Years ago I read some of Lauraine Snelling’s books about Swedish immigrants. They were so good that I still remember bits of them after only reading them one time about 10 years ago. They were the very beginning of the Bjorklund family. The list in the front of this book lets me know that there are several books I have missed.
Unfortunately I did not get to read this book yet. I got my last book review in just under the wire. This is the next book I’ll read – starting tonight – so I will come back and let you know what I think of it.
Here is the backcover copy of A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling:
Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She had intended to study medicine in Chicago or Grand Forks, but when a disaster wiped out a major portion of her family’s income, Astrid stayed home instead, receiving hands-on training from Dr. Elizabeth.
Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he’s never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town, he seeks to court her.
Astrid is attracted to him, and when the opportunity unexpectedly opens for her to go to Chicago for medical training, she finds it difficult to leave. Love blossoms through their letters, but upon arriving back home, she makes a heartbreaking discovery. She learns he’s left town–again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous, heart-wrenching decision.
Will she regret the choice she’s made? Will she have to give up love to pursue her dream?