Friday, October 9, 2015

Streams of Mercy

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Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in the Song of Blessing series.  It is 1907 in Blessing, North Dakota.  Anji Baard Moen has returned to Blessing after the death of her husband, Ivar.  They had been living with his parents in Norway, but she did not like the lifestyle for herself or her children.  Her in-laws were wealthy and children were raised by nannies and rarely seen by their parents.  Anji was happy to return to Blessing.  She is currently staying with Rebecca and Gerald Valders.   Anji has taken a job at the school.  She will be teaching Norwegian history and the language at the high school.  Anji is getting to spend time with Mr. Thomas Devlin who is also teaching at the school. 

Then Stetler and Sons Traveling Circus comes to town on the train.  They have sick people on board and need assistance.  The town agrees to help them (they are definitely going to regret being so nice) and then they find out that the sick people have diphtheria.   Who will be left standing in the wake of the disease?  Will Anji and Thomas get a happy ending?

Streams of Mercy is a heartfelt book.  In order to understand what is happening in Streams of Mercy you do need to have read the other books in the series (it would actually be best if you have read all the books by Lauraine Snelling that are set in Blessing, North Dakota).  I have been reading Lauraine Snelling’s books since the beginning when Ingeborg came from Norway with her first husband (before there was a town of Blessing, North Dakota).  Streams of Mercy is a complicated book.  There is quite a bit going on in the book (I have actually only given you a small summary).  We get to become reacquainted with our favorite characters and see how they are faring.  This book will make you laugh, cry, and sigh.  I give Streams of Mercy 4.5 out of 5 stars.  It is well-written and thoughtful.  Streams of Mercy is a little more series than the other books in the series.  I look forward to the next installment in the Songs of Blessing series.

I received a complimentary copy of Streams of Mercy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The other two books in the Song of Blessing series are To Everything a Season and A Harvest of Hope.  For more information on Blessing, North Dakota (the fictional town in the series) visit  For a list of Lauraine Snelling's other books (especially those set in Blessing, ND), click here.

I am currently reading Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver. It is the first book in a new cozy mystery series and will be out next week.  If you are a new visitor to my blog and like my reviews, please consider becoming a member.  You can sign up on the right! Have a lovely afternoon and Happy Reading!

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