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The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies) Paperback – August 1, 2017
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"Blackduck. Next stop, Blackduck," the conductor finally called as he swayed his way down the aisle.
Signe swallowed the lump that suddenly blocked her throat. The journey was almost over, and their new lives were about to begin. What if they had made a horrible mistake? What if they hated life here in Amerika? Would it really be that different from life in Norway? Hard work was hard work, no matter where one lived. In reality, life was just days of difficult work, following one after another. The journey from Norway to Amerika, while hard on her because of her pregnancy, had been a constant source of delight for Rune and their sons. Even the English-speaking classes had seemed much easier for Rune than for her. Would Tante and Onkel speak only English? Or only Norwegian? Questions Signe should have sought answers to before they left Norway. If only Rune hadn't been in such a rush.
They gathered their things and stepped down onto the station platform, Signe reminding the boys to stay right beside her and Rune.
A man came toward them, his face seeming to lack the ability to smile. "Are you Rune and Signe Carlson?" he asked in Norwegian.
"Ja, we are." Rune held out his hand, but the man hesitated before shaking it. "And you are Onkel Einar?"
"Ja. You are late."|Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over two million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In a Compelling New Saga, One Family Strives to Make Their Own Future
Opportunities are scarce in Norway, so when Rune and Signe Carlson receive a letter from Rune's uncle, Einar Strand, offering to loan them money for passage to America, Rune accepts. Signe is reluctant to leave her home, especially as she is pregnant with her fourth child, but Einar promises to give them land of their own, something they could never afford in Norway.
But life in Minnesota is more difficult than Signe imagined. Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone to pay off their debt. Afraid they will never have the life they dreamed of, she begins to lose her trust in God. When the dangers of the North Woods strike close to home, will she find the strength she needs to lead her family into the promise of a new dawn?
"Snelling's tales of Norwegian immigrants are cherished by her readers. This story links Signe's family to favorite characters who settled in Blessing, North Dakota. Fans will welcome this first in a new series and the spiritual encouragement to trust God."--Christian Market
"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."--Booklist starred review
"In this first book of a new series, readers have the opportunity to embark on an immersive voyage from Norway to an American homestead via Snelling's signature style. . . . Fans will enjoy subtle tie-ins to the author's previous works, while every reader will appreciate the patience and endurance of the Carlson family. The Promise of Dawn entices readers to settle in for another entertaining saga from this beloved author. "--RT Book Reviews
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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?
About the author:
Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published with more than 4 million copies in print.
Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Inspirational Fiction, the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.
As a sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply ... if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.
Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”.
I have been reading Lauraine Snelling books since 2007. My first cousin had breast cancer and "Dakota Treasures" helped me through it. So I gave them to her to read while she was undergoing treatment, her mother read them and then my mother. I can honestly say it was Lauraine Snelling's books that helped get closer to the Lord. Thank you Lord for reaching me through Lauraine.