Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies #1) by Lauraine Snelling (Goodreads Author) - 5 Stars - Wonderful Book!!

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series
I loved this book!  From the beginning I was sucked into the story.  It began in Norway with Signe and her husband Rune and their three boys.  They get a letter from her Uncle Einer and Aunt Gerd who have a farm in Minnesota.  They are in Norway where things have become rough as far as jobs, getting a home or land of your own jobs……
They travel to America by ship, go through Ellis Island, travel some more by boat, and by train and finally get to Minnesota.  They find the home in Minnesota is filthy and Gerd is in her bed unable to get up and help with anything.  Uncle and Aunt are demanding and loud and before long even the boys are doing a man’s day of labor.
Signe and Rune are run off their feet from morning til night and before too long Signe begins to think there is no God watching over them and they will never be able to have a home and their own land.
The author went into great detail telling all of the work of lumberjacks, using, original first washing machines, cooking stoves, sewing machines, working with animals on the small farm and life in general back in the early 1900’s.  I found the entire story fascinating, you are drawn in and can almost see the details of the story as described by the author.  I couldn’t believe how much work the women got done in a day and how hard they had to work at everything!  I really loved the characters of this book and really disliked the Uncle and his wife.  I found the story so very interesting!  I love historical fiction, and this one does have all of the bones of a great story.  I can’t wait until the next book comes out this being the first in the series, Under Northern Skies!
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review I believe from Bethany House.
Description as found on Good Reads:
When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?