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A Breath of Hope

(Under Northern Skies #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  670 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Nilda Carlson has been trying to save enough money to go to America for months, so when a letter arrives, with an offer to pay her passage, she jumps at the chance. Her younger brother Ivar accompanies her, and they are thrilled to join older brother Rune and his family in the northern forests of Minnesota.

But America is not everything Nilda imagined. A terrifying experien
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Sarah Grace Grzy
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 15+ for mature themes
It pains me to rate a Lauraine Snelling book only 3 stars. Unfortunately, this one was a little disappointing.

A Breath of Hope picks up right where A Promise of Dawn left off. I wasn't expecting Rune and Signe's family to be as much as part of this, but I am so glad they were. I love those characters so much . . . Nilda, also, was a fabulous character, and I liked her immediately.

The plot, in my opinion, was a little lacking. It feels like this book and A Promise of Dawn where two parts of the
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
I have to say that this book was a bit of a disappointment.

The beginning of the book was definitely my favorite part. I enjoyed it pretty well up until Nilda and Ivar moved to America. The mystery with Dreng was interesting and I liked reading about their hope of moving to America.

Their voyage to America was also lively and I really enjoyed that part as well. It was once they got to America that things really went down hill for me...

The plot in this book was almost nonexistent. I kept waiting
Libby May
3.5 stars.
A Breath of Hope was... interesting. There were a couple of historical inaccuracies that stood out for me, and it was slightly empty being the second book of the series. To read an in depth review, go here:

Things I Liked:

The Characters.
The Settings.
The Language.

Things I Didn't Like So Much:

The Plot. The Plot was almost non-exsistant. I felt like this was a bridge book for sure. Like the Carlson's needed to move forward in life, but some things
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Breath of Hope by Lauraine Snelling is the second novel in Under Northern Skies series. Nilda Carlson, Rune’s sister, wants to leave Norway and go to America. She is thrilled when a letter arrives from Einar Strand in America offering to pay for her passage. Nilda’s parents, though, will not allow her to travel alone. Ivar, her brother, will accompany her but he does not want to be beholden to Einar for his passage. Nilda must wait while the family earns enough money to pay for Ivar’s passage. ...more
Carolyn Scheidies
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lauraine has developed a set of families and characters over the years that become part of our lives. They seem to live and breathe in the past and present. This book is no different, building on the last book featuring Rune and Signes' immigration deal with the abuse of their uncle and sponsor.

Rune's sister and brother immigrate in this book, which furthers the story of Rune and Signe and their situation that now included his siblings. Only this time, Einar's wife Gerd has started to regain he
Vicky Sluiter
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, she did it again! Author Lauraine Snelling does an incredible job with Book 2 in this series. We meet up with Rune and Signe, Einar and Gerd, and many other familiar faces. We also get to know some secondary characters better. Well described, you’ll feel as if they’re family. And the descriptions of Minnesota, the farm, and the town are done so well that you’ll be planning a trip to visit there.

Most importantly, Snelling portrays God’s forgiveness in an unforgettable manner, as well as a p
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While you can read this without reading the first one, it means more when you have read the first one. Nilda is Norwegian and wants to come to America and is working to save for a ticket. Her uncle in America asks her to come to America and will send her a ticket that she can work off. Her brother decides to come with her. A realistic described trip to America only to find her uncle is a harsh and cruel man.No one seems to know why and his wife won’t say anything. Nilda’s sister and brother-in-l ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this, I enjoyed the first, but loved the second.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Breath of Hope is a wonderful story about immigration and the hardships and joys that are experienced when moving to a new country. This book is a great story about family and a reminder of God's love for us and finding joy in the little things of life.
I was a bit disappointed though it didn't keep my attention like I had hoped it would and for me it was a little drawn out. I would have liked to have read a little bit more about Nilda's time in Minnesota and not so much on the hardships she s
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story of people working together to help each other and forgiveness!!
Eddist Rhett
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope is Alive!

Mrs.Snelling! What an awesome story of faith, Hope and love! But it cannot be the end at such an amazing beginning for Gerd, The Carlsons , The Bensons! Tell me there is another, what if railroad owner! Lumber yard worker, teacher; Ivar wanted to do more maybe there , Nilda's hope of marriage! I'll pray and wait! Thank you this two stories were uplifting! I lost several people I love and two books in a week help soothe my spirits!!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited about this book that I found myself waking early on April 3rd to see if it had been added yet to my audible library and when it had I had to start listening to it and then I listened to it several times during the day and so I finished it all in one day and now I am listening to it again at a slower pace. Though I loved the first book in this series I think that I loved this one more. Ms. Snelling has such a way with words that draw you into the story even from the very first wo ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
This is a well-written, intriguing story of family relationships, working to achieve your dreams, and learning to forgive. Even though the setting of this book is not my favorite, I still was drawn into the story and was quite interested to seen how things worked out. I would look forward to reading a sequel to this story.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about this book.
Janet Friesner
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second novel in a new series from Lauraine Snelling. This is the continuation of the story of a family immigrating from Norway to Minnesota to work for a family member who has a farm with lots of trees and the relationship of this new family trying to cope with a not very nice Uncle. I am enjoying this new series by this wonderful writer of Christian Fiction and am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.
“Life can change in the blink of an eye, and most times we have no control over it.”
--Signe’s Mor

Once again we meet up with Signe and Rune Carlson in Benson’s Corner, Minnesota approximately a year after they have settled in to life in America with Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd. The farm and logging business are doing pretty well with Rune and the boys help; Signe has Aunt Gerd back on her feet, feeling better, and in a better frame of mind. Baby Kirstin is thriving and bringing joy to their lives.
After reading The Promise of Dawn, the first book in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Even though I was excited to read it I was also a bit hesitant. I fell in love with Lauraine Snelling's storytelling in the first book and was a bit worried that it was a fluke and I wouldn't enjoy other books by her as much. I needn't have worried though as I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more.

The author has created characters that are so realistic and likable that it is impos
First sentence: Nilda Carlson stared at the money in her hand.

Premise/plot: A Breath of Hope is the sequel to Lauraine Snelling's The Promise of Dawn. In the first book readers met Signe and Rune Carlson and journeyed with them to America. The couple and their children began working for their relatives Einar and Gerd. Einar is a lumberman with a booming temper; Gerd, in the first book, had a mighty temper as well. Hers seems to be the result of pain and regret. Signe's kindness and graciousness
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
When I began A Breathe of Hope, it grabbed my attention. I wanted to know Nilda Carlson more and how she was going to make it over to another country and be with her brother, Rune, at her Uncle's farm. The life that Rune and his family faced was tough. Their basic needs were met, and yet the Uncle Einar was never happy, and made life so hard. The family faced struggles, hardships, and yet through it all, they remain focused on caring for each other and making a better life for themselves.

I give
This was a wonderful book filled with love, forgiveness, family, and God’s grace. The way this family prayed and trusted God with their lives was truly amazing and an example we should all take note of. 

I found this book heart warming, and it reminded me of the simpler times. They had to work so hard back then, but they worked for their food and shelter. Sitting around the table together was normal and enjoying coffee with friends was an exceptional treat. Family should be the most important thi
Margaret Yelton
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from this author, and I will have to say it was a refreshing breathe of fresh air. I live in Minnesota and love seeing the state used in books. The characters in the book are refreshing, and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely read more from this author. I won this book in a Good reads give away and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Beth Erin
Jan 31, 2018 added it
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Leona Atkinson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
" A Breath of Hope" is what Signe Carlson is feeling as Spring comes to Minnesota and with it news that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are being invited by Uncle Einar and Gerd to come from Norway to live and work on the farm. This is a dream come true for Nilda Carlson and her brother, Ivar who have been working hard to save enough money to make the trip and also for Signe and Rune who can use the extra help with their heavy workload put on them by Uncle Einar.

Einar is still overbearing
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those book series that you wish the author could write faster; like maybe a book every few months! I read the Promise of Dawn and could not wait for this book to come out! You can read it as a standalone but you will want to read the first one so you won’t miss anything!
After a great many struggles, Rune and his family are still working for his cantankerous (and that’s putting it nicely) Uncle Einar, and finishing building their new home. With them moving soon, Uncle Eniar will ne
Jaina Rose
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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This review, and many more like it, are available at Read Till Dawn .

I really, really enjoyed the first book in the "Under Northern Skies" series, The Promise of Dawn. I was excited to see the story continue with A Breath of Hope.

And, on the whole, I'm satisfied with this second instalment in the series. Nilda is an interesting new character, though I almost found her a little bland in comparison to the rest of the family. It's hard for a young, single woman who mostly just helps with th
Mary Early
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lorraine Snelling's stories set in Blessing, North Dakota, and was glad to find references to Blessing in this Minnesota story of Norwegians who made their way to North America. In Breath of Hope, Rune and Signe Carlson and their boys have been living in norther Minnesota with an aunt and uncle for a year or so. Uncle Einar is cruel and demanding and insists that all of the nearby townspeople stay off his land. For the early days of the young family's presence, even Aunt Gert was hard to ...more
Lesa Caputo
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I just love getting into a Lauraine Snelling series! I've just finished book 2 here in the Under Northern Skies series and I wonder what everyone is doing. That's how her books are for me, they are subtle, they are about the everyday, and you get to know each of the characters, and now that the books is read - you wonder what they are doing today!
I loved book 1 - The Promise of Dawn, and A Breath of Hope was the same - loved it. I enjoy the historical aspect, what was daily live like back i
Erica Nicole Pait
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this book 5 stars. One of my absolute favorite parts of this series is that the conflict for the story doesn't come from a romantic storyline. Instead, the conflict comes from Einar. I just find it really refreshing not to have me romantic notions crushed for 300 pages. Of course, there's still some romance, Rune and Signe are married. Nilda seems to be attracting her share of honeybees. But really, the main love in this story is familial love. It's precious. I can't believe the chang ...more
3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

A Breath of Hope is book 2 in the Under Northern Skies Series. In book one we are introduced to Rune and Signe and I highly recommend reading The Promise of Dawn first. To see what this young family went through getting to America and the welcome their received, it will all make sense in this book to know the history.

The author did a great job of her character building with Einar, he is one cranky and nasty person. I was looking forward to figuring out what made him t
Aurelia Mast-glick
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I really like this series. I like fiction books that are not just romance and fairy tale. I like books that get down to earth and are real and relatable. Yes I like fluff sometimes too, but these books here--I like them.

This is the story of a family who immigrated to Minnesota from Norway. The first book told the story of Rune and his family and now this book is about his brother and sister that come over too. They live with their aunt and uncle, a crusty bitter angry old man who makes life extr
Another book that I read to Diana. We can't do much anymore after her stroke, so I read to her to spend time together. Diana has always loved to have someone to read to her - and I like to do just that.

We read the first book of this series some time ago. It took a while to get this book from the library but we were able to pick up the story line almost immediately. So far this series differs from what we had come to expect from Lauraine Snelling stories with the character Einar Strand.

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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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