To Everything a Season is the first book I have read by Lauraine Snelling. It is set to release on October 14, 2014. After reading this book, I would love to read more of her books. It is based in a town called Blessing, North Dakota, and also has parts that take place in Chicago, Illinois. It is a branch off of other series also placed in Blessing. Because I haven’t read any of Snelling’s books there were relationships that I felt I should have known about but didn’t. That being said I was drawn into the characters right away. This book is about the whole town of Blessing, but focuses on Trygve Knutson and Miriam Hastings.
Trygve has been out of town and away from family while installing windmills and water wells, but decides with everything that is going on he needs to be home. While running an errand for his family Trygve meets Miriam, and is immediately interested in her. Miriam is in Blessing to be trained more thoroughly as a nurse, and doesn’t want to fall in love with someone where she isn’t planning on staying.
The town of Blessing sounds amazing along with all of the people who are living in it. I enjoyed learning about how life could have been back then. I have never read a story where Norwegians were the main characters, and found it very fun. It was interesting to hear about immigrants and how they lived back then, sometimes in tents until housing could be built. I loved how if anyone needed help no one would hesitate to jump in. Almost everyone in Blessing treated each other like family. And Snelling brought out the fact that a lot of times people can’t speak the same language. This is something most people might not think about, but is too common where I live. When being treated by a doctor it is important to be able to talk the same language and tell them what is going on and for how long it’s been happening. I liked getting to hear the story from several different points of view, even though it made me cry at times. This shows how good of a writer Snelling is, even if crying makes it a little harder to read at that moment. Faith in God is present throughout the whole story. And there are strong family ties, no matter how far away they are. I would like to read Snelling’s other books with the Bjorklund family. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It’s going to be hard to wait until the next book in this series comes out!