Streams of Mercy

Streams of Mercy

by Lauraine Snelling


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ISBN-13: 9780764211065
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Song of Blessing Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 334,119
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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 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

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Streams of Mercy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
he Song of Blessing series is fast becoming one of my favorites! This is the third sequel and I have read all of them! Each book centers around the town of Blessing, North Dakota in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and its inhabitants. The town is struck with disaster when a circus train stops in Blessing, seeking medical aid for many performers that are sick. The big-hearted people of Blessing seek to help them, especially since other towns along the track have refused to assist them. It isn’t long before the townspeople find out that they have brought a Diphtheria epidemic into the midst of them! Not only does almost every circus performer take ill but the infection begins to spread throughout the town! The death toll begins to rise and fear spreads along with it. Who will die? How many will be dead when it is done? An antitoxin, medical personnel, and supplies are coming from Chicago, but that will be days. How will the carry on? Many towns’ people risk their lives and show great courage in not only caring for the ill but helping those in quarantine, which is most of the town! It was fascinating to read an accurate account of how early medicine fought treat and contain such a deadly disease! Though their weapons were few and suffering was great, they used what little they had and relied on God for healing. The author takes into the lives of different families and their struggles, not only with the epidemic but also other challenges they are facing. As always, Ms. Snelling brings you into the story where you experience it firsthand. I was inspired by each character’s faith and taught so much about real life in this time. Looking forward to the next book! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I stated are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Take: I've been a fan of Lauraine Snellings books for years. But for some reason I can't seem to appreciate this series! I like that I can catch up with character friends from other books, but it seems like Lauraine is so into writing this book about the town that the romance that the back cover insinuates is put on the back burner. Anji and Thomas aren't even part of the central plot! To be honest I had a hard time getting through this book the only reason I continued reading is because I'm already invested in and love these characters and wanted to see how things turned out but I'm debating if there is a next book if I'll even bother reading it or not. All in all if your a fan of Lauraines other 'Blessing' books you might like this one. * I received this book for free from Bethany house publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Streams of Mercy Song of Blessing #3 By Lauraine Snelling Blessing, North Dakota, is recovering and rebuilding from the tragedy that struck the town in book 2 (A Harvest of Hope) which I somehow managed to miss leaving me a little bit in the dark. I highly recommend read the series in order. But the town is prospering, the hospital is still training intern doctors and nurses from Chicago. Life for the most part is good. Anji Moen and her children are living with her sister Rebecca and brother-in-law Gerald. She is sharing the knowledge that she gained from her late husband by teaching Norwegian history in the high school. Her growing friendship with Thomas Devlin has become an added blessing in her life. Thomas is an Anglican minister from Ireland who has called Blessing home for a short time. Thomas's heart is drawn to the ministry but in recent years he has been without a church, instead he has been putting his carpentry skills to use in Blessing both as a carpenter and as a teacher. But Blessing is about to undergo yet another time of testing when some unexpected "visitors" arrive in the night. The skills of doctors Astrid and Elizabeth Bjorklund will be tested as they fight against an unknown and deadly illness that threatens Blessing. Taking place in 1907 when medicine and modern living as we know it were in the early stages of becoming a reality for all, Blessing is on the forefront of this growth. But no matter the time one lives in tragedy is a fact of life. Blessing is a town that one could definitely find a home for ones heart. The caring that the residents share for one another is heartening and often sadly missing from much of life as we experience it today. Often people refer to living a simpler life, but life isn't simpler rather it is less encumbered by the pressures and demands that we have allowed to gain such a foothold in our lives today. I really enjoyed Streams of Mercy and look forward to hopefully further installment from Blessing. In the meantime I'm going to backtrack and read what I missed in book 2. This series is highly recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction. Would make an excellent gift or addition to any local library. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
I want more!!!!! Oh yes, another wonderful story about Blessing. Full of hardships and loss but their faith will get them through, at least that is the way Ingeborg has always lived, convincing others it is true. There is one person, Clara, who I would like to know more about the back story on. By the way the book ended I am SURE, in my way of thinking/wanting anyway (lol), there will either be more books to this series, at least one more or another series. PLEASE Lauraine, you can't stop here. Yes, yes, I would gladly recommend this book, all of the books pertaining to the Bjorklund family and the town of Blessing, SD.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was home again, placing myself back in Blessing, ND, and with familiar family and friends. Mor makes everyone feel like they are her family, she takes us all under her wings. Can you imagine looking out your window and seeing an elephant? That is the sight that greeted these residents one fateful day when the circus came to town. Things are never the same here after this visit, and we soon learn that other towns turned them away. We also have Anji whom appears to be in love with Thomas, but is she willing to completely change her life? Also some of the other woman we have come to call family will have their lives changed forever, because of their love of God their fellow man. I still am looking for some answers, what will happen to Clara, if that is really her name, and the baby? Come along for another wonderful visit, and hopefully we will be back real soon. I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
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 third and final book in “The Song of Blessing” series. This book features Anji Baard Moen who returns to Blessing with her children after being recently widowed in Norway. Thomas Devlin, a minister currently without a church, is also new in town and seems interested in the newly arrived widow. Thorliff Bjorklund was Anji’s high school sweetheart, and Anji goes to work writing articles for his newspaper and teaching high school. The plot is compounded by a traveling circus that stops in Blessing with a number of sick troupe members aboard, who turn out to have diphtheria. There are 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.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
These books will make you hungry . . . Another hit about the town of Blessing and its special residents. You can never go wrong selecting a Lauraine Snelling book. Each minute of your time will be thoroughly enriched. Although it is not necessary to read the other books in the series first to enjoy this, you will be very glad if you did, so that you too can fall in love with each member of this extended family. But be warned - these books will make you hungry. For homemade baked bread and cookies - and to hear more about what's happening to each of the characters. They are not really about just one or two characters - but about a town made up of special people. In this book we hear more about Thomas Devlin, a lovable Irish priest who is ever ready to help any and all in any way that he can. He wasn't easily accepted into this community of Norwegians, but as most Irishmen he grows on you. As you might think, his relationships with the residents can be awkward, but he does grow to care for Anji - who fairly recently lost her husband. Anji's husband's family in Norway tries to control her future remarriage, so that adds one more obstacle to the mix. The needs of the hospital always seem to be growing, and it is severely challenged in this book - especially after a circus train comes to town. Lots of heart wrenching issues for the patients and for the doctors and nurses there. Once again a pleasure to spend time in Blessing and take part in its growth and progression! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from the Baker Publishing Group, Bethany - 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.”
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Song of Blessing series. I would recommend reading book one, To Everything a Season, and book two, A Harvest of Hope, first. There are a lot of people throughout this novel and I feel it would be easier to keep them all straight and understand the history of the town of Blessing. If you have not read the previous books you may get lost at times in all the names and families yet you would still understand this beautiful story. There are so many different people and things going on in this novel it is hard to just pick out a few, however this novels focus is on Anji Baard Moen, she is a widow woman who has recently returned home to blessing with her children, and Thomas Devlin, who has been in blessing a couple of years. He is a minister without a church currently. Both are trusting God to lead them in whatever plans he may have for them. When a Quarantine hits the town Anji and Thomas must decide what their true feelings are in spite of the circumstances. This novel brings all the town of Blessing to life, with so much love, family, life, heartache and passion. Lauren Snelling does a great job of keeping multiple story lines going while running them all together. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Lauraine's books for a long time now so every chance I get to read a new book by her it is a joy to me. This book did not disappoint in the least. It has been a joy to watch the town of Blessing grow and to continue to follow the journeys of the people that make it such a quaint town. This town has to pull together in their time of need during the illness epidemic. There are many twists, turns and surprises in this book to keep you enjoyed. The author's writing style just flows and is very easy to read. I like how there is a sense of romance and suspense all in one. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction fans. This is a part of a series and I suggest you read them in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Streams of Mercy (Lauraine Snelling) Anji Baard Moen, a recent widow, returns from Norway with her children. She quickly settles back into life in Blessing, teaching Norwegian history in the high school and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette. When tragedy strikes, Anji steps in to run the newspaper and soon finds a kindred spirit in the widower who owns the printing press. As they spend time together, Anji wonders if there's something more than friendship growing between them. But Anji has also caught the eye of a recent arrival to Blessing. He has put his carpentry skills to good use on the town's building projects, including Anji's house. But Anji is torn between her feelings of loyalty to someone who needs her and the chance to build a new life with this intriguing newcomer. Where will her choice take her? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. There is romance, heartache, suspense, and joy all mixed in. Although it's the third book in a series, this can be read as a stand-alone book. It's full of twists and turns, with the author surprising her readers when they least expect it! At times, however, I found the book confusing. There were too many characters to meet all at once; some in one household, and others as extended family. It was difficult for me to get into and follow the story line, as many elements appeared to have happened in the first two novels. However, it was enjoyable, and I fully intend to go back and read the first two books in the Song of Blessings series, and can’t wait to read the next book, too. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. See more new autumn reads at :
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in the Song of Blessing series. It is 1907 in Blessing, North Dakota. Anji Baard Moen has returned to Blessing after the death of her husband, Ivar. They had been living with his parents in Norway, but she did not like the lifestyle for herself or her children. Her in-laws were wealthy and children were raised by nannies and rarely seen by their parents. Anji was happy to return to Blessing. She is currently staying with Rebecca and Gerald Valders. Anji has taken a job at the school. She will be teaching Norwegian history and the language at the high school. Anji is getting to spend time with Mr. Thomas Devlin who is also teaching at the school. Then Stetler and Sons Traveling Circus comes to town on the train. They have sick people on board and need assistance. The town agrees to help them (they are definitely going to regret being so nice) and then they find out that the sick people have diphtheria. Who will be left standing in the wake of the disease? Will Anji and Thomas get a happy ending? Streams of Mercy is a heartfelt book. In order to understand what is happening in Streams of Mercy you do need to have read the other books in the series (it would actually be best if you have read all the books by Lauraine Snelling that are set in Blessing, North Dakota). I have been reading Lauraine Snelling’s books since the beginning when Ingeborg came from Norway with her first husband (before there was a town of Blessing, North Dakota). Streams of Mercy is a complicated book. There is quite a bit going on in the book (I have actually only given you a small summary). We get to become reacquainted with our favorite characters and see how they are faring. This book will make you laugh, cry, and sigh. I give Streams of Mercy 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is well-written and thoughtful. Streams of Mercy is a little more series than the other books in the series. I look forward to the next installment in the Songs of Blessing series. I received a complimentary copy of Streams of Mercy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Streams of Mercy is the third book in the Song of Blessing series. I have read both book one and book two and really enjoyed both. The first two books focused on Miriam and Trygve and their relationship. And along the way we got to know the many other people in Blessing. You do not have to read the first two books in the series to fall in love with the town of Blessing and its people. It was so great getting to visit Blessing again, it felt like it’s been too long. This book follows Anji as she starts her life again after her husband passed away. Blessing has always been a place she considered home, and she is glad to be back. Anji enjoys watching her children run around and relax, unlike what they were able to do while living in Norway. The strict rules kept them from being able to just be kids. In Blessing, Anji is surrounded by friends and family, and though she feels she shouldn’t, she can’t help but long for a man at the head of the table. And not just any man has captured her intrigue. Will Anji follow her heart, or feel obligated to someone from her past? When a disaster comes to Blessing the whole town is shaken. One disease can wipeout a whole town, and they don’t want it happening to theirs. The doctors are the best, and will stop at nothing to help their fellow neighbors. Is this the end for Blessing? Or a new start for Anji and her family? This book is full of twists and turns. Snelling surprises her readers when they least expect it. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which is no surprise, as Snelling always delivers. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. There is romance, heartache, suspense, and joy all mixed in. Snelling had me crying and laughing. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
In this third book of the Song of Blessing series, the town of Blessing, North Dakota is beset with a dreadful outbreak of disease brought into town by the circus performers. Dr. Bjorklund and Dr. Jeffers strive to limit exposure by quarantining the sick from the townspeople and through vaccination. In April 1907 these tasks were not easy and required a great deal of coordination and effort. Blessing once again pulls together and manages to deal with the extreme difficulties involved in this epidemic. The main characters from the two previous novels play active rolls in this story as well as the introduction of new individual, Clara, who has her own story to add to an already interesting line up of personalities. On an extremely sad note, this book loses one of the characters that have been with the town for a long time. Read the novel to find out how the loss will affect the town and its people. A sad, but inspiring read! I love following the townspeople of Blessing, North Dakota as they continue on their journey through life. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book