A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Series #1)

A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Series #1)

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Overview

Ellie Wold can't wait to graduate from high school. She and Andrew Bjorklund have been waiting to get married since...well, since forever, and in June they will finally wed. When Andrew announces they have to postpone the wedding, she's disappointed but takes it in stride—there must be a good reason, or Andrew's pa wouldn't ask it of them. But Andrew is angry and can't understand why Ellie isn't upset too, especially when they'd been planning to "marry up" ever since they were in grade school. Disgruntled, he works out his frustration in stubborn determination to finish building their barn and mail-order house, working himself to exhaustion. But just when the new house is nearly finished, an unthinkable tragedy occurs. Throwing aside the vow he made to Ellie, Andrew seeks revenge. As their plans unravel, it looks as if their love may not survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598594409
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication date: 10/03/2008
Series: Daughters of Blessing Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

Her dreams manifested into reality in 1982 with Tragedy on the Toutle (now re-issued as What About Cimmaron?), a story about a girl and her horse caught in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Lauraine continued the dream, publishing two more best-selling series: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly, and expanded into writing inspirational romances for adults.
Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to craft An Untamed Land, volume one of the Red River of the North family saga and a trilogy called Return to Red River, as well as the Daughters of Blessing series, and the Home to Blessing series. Due to reader demand she is currently working on another Blessing series.

Three more historical sets have released in addition, one set during the Civil War which traced the journey of a young woman leading Thoroughbreds across the country to safety, a series called Dakotah Treasures, and the Wild West Wind series.
Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine’s style, shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In her novel, The Way of Women, three women delve deep into their hearts as they encounter a volcanic eruption and prove that when women strive together they can face even the unthinkable. In The Brushstroke Legacy, three generations of women discover that God’s gifts are powerful enough to speak across centuries.

All told, she has over 80 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as audio books.

Drayton2003Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the 2014 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.
Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining.
Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a Basset Hound named Winston.

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Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and this series!! I LOVE the Bjorklund family!! I started this series before i knew it was part of the Red river Of The north series!! I looking forward to reading the rest of this series and the other series about the Bjorklund family!! I would recomend the book an series to everyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to all her new books. But I am sorry to say I thought this book was extremely BORING. It literally put me to sleep at night. I am a huge fan of the Red River series and was looking forward to the return series but I honestly don't think I will be buying the next book.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I love the Bjorkland family and I'm glad that we are able to again join with another generation of the family. The original series, Red River of the North, was excellent as was the second series with Thorliff. I love how there is so much detail about prairie life, this time new and old worlds collide as Thorliff's wife is now the doctor of the area. All the familiar faces are still around, making cameos at least. I really liked Ellie. She was practical, reasonable, patient, and understanding. She was able to stand up to Andrew even when he was being completely stubborn. Andrew's temper has been brought up in past books as a forewarning that it would get him into trouble someday. I kind of got annoyed with him sometimes. I know that he loved Ellie and wanted to be with her, but his actions and attitude were very childish. When his father tried to give him reasons about why he should wait a bit for the wedding, which IMO were very reasonable, Andrew throws a tantrum. He gets mad that Ellie wants to go to her own bridal shower. He keeps thinking she's cheating on him. When the climax happens, I know this sounds sadistic, but I'm glad Andrew finally realizes he's gone over the edge and now has to pay the consequences. I never got bored reading this book, I love the historical detail, I love all the background stories from the characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series. At this rate Lauraine will never leave the town of Blessing which is perfectly fine with me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep kinda boring, but it was free and smut free...change can be good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clean read, very boring in spots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book IS NOT BORING! In fact, it has several twists which happen toward the end of it. It is not fast paced; but neither does it drag. The reader must remember that the story is written for the 1900's time period and the people then did not rush as we do today. Two young loves and for reasons they cannot control have to keep postponing their marriage. As in everyday life, this can cause much stress which in turn changes situations. This is a free book. I think almost everyone will find it entertaining and not boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Descriptive history of that time, and the hardships - found the story interesting and faith uplifting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not often I had the opportunity to read such a good book, I could place my self in the story. I will definitely read more of her books as I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1900 Blessing, North Dakota, Ellie Wold and Andrew Bjorklund have planned to marry since grade school. They finally announce the date to follow the harvest to everyone¿s elation except perhaps long time nemesis Toby Valders, who tasted Andrew¿s fists over the years. However, happy for his son and pleased that Ellie will soon be his daughter, Andrew¿s dad Haaken asks the couple to delay the date a bit longer. While Andrew is frustrated and upset, Ellie assumes that her future father-in-law has a justifiable reason though he does not share it with anyone. Andrew is angry at his father for making such a request, but also at his beloved Ellie who remains calm making him wonder if she loves him. He takes out his anger on completing the construction of their barn. When fire destroys their new barn and what Andrew stowed inside, he assumes Toby did it. Though he promised his fiancée no fisticuff solutions, a raging Andrew burns his pledge of nonviolence to go after Toby this upsets Ellie who wonders if he will use his fists when they argue. --- Returning to Blessing, scene of the Red River of the North series, Lauraine Snelling provides her readers with a deep historical tale starring a couple who seems destined for a life together since grade school. However, his temper may cost both of them everything as he has major anger control issues. The dispute between Toby and Andrew provides the message that violence is never an answer whether it is based on assumptions leading to presumptive strikes or hard core evidence turn the other cheek enables a victim to calm down long enough to learn rationally the truth. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved 7th was very inspiring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I loved both The Red River North and Return to Red River series, Ellie was drawn out and boring! Repeated issues over and over. The book is clean and we got to read more about the Blessing families, which is wonderful Hoping the next book flows better! *** esk 01/2019 ***
padame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ellie Wold can¿t wait to graduate. She and Andrew Bjorklund have been waiting to get married since¿well, since forever, and in June they will finally wed. When Andrew announces they have to postpone the wedding, she¿s disappointed but takes it in stride¿there must be a good reason, or Andrew¿s pa wouldn¿t¿ ask it of them. But Andrew is angry and can¿t understand why Ellie isn¿t upset too. Especially when they¿d been planning the ¿marry up¿ ever since they were in grade school. Disgruntled, he worked out his frustration with stubborn determination to finish building their barn and mail-order house, working himself to exhaustion. But jest when the new house is nearly finished, an unthinkable tragedy occurs. Throwing aside the vow he made to Ellie, Andrew seeks revenge. As their plans unravel, it looks as if their love may not survive. Is this the end of their dreams?
jrillamas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1st quarter 76/320 2nd quarter 244/320This book is about a young couple,Andrew and Ellie, who have been destined to get married since they were little.As soon as they graduate out of highschool they were supposed to get married but their parents made them postpone the wedding. During the time between then and the day they get married they discover other sides of each other they never knew and question whether they should get married or not.There are 2 main characters Andrew and Ellie.Andrew is a big teddy bear. He is really sweet but looks tough on the outside.Ellie is this blonde sweet intelligent person who doesn't have one bad thought about anyone and always looks on the bright side of life.They both change throughout the book in the same way.They both widen their horizons of looking at the outside and inside of each others personalities and sometimes find that they don't always like what they find. The things I could relate to was their families.Their parents want whats best for them but don't always do what you want to give you the best things. What I didn't like about the book was where they left off at the end(i wont tell what happened) but I didn't like it. I would recommend this to any girl who loves a good love story.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this via Book on CD from Recorded Books Inspirational. Overall I enjoyed the story. It was really long though, and not quite enjoyable for the entire time. It starts with an accident that is never explained, and there are a couple other related events that I guess stuck out to me more, but they never had answers and that sort of thing bothers me. The main themes of the book are about growing up, and dealing with anger appropriately. Oh my goodness, the anger that these character personalities felt. I cannot tell you how angry I would get with them sometimes! It was a good book, and I could completely hear the sounds and felt myself there with those homesteading Norwegians, but I just did not love it.
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I love this book! Ups and downs, struggles and hardships, but their love stays strong!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story on how to trust the Lord our Father. He will make everything ok if youbtrust and believe. Ellie and Andrew finally were able to be together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed but not enough to buy other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blessed with encouraging messages from God! I know written by a person but she was in his hands as she wrote it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of my sister kid and her name is ellie amd she lives in airksa and she is going to be a big sister soon
DNunley More than 1 year ago
Well written and great research. I recommend for young and old.
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