Last month, Bethany House sent me the book Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling. This was sent to me for a review, and I didn’t have to pay for the book.
What I didn’t realize when I chose this book was that it was the third in a series. Now, normally that would be fine! This series seems a lot like Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series, where more and more people are introduced in each book, and everyone’s stories become intertwined on some level. I love that type of series, but it can be really confusing jumping in the middle of it!
The first two chapters catch us up with previous main characters, but to understand who is who, you really need to have read the first two books. (They are To Everything A Season and A Harvest of Hope.) Without them, you risk being as confused as I was – at least until I really looked at the cover and noticed this was part of an ongoing series.
With that said, I enjoyed this book. Yes, even while trying to figure out who was who! The central story is about the budding romance between Anji Baard Moen, a recent widow who has moved from Norway back to Blessing, North Dakota, with her children, and the handsome Thomas Devlin, a minister who is much more useful to the town for his carpentry skills – skills he uses to begin fixing up Anji’s new home.
There is a nice twist in the book, too. A circus comes to town, and with it people sick with diphtheria and in need of help. The little hospital in Blessing tries their best… and to tell more would be giving away too much!
I am considering purchasing the first two books of this series, and then rereading Streams of Mercy to see it in a more “educated” light. I would recommend this book, but suggest you start at the beginning of the series, too.
Again, I was sent this book free of charge by Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for a fair and honest review.