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A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,527 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
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
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Two days ago I finished this book. Since then, I have found myself thinking about Blessing. Reading A Promise for Ellie is like sitting in your most comfortable chair with a cup of coffee, relaxed and contented. I miss it. Several years ago I read the Red River Valley series and had just never read either of the spin off series until A Promise for Ellie. I'm so glad I did. I"m going to start the next book in the Daughter's of Blessing, Sophie's Dilemma.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book in the summer and forgot about it on my kindle. Picked it back up last week and enjoyed it tremendously. It tells a story of forgiveness, hardship and love. I loved the detailed prairie scenes that Ms Snelling portrayed in her writing.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christine Meunier
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, christian
Ellie is a delightful character and I really enjoyed getting to know the people of Blessing. Another enjoyable Christian read by Lauraine Snelling.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book about really messing up and then accepting God's love and forgiveness. One thing I love about her books is the way she demonstrates how it is to pray for the Lord to heal people, to use the authority we have in Christ! Now on to the next book!
Margaret May
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed book very much. Worried something horrible was going to happen.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my favorite authors. You can't go wrong with her books. She does such a good job showing us much about the Lord and our relationship with Him.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow to start

It didn't get really interesting until the end. Before that it just kind of meandered along, though pleasantly. A nice read to pass the time.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. A good start to the Daughters of Blessing series. I really enjoyed reading Ellie and Andrew's story. It's been fun reading about them growing up in the past series.
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
Sharayah Marsh
It was a fairly simple storyline but enjoyable nonetheless.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vicki Andrada
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of these books. While this book was no exception, it is my least favorite of the books about blessing Lauraine Snelling has written. I'm not even sure why, I think because this book deals with so much anger. I believe that of course anger is an issue many struggle with, and thus she wrote it because of that. I've felt anger, but nothing like was struggled with in this book. Anger and irritability are things I have somewhat of a hard time dealing with in my own life, not my anger ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book needed to be preceded by several other books in either this series or other "Blessing" books that I never read, because I was a bit lost. Lots of Norwegian names such as Bjorklund, which happens to be the main family in the book. There was a family tree, which would have been helpful to look at to make sense of all he names bandied about, but in the Kindle edition it is unreadable without a strong magnifying glass. This was a whole community of people you almost had to be famil ...more
Most of this book was dull, repetitious, and hard to push through. The author saved most of the action for the last 20% or so of the book and until that time the novel had too little story material to support its length, making the plot flimsy and collapsing it into repetitiveness. There was an interesting mystery in the beginning, that was never solved, probably saving it for future books, so the author cheated the reader out of even that much. Ellie and Andrew just spent a lot of time getting ...more
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
Carol Mcgrath
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book.

Kellie left her family to go to Blessing to marry Andrew. When she arrived she was told that the wedding would be postponed. Andrew's father didn't tell him why, just that they couldn't get married yet. Andrew became very upset with his father because it meant that him and Ellie couldn't start their life. It wasn't just his father, the barn had to raised and the home he ordered from Sears hadn't arrived. When the house finally came it was not the one she wanted but Andrew
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Award-winning and bestselling author Lauraine Snelling has over 80 books published with sales of over 4.5 million. Her original dream was to write horse books for children. Today, she writes adult novels about real issues centered on forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer in her inspirational contemporary women’s fiction titles and historical series, including the favorite, Blessing books ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Daughters of Blessing (4 books)
  • Sophie's Dilemma (Daughters of Blessing, #2)
  • A Touch of Grace (Daughters of Blessing, #3)
  • Rebecca's Reward (Daughters of Blessing, #4)