Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

This is the synopsis that is posted on the Bethany House website.

Deborah Longs to Marry, but She Never Thought She'd Have to Choose Between an Old Love and a New Possibility.
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. With the help of the young women of Blessing, Deborah decides that by the end of the summer she will either have won Toby's heart--or she'll give up on him forever.

Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Gendarme, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, sparks fly between Deborah and Anton. The sudden competition makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late?

As the town of Blessing prepares for harvest, Deborah faces the most important decision of her life. But where does her heart truly belong?

I give this book 5 stars.

1: This is the fourth book in the series. You should read the others first. This is the only one that I've read and I was constantly flipping to the front of the book where the family tree was so that I could figure everything out.

2: There were so many storylines that the action never stopped. There wasn't a place where I said to myself, " Okay, back to the story please!" because the whole thing was interesting.

3: I loved the close family ties. Everyone worked to help everyone else, always looking to fill in a gap. Ingeborg with her grandchildren was so sweet. And I loved the way Astrid and Thorliff were able to patch things up. Also, there were plenty of children, which is always a big pull for me to read a book.

4: The power of prayer in this book was so overwhelmingly real. I loved how much prayer was emphasized through the whole thing.

5: I absolutely loved Deborah and her family. I loved that they adopted her and took care of her and that she wanted her Pa to walk her down the aisle on her wedding, and not the pa that left with Manda and went to some ranch somewhere, but the Pa that stood by her for so many years. Also, the way Mary Martha knew Deborah inside and out was so beautiful and sweet and I love it so so so much!

                                  I received this book in exchange for my honest review

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