On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I thought I would have to skip Flashback Friday this week because I couldn’t wait to read Heather Blake’s new book, but I had a little extra time so I decided to squeeze this book in to take care of North Dakota for my Literary Escapes Challenge.
Dakota Dream (Dakota Series)
Christian Historical Fiction
2nd in Series
Setting – North Dakota
Story Architect (November 26, 2018)*
Print Length: 125 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07KX8PHJ2
*This book was originally released in 1993 by Barbour Publishing, Inc. It has been re-released a few times. The links within this post are for the latest release that is available now on Amazon. I read a paperback copy from 1998.
“I came to American expecting to be married.”
Clara Johanson has a ticket to America and a photograph of a blond, curly-haired, blue-eyed man to prove her point. But when she arrives in Soldahl, North Dakota, the man who meets her at the train station, Dag Weinlander, is definitely not blond and, to make matters worse, he obviously hasn’t bathed in days.
At least she knows she will see joy in her sister’s face when she surprises her by arriving at her Soldahl home. As Clara begins her unexpected life as a single, Norwegian immigrant, she experiences the truth of God’s Word that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Along the way she helps others, even Dag Weinlander, experience that truth too, as she steps into a new Dakota Dream far different than the one that brought her all the way from Bergen, Norway.
Dakota Dream is the second book of the Dakota Series that features the intertwining lives of five inspiring women who live in the early 1900s in the farming community of Soldahl, North Dakota.
We met Nora Johanson in Dakota Dawn, the first book in this series. Now we meet her sister Clara who received a plane ticket to bring her from Norway to Soldahl, North Dakota along with an unreadable letter and a photo of a man with blond hair and blue eyes. After days of travel and then hours waiting at the train station, she is disappointed when a man that looks nothing like the man in the picture shows up to take her to her sister’s home. Concentrating on seeing her sister and meeting the man she is going to marry, she gets in the boarish man’s buggy while trying to escape his smell. She knows got has a plan for her.
In Dakota Dream, Clara’s new life begins by helping others including Dag Weinlander, the man who met her at the station. With perfect amounts of drama and romance, we travel back to a very exciting time in American history.
I felt so bad for both Clara and Dag at first but in the end, they turned the tables. Hard work and perseverance along with their faith made a new life for them both.
The author is an expert at catching moments in time with stories everyone can enjoy and I sure did.
About the Author
Lauraine Snelling is the best-selling author of over seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Lauraine and her husband Wayne live in California with a Basset Hound named Winston.
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The Journey (Kentucky Brothers)
Series: Kentucky Brothers (Book 1)
Publisher: Barbour Books (April 5, 2011)
Paperback: 382 pages
E-Book File Size: 1080 KB
In this first installment of the Kentucky Brothers saga we meet Titus Fisher. He waited to court young Phoebe Stoltzfus until she was old enough. He knew he wanted to marry her since she was 13 and he was 17 but as they moved closer to marriage Phoebe wanted to move away from the Amish way of life and Titus to go with her. He couldn’t do that. So away she went from Pennsylvania to California leaving his heart shattered.
Then Titus received a job opportunity in a Amish Community in Kentucky. Against his mother’s wishes he decides to take the job and start fresh in a new place. The people in Kentucky are very welcoming and he meets many new people, including a couple of women they may help fill the hole Phoebe left in his heart.
Last year I read The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and loved it. I knew I wanted to read more by this author and once I started reading this story I couldn’t stop.
This author really takes us on a journey with Titus. He was truly having trouble growing up and becoming his own man in Pennsylvania in the shadow of his family and a mother that just loved him so much she really had a hard time letting go. It was a major decision for Titus to move away on his own and when he arrived in Kentucky is was hardly smooth sailing. There was a young woman he saw every day that reminded him of the girl that broke his heart. His living situation was far from ideal. Plus he really missed the family he left behind.
I read books like this to give me a break from the mysteries and thrillers that I usually read. I love the slower pace and the traditional dialogue. There is a little mystery mixed in too that I enjoy but it is definitely a minor subplot. Brunstetter gives us “English” a peek at the Amish Plain life with a nice balance of coming of age, romance, and a perfect amount of humor.
After I started reading I realized this series was a spinoff from another series but I had no trouble following the story but I will probably go back and read that series after this one.
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The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
Published by Barbour Books
After the death of her husband Amish widow, Emma Yoder has become quite dependent on her family to help make ends meet financially. To ease some of that burden she decides to start teaching a quilting class. She posts notices and puts an ad in the local newspaper. She is very surprised as the students show up for their first class.
A young widower with his infant daughter is hoping to find someone to finish a quilt his wife started for their daughter before she died.
A couple in marriage counseling who were told to find something they could do together.
A preacher’s wife looking for an outlet outside her church to help ease her stress as the church board and her husband disagree on the direction of the church.
A Harley riding construction worker who has lost his driver’s license arrives on a bicycle after his probation officer suggests he find something creative to do.
A young woman who is struggling in life with a mother not always there for her and dealing with the death of her grandmother.
This group of misfits is brought together like the pieces of a crazy quilt where they learn much more than quilt making. God works in mysterious ways.
This may be my first Wanda E. Brunstetter novel but it won’t be my last.
The Amish live a “simple life” and inviting Englishers into their homes is not easy. Brunstetter has created a lovely story bringing the two groups together. The students have vast differences among them and other than knowing that the Amish live in the area they really don’t know much about the culture. They gather together each Saturday morning for 2 hours and take away so much more from the classes than how to make a quilt. Lifelong bonds are formed. There is also a very cool surprise near the end.
God puts people in our paths for a reason. The author has taken that premise and built a heartwarming story around it.
The is a light, fast, inspiring and delightful story that everyone will enjoy, no quilting knowledge required.
To find out more about this author visit her web page at http://www.wandabrunstetter.com
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