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I feel like this might just be weekend romance. Otherwise, I don't know what they really see in one another.

Jacob has all kinds of family things going on that he needs to take care of and Astrid is just a big old mess. Both Jacob and Astrid don't know what they think about Astrid being a doctor. So that is another issue. Astrid being a missionary?

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That is how the book ends? I think the only reason why Astrid wants to be a missionary is because she wants to do God's will but she doesn't really know what that is right now in her life. Clearly those who are called to the mission field are doing God's work. We can't all be missionaries.

The world would fall apart. We need people to work in factories and deliver mail. We need people to construct and clean things. We need people to be doctors and be librarians. I think it is easier to surround yourself with Christians and missionaries and preach the gospel, then it is to go to work and come home and still try to be Godly. But does that mean that I am not being Godly. I am just called to a different mission field. I don't know why someone didn't sit down and explain this to Astrid. I have had missionaries tell me this. What is the deal? It just didn't really make me want to keep reading since I don't really think that Astrid and Jacob belong together and I didn't really think that Astrid was making the right choice.

Apr 28, Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it. Astrid Bjorklund has a natural gift for medicine and dreams of becoming a doctor. At 18 years of age, she has her whole life ahead of her and is hopeful about her future in medicine.

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Astrid gives up her dreams of studying in the big city and Fans of Lauraine Snelling will be thrilled to get their hands on her newest book, A Measure of Mercy, the first in her Home To Blessing Series. Astrid gives up her dreams of studying in the big city and resigns herself to studying under the beloved Dr. Elizabeth, who has already given her much practical hands on experience. Jan 26, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: didn-t-finish. Ok I like a good christen romance as much as the next romance seeking mom but this was too much.

I think they prayed in this book 20 times before the first chapter had even ended. WHo does that? It was not realistic even for back then. It bugged me too much I just can't read anymore of this author I guess. I couldn't finish it and had to put it down.

I wish there was a rating for tried to read it and couldn't. Oct 20, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: christian-romance. I was very disappointed as this book just seemed to go nowhere Certain characters were not developed fully--Joshua Landsvard, for one. I felt like the whole book was just a "teaser" for you to read the 2nd one.

I have never read Lauraine Snelling before and I'm not too jazzed if this is indicative of her writing. Nov 17, Alice rated it liked it. Be warned: this is part of a new Red River series so there is no resolution at all.

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Disappointing for that reason. Dec 20, Bailey rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , christian-fiction. Not having read any of her other series about this family, I very much felt like it is necessary to read the series in order so that you can keep all of the characters straight and know their backstories better. This did not fully hinder my ability to enjoy the story, but not knowing all of the intricacies of the relationships definitely had me mixing people up from time to time.

Astrid was a good main character, and the story was entertaining with the struggles and transitions of the time. Astrid's training in Chicago was very interesting to read about.

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I didn't feel like there was a typical climax in the story before the end of the book. The story seemed to go along at an even pace with the events at the end of the book having the same impact level as the other events throughout the rest of the tale. Astrid's decision that she made at the end is probably the most impactful part of the end, but that kind of a plot point is not the same as something more dramatic, like someone getting kidnapped and needing rescuing at the end of a story.

Also the way Astrid went ahead with her decision seemed rather rushed and abrupt. She decided what to do and then she went, without letting anyone know beforehand or pausing to take a break after her arduous training. Despite this, the result of her decision will be very interesting to read about in future books. Overall, it was an enjoyable tale, but I did wish there were more dramatic moments to really bring the story high before the resolution at the end. Mar 06, Steve W rated it liked it.

While I enjoyed reading the book, I concur with many other readers' comments that they felt as if they were dropped into the middle of a story. I checked a couple of times to ensure that this was indeed the first book in this series.

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I was compelled by the struggle Astrid felt as she had to decide whether to go for medical training and whether to heed the call to Africa, as well as the some of the While I enjoyed reading the book, I concur with many other readers' comments that they felt as if they were dropped into the middle of a story. I was compelled by the struggle Astrid felt as she had to decide whether to go for medical training and whether to heed the call to Africa, as well as the some of the situations with which she dealt at school. But for a romance, there was so little interaction between Astrid and Joshua that it felt like a let-down.

Not knowing what the author has in mind for the rest of the series, maybe it all makes perfect sense to her, but not so much to me. I also agree that the lack of background given in this book about Joshua's previous knowledge of Astrid, it does feel a bit weird that he is presented initially as already having decided that Astrid is is chosen bride.

It works well that she seems attracted to him, or at least enjoys his attention, but it feels as if a significant piece of the puzzle is missing. In the Amazon description, it says "Love blossoms through their letters", but it felt as if their letters were so few, short, and shallow, that the blossoms didn't quite happen. Perhaps if it was clearly indicated in the book somehow description, back cover? Overall, a bit slow and disjointed, but with some touching sections. Smelling never disappoints! Having read all the background books about the people of well researched but functionally town of Blessing, ND, it is delightful to read about the next generation.

This book centers on Astrid Bjorkland, who is finishing her medical training to become an actual MD. As extra training, she is to go to the women's hospital in Chicago.

However, she doesn't want to leave Blessing, her family, friends, and someone special she is interested in. Does she go to the Windy City Smelling never disappoints! Does she go to the Windy City to advance her surgery skills? Can she continue after first losing patients? What about this Joshua who has taken a personal interest in her as well? And to top all that off is a new consideration Astrid, who never wanted to leave her home town is facing a deluge of hard choices This is Christian fiction, but the message is subtle and meaningful for the character. Apr 01, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: gave-up.

The cover says "Home to Blessing: Book 1. So that's my main complaint: I feel like I've crashed someone else's family reunion and I keep getting snippets of stories about people I've never met and don't really care about. Astrid is clearly a gifted physician, but after the death of a severely injured patient, she suffer The cover says "Home to Blessing: Book 1. Astrid is clearly a gifted physician, but after the death of a severely injured patient, she suffers from a loss of confidence.

But, rather than dealing with what seems should be the main plot, we keep meeting more and more characters, most if whom have Scandinavian names that to me, at least are similar enough, I have to keep flipping back to see who's who. Maybe if I'd read the preceding series, I'd know some of these people and there stories and be interested enough to continue, but I'm just not.

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Sep 24, Dana Mohr rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed getting to know Astrid Bjorklund and the Bjorklund family. The novel is based on an upright, close knit family. I found Astrid's journey to becoming a doctor very interesting. Astrid's mother was a practicing healer, and her sister-in-law a doctor.

So it's only natural that Astrid would follow in their footsteps. I look forward to reading more books in the Home to Blessing series to follow Astrid further in her life's journey. The characters easily flood into their prayer life thr I enjoyed getting to know Astrid Bjorklund and the Bjorklund family. The characters easily flood into their prayer life throughout the book and I enjoyed that. Only one time did a character quote something that was unbiblical Doctrine, but I overlooked that misstep and was able to enjoy the rest of the book.

Oct 06, Rachel rated it really liked it. The Home To Blessing series is about Ingeborg and Haakans daughter Astrid who is studying medicine and Joshua Landsverk who even after leaving Blessing two years ago has never forgotten Astrid. Full of characters new and old this book is the perfect start to the continuing story of Blessing, North Dakota.

I definitely enjoyed reading Astrids story and look forward to continuing it in the next two books. Apr 04, Bonnie rated it really liked it. I didn't know this was based on other series.


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