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#FlashbackFriday – Dakota Dream (Dakota Series) by Lauraine Snelling #Review / #Giveaway #FF

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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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.

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About the Author

Find more books by Lauraine Snelling here.

Unfortunately, my copy is not in giveaway condition
so I will giveaway 1 Kindle Copy.

Book will be sent directly from Amazon. 

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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*This book was from my private collection.


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#FlashbackFriday – Dakota Dawn: The Dakota Plains Series #1 by Lauraine Snelling – #Review / #Giveaway

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.

While reorganizing my PaperBackSwap bookshelf I came across this little book and a few others I had entirely forgotten about. This book landed on the top of my Flashback Friday stack because it is set in North Dakota. A state I needed for my Literary Escapes Challenge. While reading it, the characters seemed familiar. When I went to add it to my GoodReads account I realized I had read it before in 2012. I found the rest of the series too. So I have North Dakota covered for my challenge for a few more years, if I can wait that long to read the rest. 

Dakota Dawn: The Dakota Plains Series
1st in Series
Historical Christian Fiction
Setting – North Dakota
Barbour Publishing, Inc (March 1994)
Mass Market Paperback: 186 pages
ISBN-10: 1557484007
ISBN-13: 978-1557484000
Mission Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1618431781
ISBN-13: 978-1618431783

”Soldahl! Next stop, Soldahl!”

When Nora Johanson heard the conductor’s words, her heart began to race. At last she would be in the arms of the man she had promised to marry – Hans Larson. At fifteen she was so sure of their love. Now, three years later and far from the mountains and fjords of her beloved homeland, Norway, she wondered. . . .

She stepped off the train, found her trunk full of quilts, hand-embroidered linens, and household treasures painted with rosemaling designs, and looked anxiously for Hans. The pelting March snow stung her cheeks.”Where is he? Dear God, what will I do?” When Hans failed to arrive at the train station that night, Nora found herself thrown into a life she never expected– Reverend and Mrs. Moen and Carl Detschman, a grieving German immigrant. Was this really what God had planned for her?

Dakota Dawn is the first book of the Dakota Series that features the intertwining lives of five inspiring women, all who live in the early 1900s in the farming community of Soldahl, North Dakota.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a nice escape from the mysteries I usually read.

Nora Johanson has had quite a journey, Norway to Soldahl, North Dakota. She is excited to start her new life in America with Hans Larson. She had pledged to marry him just before he left Norway 3 years ago when she was just 15. After a trip by ship and train, she arrives in Soldahl to find Hans had died just a few days earlier. Worried about where she will live or how she will get back home, Nora turns to God to light her path. The Reverend and Mrs. Moen take Nora into their home and an opportunity presents itself, but is it really what God wants her to do?

I have read other books by this author several years ago and knew I would enjoy this story before I even started reading. She is very talented at bringing this time in North Dakota to life. Her words created full-color images in mind. We get to know Nora and the Moen’s pretty well. It was heartbreaking to read about Carl Detschman’s grief, the death of a loved one can overtake anyone whether it be in 1910 or 2018. Lauraine Snelling captures his life and all he meets perfectly.

I am excited this is part of a series. I look forward to reading the next 3 books.

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About the Author

Unfortunately, my copy is not in giveaway condition and
this book is only available used or as a very pricey paperback at Amazon.
So the giveaway on this #FlashbackFriday will be for a $5 Amazon Gift Card!
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Winner will be chosen October 5 and notified by email. 

*This book was from my private collection.


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Review – Dakota Blues by Lynee M. Spreen

Women’s Fiction
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 17, 2012)
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1475191332
E-Book File Size: 2240 KB


Workaholic Karen Grace is fired after attending her mother’s funeral in her Midwestern hometown. Now Karen is fifteen hundred miles from home, just one more middle-aged worker out of a job in a tough economy. To make matters worse, her husband recently left her for his pregnant girlfriend.

At a crossroads, Karen must find the courage to change her life. Needing time to think, she agrees to take an elderly neighbor on one last road trip, but on a deserted highway in Wyoming, Karen is forced to make a lethal and life-changing decision.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is hard to believe that someone can be fired for attending their mother’s funeral and taking care of final details but it happens and it happens way too often. Thankfully Karen is a strong woman and confident in her skills. Losing her job gave her a huge wake-up call. Life was passing her by and she was just letting happen. Her marriage fell apart and her mother passed away. How many other things did she miss while she buried in work and at her boss’s beck and call? She was a caring person but she forgot to care about herself and her family.

It does take courage to move on and courage to take some time for yourself and help someone you barely even know. Frieda was quite a woman and truthfully she reminded me a bit of my mother. There are things woman over 80 can get away with.  Frieda at 90 was a woman with a mission and just because her best friend had died wasn’t going to stop her from getting where she wanted to go. I love the way she just kept at Karen until she got her way.  The trip was short and did have a few challenges and a scare but both women grew on this journey.

This story really touched me personally. As many of you know I am paralyzed on my right side and several years ago there was an added complication where the doctor told me to live each day like it could be my last. Thankfully I am still here and there is still time. Unfortunately I am unable to take off the way Karen does in this story but she sure has given some hope and ideas.  There is a group of ladies in this story I wish I could join. Maybe someday.

This book won the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist Award for Women’s Issues. It was well deserved. I can’t believe this was Lynne Spreen’s debut novel.  She has written a wonderful story. I enjoyed the German references, several immigrants ended up here in Wisconsin, including my ancestors. She also gave me a different picture in my mind of North Dakota.  I was inspired by the book and think you will be too!!

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