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The promise of dawn
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
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[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]

Physical Description:
493 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Signe Carlson and her children follow her husband Rune from Norway to Minnesota and a relative's farm, but the trials of a new home and the dangers of the North Woods lead Signe to question her trust in God.

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Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

Author Notes

Lauraine Snelling began her career writing children's books. Her first book, Tragedy on the Toutle, was published in 1982. She wrote the High Hurdles series and The Golden Filly series before turning her focus to inspirational romances for adults. Her works include the Red River of the North family saga, Return to Red River trilogy the Daughters of Blessing series, and the Home to Blessing series. She won the Silver Angel award for An Untamed Land, the Romance Writers of American Golden Heart for Song of Laughter, and the 2014 Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Inspirational Fiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Lured by his uncle Einar's promise of five acres in exchange for clearing his land of trees, Rune moves his pregnant wife, Signe, and their three sons from Norway to Minnesota. But after a long, difficult journey, Rune and Signe find a neglected, filthy, rundown farm, not at all what they'd expected. Worse yet, Uncle Einar is a brutal, hardened bully and taskmaster. Aunt Gerd, just about as bad in temperament as her husband, is ill, confined to a filthy bed. Rune's family is treated like slaves, forced to work under subhuman conditions. Things look hopeless as Einar refuses to release them from servitude, even after they've fulfilled the terms of their contract. Their prospects appear more and more bleak as time goes on, but Signe does her best to keep her faith. Snelling examines many aspects of family life, both warm and loving and poisonously dysfunctional, as she captures the fine details of life on a farm as well as the plight of the immigrant in 1909. This is the first book in Snelling's Under Northern Skies series.--Mosley, Shelley Copyright 2017 Booklist