To Everything a Season

To Everything a SeasonTo Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling
Series: Song of Blessing #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Bethany House on October 21, 2014
Pages: 342


Life goes on in the town of Blessing: newcomers, weddings, tragedies and challenges. Among the newcomers is Nurse Miriam Hastings, who struggles to reconcile her desire to help the wounded and her need to care for her own family. But her ties in Chicago become even more problematic when she meets Trygve Knutson – and she’s pulled in yet another direction as she tries to make her way in this new town.

If you’re a fan of Lauraine Snelling’s Red River of the North, Return to Red River, Daughters of Blessing and Home to Blessing series–like me–you’ll be eager to read the next chapter of the Bjorkland family’s story. To Everything a Season is the first book in a new series (this one’s called Song of Blessing) centred on the same Norwegian immigrant family who have helped found the fictional town of Blessing, North Dakota. I always bring great expectation when I open another book on the Bjorklands.

I love the characters, yet I fear that each new book may take the story a step too far.

I said before that life goes on in the town of Blessing – I’m afraid that it’s that very fact which contributes to the book’s disappointment for me. The story seems to be simply an account of life going on, with the usual ups and downs, and no real pressing conflict or journey that inspires me to invest in it.

The pace meanders along, and I was forever expecting something critical to happen.

The two central characters–Miriam and Trygve–weave in and out of the narrative, and I did enjoy the sweet romance between them. But by the end of the book, their story is left unfinished! Surely their story could have been completed in exchange for some other scenes which were quite unnecessary, even a little foolish…

After all this negativity, I have to say one thing–Lauraine Snelling has created a vast set of characters across her previous four series, and she manages to seamlessly include all the people that we are interested to know about.

This is the book’s saving grace, because I’m afraid I found the rest quite an effort to read. The writing was rather poor compared with her other books, which is a shame as I have always admired her writing. It felt rushed, a bit disorganised, and while I understood what was happening it didn’t ring quite true in places.

However, nobody’s perfect – I still hold great hopes for her next novel! She’s written too well in the past for me to discount her quickly.

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