A Touch of Grace (Daughters of Blessing Series #3)

A Touch of Grace (Daughters of Blessing Series #3)

by Lauraine Snelling

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She thought she knew what she wanted in life . . . then Jonathan arrived.

Eighteen-year-old Grace Knutson loves Blessing, North Dakota, and sees no reason to leave. She's more serious-minded than her twin sister, Sophie, and very sensitive to the feelings of others. In spite of her family's disapproval, Grace has always had a soft spot in her heart for Toby Valders, for she's seen the vulnerable side he keeps well hidden.

Jonathan Gould, the handsome scion of a wealthy New York family, creates a flurry of anticipation and speculation when he arrives in Blessing. Jonathan's father wants him to learn the value of manual labor and to appreciate the accomplishments of those not born to wealth. Surprisingly, the "city boy" takes to farm life and actually enjoys working from dawn to dusk alongside the others. Soon he finds himself inexplicably drawn to gentle, courageous Grace.

But Jonathan's affection presents an agonizing dilemma for Grace. Is he truly the one her heart desires?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441203489
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: Daughters of Blessing , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 134,856
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visit www.laurainesnelling.com
Lauraine Snelling (www.laurainesnelling.com) is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than 5 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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Touch of Grace (Daughters of Blessing Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Grace has always been one of my favorite characters since her first appearance in the original series. I think I liked her best because she had a unique challenge to overcome. At the time being deaf was like a death sentence but she was able to overcome it and live like a normal person. I was really amazed at how well she was able to adapt to living on the farm and that she could speak both English and Norwegian without ever hearing it. It must have been really difficult for those who were handicapped back in the day. People were not as informed of disabilities as they are now. It's sad about the way Grace was treated especially by Jonathan's mother and that fact that she thought Grace was not suitable because of the way she spoke. I'm glad though Grace was able to find solace in the school and that was felt accepted there. I was very impressed with the way Grace handled herself in a big city. I liked seeing the parallels between the city boy going to the country and the country girl going to the city. The way the two handled their situations was different and unique. Grace's unrequited love for Toby is universal almost every woman has been in her situation. The reader will ache with her as she mends her broken heart and will also cheer as Jonathan tries to help her forget him. I think it was wonderful to see Grace finally break out of her shell and display her true identity. A highly enjoyable read which will keep you wanting more. Fans of the members of the Bjorkland clan will enjoy this latest edition to the Red River saga.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1900 Blessing, North Dakota eighteen years old Grace Knutson was born deaf. However, her mother refused to allow her daughter to wallow in silence. Instead she learned and taught anyone interested how to use sign language. Grace complemented that by also learning how to read lips.------------------ Grace has always been in love with Toby Valders, who works at the local mill when he is not in a brawl she is also his only friend. His haughty mother feels strongly that a deaf mute is not good enough for her son. Affluent New Yorker Jonathan Gould comes to Blessing at the invitation of Grace¿s aunt to learn first hand life on a farm. He is unsure he will survive the difficult rugged lifestyle except for that fact that he wants Grace, who inspires him to be all he can be.-------------------- The third Blessing inspiration historical saga is an entertaining tale that enables the reader to vividly see life on the Northern Plains at the turn of the previous century. Especially enlightening is observing the hard often harsh lifestyle through the eyes of big city Jonathan as he provides a fresh perspective how difficult it can be. Through the hard winters that embellish the isolation, faith in the Lord keeps the Knutson brood and their neighbors going and ready to face anything. This is a fine entry, but references to the past as described in the previous novels (see SOPHIE¿S DILEMMA and A PROMISE FOR ELLIE) behooves fans to read them first so as to understand their context. Still this is a delightful story as fans will wonder if Grace will stay inside her comfort zone (Toby), take a risk on the new player on the farm (Jonathan), or neither.------------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story, which ended much too soon. Quite a few typo' s, better proof reading is needed. *** esk 02/2019 ***
Spibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great continuation of the Norwegian family, the Bjorklands, that settled in South Dakota. Grace, Kaaren's daughter, who is deaf and helps teach the young, deaf children in her mom's classes - is feeling lonely and feels rejected by the young man that she thinks she's in love with.
Elentarien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyed the story on this one. Interesting having a deaf character for a change. One might think this would make for a boring read, but it was quite well carried out, and did not really make the character boring at all. Only thing I did not care for was the ending. It was a bit too. . .'things will work out in the future' instead of wrapping up nicely now. :) But thats a matter of style, I guess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story!
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This is one book i will never forget.
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These are stories you won't forget...and will recommend to your friends
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I really enjoyed it very much. I love everything by Lauraine Snelling!!
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