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  • The Promise of Dawn | Lauraine Snelling

    The Promise of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Susan T Thomas says: "Absolutely wonderful!"
  • An Untamed Land: Red River of the North Series #1 | Lauraine Snelling

    An Untamed Land: Red River of the North Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, the Bjorklunds soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it.

    beckyann says: "enjoyed it."
  • An Untamed Heart | Lauraine Snelling

    An Untamed Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
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    Eighteen-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She's had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever. Grief settles heavily over Ingeborg, and her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her.

    Nancy Monteyro says: "Slow start"
  • A Heart for Home | Lauraine Snelling

    A Heart for Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this series finale by Lauraine Snelling, Astrid Bjorklund is trying to stop the epidemic ravaging South Dakota’s Red Bud Indian Reservation. Tribal elders remain suspicious of her until some begin to recover. Although Joshua Landsverk longs to fix his broken relationship with Astrid, he opposes her present work but won’t tell her why. Yet when a surprising act of kindness brings healing to the painful wrong inflicted years ago, will it be enough to rekindle their love?

    Cecilia McNeil says: "Excellent"
  • The Reaper’s Song: Red River of the North, Book 4 | Lauraine Snelling

    The Reaper’s Song: Red River of the North, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ever so slowly, Dakota Territory is being transformed from a vast prairie into rich farmland. With the coming of the railroad, the small town of Blessing begins to prosper, and the Bjorklund family is reaping the promised harvest that had lured them from their beloved home in Norway. But for Ingeborg and Haakan, realizing their dreams will not come without a struggle.

    Your Catholic Friend says: "Awesome series!!!"
  • The Long Way Home: A Secret Refuge Series # 3 | Lauraine Snelling

    The Long Way Home: A Secret Refuge Series # 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    When a disastrous decision by the trainmaster forces Jesselynn Highwood and her companions to separate from the wagon train, she races back to Fort Laramie to find a guide to take them to Oregon. But the guide has a far different plan, and following her heart, Jesselynn agrees to join him, her ragtag band in tow. Back east, Louisa Highwood and her brother, Zachary, are captured by Union soldiers for smuggling medical supplies into Richmond.

    Cecilia McNeil says: "Great Christian Series of Civil War Struggles"
  • From This Day Forward: Song of Blessing, Book 4 | Lauraine Snelling

    From This Day Forward: Song of Blessing, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking.

    JayVee says: "LOVE THIS AUTHOR! (LOVE THE NARRATOR TOO)"
  • A New Day Rising: Red River of the North Series #2 | Lauraine Snelling

    A New Day Rising: Red River of the North Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The dream of their own farmstead and a good life in America had brought Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund across the Atlantic to pioneer the virgin prairie of Dakota Territory. But Roald's tragic disappearance in a winter storm turned Ingeborg's dreams into a living nightmare. Against nearly impossible circumstances and overwhelming grief, she struggles to keep the farm and her family together.

    Jill Buchholz says: "Immigrant History Retold"
  • Sisters of the Confederacy: A Secret Refuge, Book 2 | Lauraine Snelling

    Sisters of the Confederacy: A Secret Refuge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
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    While her sister fights to hold on to the family legacy, Louisa Highwood works tirelessly to save the lives of wounded soldiers. Putting her own safety on the line, she covertly ventures behind enemy lines to procure desperately needed supplies for the army hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, Jesselynn Highwood and her ragtag band of freed slaves and thoroughbred horses seek refuge along the Oregon Trail, unable to imagine what awaits them.

    Martha says: "great book"
  • Someday Home: A Novel | Lauraine Snelling

    Someday Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The sprawling lake home Lynn Lundberg built with her husband has been an epicenter of joyful family life, from summer holidays spent around the water, to cookies baked in the kitchen with grandchildren in the fall. But since her husband's sudden passing two years ago, Lynn has been lost in the grief and solitude she feels without him at home. She doesn't want to sell the big family place, but she can't exist there on her own much longer.

    Sandra says: "Excellent as expected and as always"
  • Dakota Dawn, Dakota Dream, Dakota Dusk | Lauraine Snelling

    Dakota Dawn, Dakota Dream, Dakota Dusk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
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    Best-selling author Lauraine Snelling crafts tales of forgiveness and love that listeners adore. This volume combines the first three novels in Snelling's inspiring Dakota series, which follows the intertwining lives of five women living in the early 1900s farming community of Soldahl, North Dakota. All arrive expecting a life different than the one that awaits them, but plenty of perseverance - and opening their hearts to God - will shine a guiding light toward true happiness.

    Bookish says: "Dakota"
  • Daughter of Twin Oaks: A Secret Refuge, Book 1 | Lauraine Snelling

    Daughter of Twin Oaks: A Secret Refuge, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, 18-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining thoroughbreds from the Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War.

    sewingforfun says: "Love the story"
  • A Measure of Mercy | Lauraine Snelling

    A Measure of Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In A Measure of Mercy by acclaimed author Lauraine Snelling, 18-year-old Astrid Bjorklund’s opportunity for formal medical study in Chicago doesn’t arrive until shortly after her heartthrob Joshua Landseer returns to Blessing, North Dakota. They agree to exchange letters while she’s in Chicago. And, for a time, love blossoms—until the letters from Joshua stop coming. Convinced he no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous and heart-wrenching decision.

    Nancy Monteyro says: "Wonderful til the end!"
  • A Touch of Grace: Daughters of Blessing, Book 3 | Lauraine Snelling

    A Touch of Grace: Daughters of Blessing, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
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    In a poignant tale of 1902 North Dakota, Lauraine Snelling - best-selling author of Sophie's Dilemma - explores the silent world of 18-year-old Grace Knutson. Surrounded by her family's love and the townsfolk's kindness, Grace finds all she could want in Blessing - except for a sweetheart. But when God brings a rich New Yorker into her life, Grace fears a deaf girl won't find acceptance in his privileged world.

    Tina Murphey says: "Another Great Book to this Series by Karen White"
  • Pearl: The Dakotah Treasures, Book 2 | Lauraine Snelling

    Pearl: The Dakotah Treasures, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
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    Award-winning author Lauraine Snelling continues the story of Ruby Torvald in book two of her Dakotah Treasures series. Ruby's most recent boarder at the Dove House is schoolteacher Pearl Hossfuss. Avoiding an arranged marriage, Pearl has deserted her home in Chicago to teach in Little Missouri. There she has befriended Ruby and fallen for carpenter Carl Hegland. But her father threatens to take her back home. Ruby must turn to God for the strength to stand up to her father.

    koni says: "Enjoyed it"
  • Land to Call Home: Red River of the North Series #3 | Lauraine Snelling

    Land to Call Home: Red River of the North Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It had taken four long, difficult years to tame the virgin prairie of Dakota Territory. Looking back through all the heartache and the body-breaking labor, Ingeborg Bjorklund knew that God had been with them every step of the way. Dreams that had turned into veritable nightmares had been reshaped with the promise of a new day rising, and her marriage to Haaken had been its sure sign.

    Amazon Customer says: "#3 book in this Red River series"
  • To Everything a Season | Lauraine Snelling

    To Everything a Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Trygve Knutson has been promoted from well drilling to heading a construction crew for the fast growing town of Blessing, North Dakota. Though devoted to the land and his family, he sometimes dreams of other horizons. But is he willing to leave Blessing permanently? Miriam Francini hopes to become an accredited nurse in a large city hospital. She is simply tolerating her assignment at the hospital in rural Blessing because it will give her the experience she needs to accomplish her goal.

    Sandra says: "it keeps me so captivated I can't quit listening"
  • Tender Mercies: Red River of the North, Book 5 | Lauraine Snelling

    Tender Mercies: Red River of the North, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The rich farmlands of the Dakota Territory in 1887 are finally beginning to yield the abundant harvest the pioneers had dreamed about so long. The establishment of the railroad has brought significant changes to the small town of Blessing as well as prosperity to the Bjorklund family and their neighbors. Among the townsfolk is reverend John Solberg. The reverend, rejecting the persistent efforts of matchmaking mothers, develops a friendship with Mary Martha through their common love of books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tender Mercies, Book 5 in Red River series"
  • Wake the Dawn: A Novel | Lauraine Snelling

    Wake the Dawn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    U.S. Border Patrol agent Ben James' life is in tatters. A tragic accident stole the love of his life and he never finished grieving. Turning to the bottle for support, he lost sight of what was important. While making his last patrol run before a storm rolls in, Ben's canine partner, Bo, finds an abandoned baby hidden in the woods. As Ben rushes the child to the only clinic in the area, the storm strikes with unexpected fury.

    Cecilia McNeil says: "Another Great Novel by Laurraine Snelling"
  • Ruby: The Dakotah Treasures, Book 1 | Lauraine Snelling

    Ruby: The Dakotah Treasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Award-winning author Lauraine Snelling delivers her first installment of the Dakotah Treasures series. Ruby, a Crossings Book Club Main Selection, is the story of a young woman who must leave behind the life she has grown accustomed to in order to start a new life in the bleak Dakota Territory.

    Melody says: "Ruby"
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