Lauraine Snelling’s newest book, The Promise of Dawn, focuses on the lives of Rune and Signe Carlson and their boys after they move from Norway to America to help relatives Einar and Gerd Strand.
I had a hard time getting into the story. Einar is a tyrant and basically, treats Rune and his sons like they are indentured slaves. Gerd, who is bedridden, treats Signe essentially the same way. Einar is mean and gruff, and Gerd is demanding.
Einar is verbally abusive and unkind. As the story progresses and different situations occur, Signe begins to stand up to him. However, it’s not until an accident occurs that Rune begins to support his wife and children and stand up to Einar, also.
The story could have been better if there was some relief from or explanation of Einar’s attitude, but alas, there was none.
I came to appreciate the hard work everyone did so trees could be felled and shipped, farm animals could be taken care of and a large household maintained. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there are a few sweet, endearing scenes near the end. Overall, it was an interesting story with a great lesson in persistence and Godly love toward others.
The Promise of Dawn is the first in a new series, Under the Northern Skies. It was not one of my favorites of Lauraine Snelling’s. I do plan to read the next in the series, though, if for no other reason than to see if I can discover what caused Einar to be the way he was toward his relatives.
I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
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?