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A Heart for Home (Home to Blessing #3)

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Astrid Bjorklund is on the Red Bud Indian Reservation in South Dakota trying to stop the horrific epidemic that is ravaging the tribe. The elders are suspicious of her, but when they see some of their people beginning to recover, they allow Astrid to continue caring for the sick and to train others to help. She is overwhelmed by this need so close to home and wonders if th ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 18th 2011)
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Victor Gentile
Apr 21, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of interviewing Lauraine Snelling, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "A Heart For Home" Book Three in the Home To Blessing series published by Bethany House.

This book picks up with Astrid Bjorklund and her friends on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota valiantly trying to stop the measles outbreak that the tribe was dying from. As the only doctor the strain is harder on her but the need is great and there are but a few of them to help. I am
Jan 26, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
Instead of writing a review for this one single book, I am going to write a review here for all of her Bjorklund series'. (Red River of the North, Return to Red River, Daughters of Blessing, and Home to Blessing.)

Premise 4 of 5

I enjoyed Snelling's YA books, and also liked her Secret Refuge series, and decided to try this series, too. I definitely had high hopes for those books.

Plot 4 of 5

I'll be honest, but the plots of those books are not can't-put-it-down type of storylines. They cover the eve
Regina Spiker
The story opens with Dr. Astrid Bjorkland tending the Indians, dying from disease and starvation on a reservation in South Dakota, a place where she believes God has sent her. When she finally arrives back home in Blessing, North Dakota, Astrid comes to the conclusion that she can not marry the man who has been courting her - for he can not understand that she is first and foremost a doctor and on top of it, he carries a deep bitterness towards the Indians. Meanwhile, the town of Blessing is gro ...more
Krista Jensen
Jul 16, 2014 Krista Jensen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I am SO sad to be completely finished with this entire series of books chronicling the lives of the Bjorkland family of Blessing, North Dakota. I wish it could just continue to go on and on. I feel like I am going to miss my old friends when I can no longer open a book and catch up with them. I thoroughly enjoyed every single book from beginning to end! I highly recommend them to anyone looking for for a good historical Christian fiction read.
Becky B
This book wraps up the Home to Blessing series. Astrid & Elizabeth begin to see some of their dreams for healthcare in the area realized. Building is booming and more people are invited to Blessing by Thorliff and his team to help with all the construction on things like the hospital and seeder factory. Ingeborg has to learn to trust her loved ones to her heavenly Father. Joshua has to surrender his dreams of marrying Astrid to God, and Astrid must trust God to provide the right man for her. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Allan67 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book read to the wife. She loves to be read to, she always has. Reading is one of the few things that we can do together after her stroke.

A Heart for Home is the third of three books in this series. It is good to read this series in order for the complete experience of the story

Without giving away too many details, this book begins with Astrid, her father and others traveling to the Indian Reservation to take supplies and medical aid to the Indians living there. It continues on to the de
Mar 11, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am sad and glad to say good bye to the people of Blessing. I have enjoyed all four series of book about this town and its' families.
Jeanette Fallon
May 01, 2011 Jeanette Fallon rated it it was amazing
Hated to see series end. Enjoyed it!
Mar 11, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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This is the sixteenth book of Snelling's Bjorklund/Red River/Blessing saga, covering a quarter century timeline, which started with the Red River of the North series of six books, followed by the Return to Red River trilogy, the Daughters of Blessing quartet, and concluded with the Home to Blessing trilogy. For me it has been a long but enjoyable trek, despite some of the author's inconsistencies, inadequate research on some topics and her inauthentic naming of Norwegians (strange first name spe ...more
Amanda Kroeschel
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Nov 24, 2013 Dorrice rated it it was amazing
With great regret I must say farewell to the good people of Blessing, ND. The series (beginning with Red River of the North) spanned the time two Norwegian families decided to leave Norway and find new opportunities in the American West to more than 20 years later when the town of Blessing (so named because it was a blessing to its people)was growing almost exponentially. All because those lovely people understood the concept of working together and cooperating with each other.

Add to that the wo
Douglas & Carolyn Brown
Wonderful Read

I have read all of Lauraine Snelling's books, and enjoyed each one in the different series. They move right along, have mystery, love and romance, family closeness and keep the reader interested. I recommend this book to anyone who is into wholesome reading.
Shannon Winslow
Sep 14, 2011 Shannon Winslow rated it really liked it
Although I enjoyed this book, it wasn't the best of the series and failed to fully live up to my high expectations. It seemed a little scattered, lacking clear direction and purpose. Even near the end, when it should have been building to a glorious culmination, events seemed almost random. And I found the way the love story line concluded less than satisfying. Still, I give it 4 stars, based more on the series as a whole rather than this single volume. I appreciate stories about ordinary people ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Bjorklund book. Love learning about the tech advances, the growth of the community and the love in Blessing
Oct 23, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series. this series dragged for me but I did like this book. A clean author. I like the time period.
Jan 21, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Fabulous series. Everything tuned out just right!
Aug 05, 2015 Cindy added it
I realized partway through the book, I'd read this before, but continued. This is a book in a series by Lauraine Snelling...another one of her good ones. I love Lauraine's books.
A Heart for Home is the 16th book about the good people of Blessing, ND, and possibly the last. If so, I think that Lauraine Snelling ended on a good note. There was nothing shocking in the plot, but it was comforting to spend some time in that city again. If you've read all the other books in the series, then reading this one is like visiting your hometown and catching up on all the news.
Aug 03, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it
Well Astrid was off and running again in this book. She was sent to an Indian Reservation to help with the measles. Alot of death occurred and she helped alot. Her father and two other men from her town came to help. She told Joshua that he could not court her and that he would never be able to. Joshua, Toby and Daniel all found local girls to court. One of them being Astrid. The new hospital was built and dedicated. New homes and new people were pouring into the town on the promise of work.
Aug 04, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, christian
This book was OK, but I had a lot of difficulty keeping track of the characters and the mix of Norwegian dialogue was confusing. I didn't feel like it was historically accurate, i.e. the use of telephone and indoor plumbing. Although South Dakota (not North Dakota) did have the highest percentage of telephone lines during that time period, the cost would have been prohibitive to use it as frequently as the characters in the story did. This took a lot away from the story for me.
Debra Scott
Feb 05, 2014 Debra Scott rated it really liked it
I don't want to leave Blessing ND!!
Jan 28, 2014 Krissie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
reservation help with epidemic
Mar 13, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it
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Aug 14, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
I've been reading the Red River of the North series (and all the spin-offs) for three years now. The books have spanned 24 years of these characters' lives. So when I read one of these books, it is more like a family reunion or visit with old friends. This wasn't the best book in the series but you can't expect every family reunion to be the best either. Still a wonderful read.
Dec 22, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
This was, IMO, the best book of the series since: a) I finally knew who everyone was and what they did, b) it had a nice though rather transparent plot, and c) a good ending without a cliff hanger. What more can you want in a book than a nice not too fluffy romance, interesting plot, and a good ending (action I suppose would add something more, but this isn't that type of book).
May 23, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Well I have enjoyed this series and am glad it is at an end. I liked the book. I thought she wrapped up the end a little to quickly and some of the characters that she had built up through the series just never reappeared in this last book and I wondered what happened and where they went, but it was a good read! Thanks for the clean stories of romance Lauraine!
Cassey Mikaari teshika
i really love this light reading storybook. astrid's focus has made me see God more than anything else in this world.
May 23, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
I didn't like this book as well as the others in the series. It was a little slow at times and these are slow paced books anyways. But it was nice to have a conclusion to the series. Can't wait for Lauraine Snellings new series in November. This one dragged on a little too long.
Mel Barnes
May 28, 2012 Mel Barnes rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed

Thank heavens that this book ended the way I realistically thought it should. I was really thinking the author was going to go against the struggle and be completely pushy but that's not what happened. It followed a realistic path and I'm happy. Good read.
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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
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