Oct 12, 2017
The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling
Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series
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?
My initial reaction to this book is simply "wow". I feel like I was transported back to what my Norwegian ancestors may have experienced when they came from Norway so many years ago. Life in the US was hard, and I believe that Lauraine Snelling accurately captured the struggles and also the joys of their new life.
Even in the midst of their trials and unimaginable adjustments, Signe and Rune held steadfast onto their faith and their family. Integrity and respect for others (especially their grumpy and demanding relatives) was very difficult at times, but they persevered.
I have read many books by Lauraine Snelling, and once again I enjoyed the book from cover to cover. I look forward to reading the other books in this new series, Under Northern Skies.
Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.