“The Promise of Dawn” Lauraine Snelling


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If you have read previous Norweigan stories/books by Lauraine Snelling before, you have to admit that her characters are very realistic. They might be warm or they might be harsh, but they are real. In this particular story I cringed as I traveled along with a new family coming to Minnesota, Amerika on cheap fare/passage across the ocean. A seeking family, parents and children, facing for the first time the pangs of hunger, sea-sickness and unsanitary conditions. But even so, there were dreams and promises swimming in their heads. And after all, they were going to live with family in this new town and country! But when they arrive in the small community where they were to live and work, something seemed amiss with the Onkle that retrieved them and the Tante that was waiting at home. Would this be the land of adventure they had been longing for or was the whole trip a sorrowful mistake? Read and find out what God has in store for them all. (And for a real treat, read her other Norweigan stories!)

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

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To Everything A Season, A Book by Lauraine Snelling, Reviewed


Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 4.41.20 PMIf you are a fan of Lauraine Snelling and if you have enjoyed the story town of Blessing, North Dakota, you will certainly enjoy this book. No 1 in the “Song of Blessing” saga, Trygve Knutson is grown and working hard for the future of his community. Far Haaken, one of the main characters in the Red River Valley stories, is getting older and his wife is very concerned about some symptoms he is having. Both daughter and daughter-in-law are physicians, but although his wife would like one of them to check him over, there is thought that this would be strange and unacceptable to him. In Chicago, Illinois, there is a young nurse in training who has been selected to go to Blessing to continue learning under the two women doctors before graduating. It is a struggle to leave her ill mother and other siblings that she has been helping to provide for. But, God is in control as He intervenes in making the plan work for her family. After Miriam arrives in North Dakota, she sees many new things for the first time in a small town. But her heart is still pulling her back to her mother in the city. Will she ever be able to trust God and see her future anywhere else beside Chicago? She gets on the train to return when she hears her mother may be dying, but will she ever come back? Someone is waiting to find out.

This book was provided to me by Bethany Books for review. All opinions are my own.

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS


ACFW=American Christian Fiction Writers

What a great bunch of writers, published authors, editors, marketers, readers,+!  Not the only way to learn to write, but “My Book Therapy” and this group can be your choice.  Sisters and Brothers of the “craft” gently seek to help you succeed to write and publish that book or books you were called to finish.

Mary A Young Robinson

Mary A Young Robinson

Why not look up Susie May Warren at “MBT” at www.acfw.com.  She is a vivacious writer who chooses other great writers to join her in teaching the craft.  Because she already knows the stress one can shoulder with deadlines, word count, and character voices, she has found a way to bring fun into the class with giggles and waves!

Along with this great organization, are the state chapters.  Look for a group in your town and state for critique groups, conferences, and classes.  Through these people you will meet other writer and authors like you, agents, and publishers.  You will learn more about Independent Publishing and Traditional Publishing.

You will enjoy the social aspect and making lifelong friends.  What better way to learn to write?

“SHADOW OF REALITY” by Donna Fletcher Crow


Educated Christians still on their journeys of discovery of God and His will for their lives, include a weekend of fashion, fun, mystery, drama and MURDER! The line between the drama and real murder will keep your interest piqued and you will not want to tarry with this book. In Donna Crow style, her imagery and similes, stand out very tall.

Because of Donna’s great knowledge and experience with England and Englishmen and her extensive travel in general, her story flourishes and almost dances on the page. The message of “real love” over “infatuation” lends to the story with depth. With my love for fashion, I enjoyed the costumes and colorful descriptions and creativity. The medical side may draw you also if you have an interest in forensics.

As the story ends with friendship complimenting human love, I had a warm, overall feeling of “Good conquering Evil” and a wonderful (corrrect) future for each of the characters. Don’t miss out on this superb blend of history, mystery, and love!