Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: To Everything A Season

To Everything A Season - Book 1 - Song of Blessing series by Lauraine Snelling

To Everything A Season is the first book in the Song of Blessing series. This series is a continuation of all the other stories set in Blessings, North Dakota. It's not a stand alone novel, and I highly recommend you read the other series first. You won't regret it! Those books are some of the best historical fiction I have read. I love how realistically she writes them all. She is definitely one of my favorite authors for that reason! Even though I've loved all her other Bjorklund stories, I didn't really enjoy this one. It's supposed to be mainly about Trygve and Miriam, but I didn't even catch on to that until later. I kept wondering where in the world is she going with this story? Every time I thought I knew, I found out I was wrong. lol

Here is the book's blurb:

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

My thoughts:

I did like how we are hearing more about Trygve, but I didn't like the choppiness of the story. There was so much going on and so many characters in the story it just didn't flow like her other books. I really wish she would have concentrated on Trygve and Miriam and have some parts with Ingeborg so you can find out what is going on with every body else like how she did in the other books. I enjoyed hearing more about Astrid and seeing how things are changing since Ingeborg and Haakan are getting older. Overall though, I was pretty disappointed. :-( I usually fly through her books, but I plodded through this one. If you've never read any of the Blessing books, please do! Don't let this one bad book make you think ill of her other stories. The others are really really good! Plus, I didn't like how she seemed to be saying that all Christian religions are the same. I don't remember that in her other books, but it has been awhile. :-)

I have no interest in the rest of this series. I didn't really like Miriam, to be honest. But it could just be because she wasn't a main focus. I didn't get to know her or even see much of Trygve and Miriam's budding relationship. Except that they both like sodas.... haha  

I was given this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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