wants to, but he just does not take the time. Along with the growth of the schools, there also is need for more teachers. Anton comes to town to be one of the teachers. There is a box social fundraiser and Anton out bids Toby for Deborah's box. And when Deborah goes away for hospital training Anton and Toby both write to Deborah. Toby begins to wonder if he has taken her for granted too long and wonders if she will chose Anton over him. Just like all the other author's stories based in Blessing, this book is totally wonderful. I love how the author just keeps adding stories about this community. I enjoy being able to catch up on Ingeborg and her extended family. It is so fun to see how much her children have matured and to hear about their families. It was sad to read about the passing of David Gould's wife. But I truly hope the author has a story planned for Ingaborg and David. I really enjoy that this is a Christian Historical Fiction story. It is a clean story with a little Biblical references but the actions of the community members are those of love, caring and generosity. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book four in the Song of Blessing series, it can be read as a stand alone book, however I feel you will be a bit lost. There are a lot of characters in this book and it can get a little confusing if you do not know the history of their families and can keep them all straight. The entire series is a great series so I would recommend reading them all in order. Lauraine Snelling does a great job at weaving so many different families, story lines and history all wrapped in one series. Each character has issues of their own they must deal with the consequences of choices they make. If you have read the entire series it is great to catch up with many of the characters from previous novels. The main focus of this novel is Deborah and Toby. Deborah has loved him forever, yet is it time to move on. Toby is a little harder to figure out, it was fun to watch him struggle, grow and decide what it is he actually wants. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We are back in Blessing, North Dakota and back with our dear family from Norway. Most all we come to know and love are back and we are continuing on with their lives. Some of our dear ones leave right after the book begins, and others find their way home. In this book we have Deborah still wearing her heart on her sleeve for Toby, but will that man every realize what a gem she is, and before he looses he to another. Come and enjoy the warm-hearted fun of fishing with Mor and the children, and landing a big catfish. Ah, how I wish I were there! I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.