“The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling’s stories of Norwegians coming to America are always heartwarming and engaging.  “The Promise of Dawn” is no exception.  Rune and Signe Carlson receive a letter from Rune’s uncle, Einar Strand, offering to pay their way to American in return for working on his farm and caring for his ailing wife.  They along with their three sons take Einar up on his offer to work off the payment for the trip.

Rune and Signe and the boys find that Einar is a gruff, intimidating, unfeeling man.  He is only interested in cutting trees to send to logging companies.  His wife is a shrew who runs Signe ragged.  Signe is in charge of the cooking, cleaning, nursing, gardening, sewing, canning, preserving, carrying, hauling and everything else you can think of to make the farm work.  They finally have enough of Einar and each in their own way stands up to him.  This causes much friction in the house, but they also determine that they have paid their fares many times over by the work they have done for Einar.

I thought Ms. Snelling’s characters started out to be subservient and downtrodden.  As the story goes on, you can see each one’s backbone starting to straighten and their attitudes change.  They are not mean, but they finally see that they each have value too.  I enjoyed reading this story because I relished the time when they put Einar in his place.

I received a complimentary print copy from Bethany House  and was under no obligation to post a review


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