Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review: From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

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Title: From This Day Forward

Author: Lauraine Snelling

Series: Song of Blessing #4

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


Revisit Old Friends in Blessing in This Heartwarming Series Conclusion

Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family.

When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking. But real sparks fly between Deborah and Anton, and she finds herself in an even more complicated situation. The attention she gets from Anton makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late?

Then Deborah receives an invitation to study the latest advances in nursing at a hospital in Chicago, and she faces a hard choice. To leave or stay? Should she give up on the dream of Toby and accept the interest of Anton?

**2 stars**

From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling is a historical novel following the Bjorkland family. It's the first book that I've read of this author in quite awhile.

Grandmother Ingeborg, Deborah MacCallister, Toby Valders, and a couple other relations are the POV characters. This book centers a lot on Ingeborg. Some of the characters I remembered from Lauraine's past series, but this is the first book from the SONG OF BLESSING series that I've read. I have to say, it wasn't my favorite read.

There were some things I enjoyed, like the prayer sessions between the woman of Blessing town. It was really heart touching. And there was a sweet wedding. Some faith moments that were really good.

A lot of the rest was about family gatherings, family fights, baking, talking about matchmaking, Deborah wondering how she can win Toby's heart .... It was pretty slow-paced and really, really focused on everyday life. So yes, From This Day Forward just wasn't really my type of book. If you've enjoyed Lauraine Snelling's other books about the Bjorkland family (Ellie, Sophie, Grace, Rebecca, Deborah ... etc.), then you will probably like From This Day Forward too! *smiles*

I received a copy of From This Day Forward from Bethany House Publishers.

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