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A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing #1)

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Ellie Wold can't wait to graduate from high school. She and Andrew Bjorklund have been waiting to get married since...well, since forever, and in June they will finally wed. When Andrew announces they have to postpone the wedding, she's disappointed but takes it in stride--there must be a good reason, or Andrew's pa wouldn't ask it of them. But Andrew is angry and can't un...more
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Published October 3rd 2008 by Oasis Audio (first published 2006)
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Although the words "Daughters of Blessing #1" on the cover led me to believe that I was reading the first books of a series, I soon learned that this wasn't accurate. Technically, it is a new series, but Lauraine Snelling has written NINE books involving the Bjorklund family and friends prior to this one. Although I was interested in Ellie and Andrew enough to finish the book, I wouldn't consider this a stand-alone story. Many references are made to events in the other books, and even though eno...more
SUMMARY: Return to Blessing, North Dakota, with the story of Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold. After graduating in May of 1900, the two make plans to marry once the harvest is over and their new house is finished. They spend the summer working hard, and the Lord seems to shine on and in them in a special way. Everyone rejoices in their happiness. Everyone except for Toby Valders, who is determined to get even for all the drubbings he has taken from Andrew through the years. Andrew, however, has p...more
Kelly M
The first in a series of 4, this book (and series) is actually a sequel to a larger series of books all about pioneers in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and (the original series spans 1880 to about 1900) takes place in the first 4 or 5 years of the 20th century. The characters in these 4 books are the daughters of the women in the first series. These books appealed to my love of all things pioneer, "Little House on the Prairie", life in simpler times, and very Christian without being preac...more
I have loved reading these books in order and am ready to go to the library to pick up the next one. Watching the family grow and expand, the issues facing those who live on the prairie in this time period, all of this goes together to make an enjoyable reading time. I can recommend them to others without worrying about content that may offend. Pure, wholesome, good for any level reader.
Andrea Guy
A Promise For Ellie is the first book in Lauraine Snelling's Daughters of Blessing series. Blessing is a small town in North Dakota where many of Snellings books take place. They also revolve around members of the Bjorkland family. This story takes place in 1900 and its main characters are Ellie Wold and Andrew Bjorkland.

These two have planned to marry since they were kids. From the beginning you can see that they are good for each other. Ellie is a stabling influence on Andrew who has a tende...more
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slow/slō/ Adj: Moving or operating, or designed to do so, only at a low speed. Adv: At a slow pace; slowly. Synonyms: sluggish - tardy - dull - slack - dilatory - heavily - gently - slacken - decelerate - delay.

This book makes Les Miserables seem rushed.

But it really takes off around chapter 20 or so.

The witty banter was painful, too clever, I think, and many modern expressions were out of place among turn-of-the-century Norwegian immigrants. ("He had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek," t...more
I haven't finished this one...not sure if I will. It's ok...but if I never finish it I don't think I'll be awake at night wondering what happened. Looking at other reviews, I realize this book comes after 2 other series...and that makes sense. I really felt like I was missing some information, maybe it should be called Daughters of Blessings 3.1 or something so we know it's the third series. I really wanted to like this book though, I love Christian historic fiction, I just never really got into...more
Kind of in the "Christian simple" genre (is that a tacky moniker). Enough references to God and prayer, and enough struggle to see His impact. I read this book because it was about North Dakota homesteaders and that is in my genealogy pool. It was interesting to see the engenuity (sp?) and creativeness in living. No major snow storms, no major floods, so that is why is is simple. Very predicatable.
A sweet book. It's the first in the series (of two) but obviously some of the characters appear in earlier books. It's like a current Amish story, but it's set around 1900 in a Scandinavian immigrant Lutheran community. I did keep expecting the man who burned in fire to become more of a mystery, but I suppose it really was just a bum who was smoking and set fire to the shack.
It was soooooo long. I guess I like my stories to move along and this read like an endless preachy documentary. Not that it was poorly written or anything, but it just wasn't compelling. It took me a few weeks to listen to it because I was too bored by it to get back to it.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the story talks about young love and the dissappointments that we have when we are young and in love and how we must rely on God no matter what. The trials and tribulations are what make us wise and our love strong.
I couldn't make myself finish it. It was very slow and even halfway through the plot was just not moving quickly. Maybe I will go back to it, maybe not.
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This is the tenth book in the Bjorklund saga but can be enjoyed without having read the earlier books. Essentially this story concerns two immature and uncertain young people, Ellie and Andrew, who have been emotionally attached since early childhood. They have made a commitment to marry, perhaps prematurely, since they discover that in adult roles they know very little about the honest and open communication required. So, they struggle to meet each other half way, to trust one another and belie...more
Rachel Brand
This book was rather disappointing. The synopsis sounded great, and I liked the idea of reading about Norwegian settlers, but I didn't realise that this series followed on the back of two other series about the same characters. I expect you can only really enjoy this book if you're familiar with the characters, as I was just confused by all the summarising about every single person Ellie or Andrew encountered. Plus, the expectation that you already knew the characters meant that not a lot of tim...more
Allison Denny
It's been two years since I read this for a class assignment and it still gives me all the anger. Poor writing, a plot without a conflict, a romance without any chemistry or even an arc to the relationship, frank discussion of every part of the reproductive cycle except for intercourse... (Childbirth? Yep. Death in childbirth? Sure. Breastfeeding? Great. Periods so heavy the woman in question passes out due to loss of blood? Let's get into detail about how stained other peoples' clothes get. Sex...more
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I read this via Book on CD from Recorded Books Inspirational. Overall I enjoyed the story. It was really long though, and not quite enjoyable for the entire time. It starts with an accident that is never explained, and there are a couple other related events that I guess stuck out to me more, but they never had answers and that sort of thing bothers me. The main themes of the book are about growing up, and dealing with anger appropriately. Oh my goodness, the anger that these character personali...more
Rhonda Walker
Reading this series was an enjoyable way to stay in touch with the characters I'd already come to love in an earlier series. Snellings' characters are people you don't want to say goodbye to.
There are problems galore in this tale set in Blessing, North Dakota in 1900. Life on the farm is a hard one, and you often must put aside your own desires for the good of your family and the community. Andrew and Ellie have waited long months to marry, but must wait even longer when their housing materials are delayed and other unfortunate mishaps occur. Andrew's temper gets the best of him, and a near tragedy almost ruins both their lives. Author Lauraine Snelling does a credible job in portra...more
It's clean but it's slow. I love Christian authors most of the time but this one was sappy and without plot until the very end of the book.
The Christian version of what I call a trashy romance novel. (Romance without the trash -- Christian version because there's a lot of praying, going to church, etc. in it and no smut, plus they actually stay chaste until they're married.) You won't actually have to read Snelling's other books before you read this one. I hadn't read any of her previous books before I read this one and didn't feel like I had missed anything major. It might encourage you to go get some of her other books though as...more
I was captured by the book cover on this one and wanted to read it since it said Historical Fiction, thinking it would be similar to books that I enjoy reading about Pioneer Age in the United States.

Unfortunately, I was fairly disappointed as it was just about a young couple, one with utmost faith in God and one struggling with his faith.

The book overall was "okay" as it was a cute little story, just wasn't deep enough for me to really "fall in love" with the main characters.

I do plan on readin...more
A good book about Norwegian immigrants living in North Dakota. The story centers around two young people deeply in love with each other and anxious to be married. During the summer after graduation they experience many trials and tribulations before the can discover how strong their love rely is.
A: Borrowed this series from a coworker and feel like I'm sitting down for coffee with old friends. I'm able to follow along fine although I haven't read the second series about the Bjorklands. To try and play catch up I checked them out of the library and am doing dual book readings. Thankfully, each book focuses on different characters so I'm able to keep things straight. The main characters in the previous series just have supporting roles (and are older) in this series.
Rebecca Cordova
This is one of my fave books in the Bjorkland Family saga. It is a precious and sweet walk through the pages with two young lovers who have grown up with each other and finally are able to join their lives together as man and wife but not before some tragedy that will keep you anxiously hoping for this young couple's future to go on and be happy ever after.
This is the first book I've read from this author and this book is the first in a series, but I got the feeling that half the book was updating readers on characters from other books. It skipped around erratically to side tracks that did not contribute to this story. This would be a really good book if someone had edited out 50 pages of filler.
Jenna C.
I have to say this was a good book. But it did have it's ups and downs. I enjoyed reading it, and liked how there were things to test Ellie and Andrew's love. However, for the whole time I was reading it, I was waiting and waiting for the excitement to happen. But it didn't...that is, not until the end. Other than that, it was a fairly good story :)
She and Andrew have been engaged for years. Hopeing to meet and marry after her graduation. The Year has finally come. Ellie runs into the arms of Andrew only to find. They have both changed. As their house is being rasied. Tragedy causes Andrew to be sent to jail. Ellie and Andrew need God to make their relationship work. Will they survive?
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

They love to tra...more
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