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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauraine Snelling Narrator: Renee Ertl Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Daughters of Blessing Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781608143474
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesia Johnston | 2/9/2014

    " i liked the setting of this book. it was told the same as i would think things would happen then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/8/2014

    " I listened to this book on cd. I liked it for the most part. It did get long in parts and I felt that it could have had more of a plot. It seems like learning to deal with anger was the main portion of this book and yet it didn't really give good advice, solution, or a lesson for doing that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stein | 2/2/2014

    " This is the tenth book in the Bjorklund saga but can be enjoyed without having read the earlier books. Essentially this story concerns two immature and uncertain young people, Ellie and Andrew, who have been emotionally attached since early childhood. They have made a commitment to marry, perhaps prematurely, since they discover that in adult roles they know very little about the honest and open communication required. So, they struggle to meet each other half way, to trust one another and believe in their successful future together. The story line is permeated with three sentiments: Impatience, resentment and foreboding. These are not resolved until the end of the book, and the reader can't but wonder whether they truly are resolved. Both are fortunate to have the usual strong cast of supportive relatives (as in other Blessing books), and the restoration of their Christian faith also helps them through their tribulations. Snelling always manages to inject some surprises into her plot. Characters' dialogs, with their own "inner voice"--printed in italic typefaces--add to the reader developing intimacy with the characters. All in all this is a fine work of sensitive, family oriented historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 1/26/2014

    " She and Andrew have been engaged for years. Hopeing to meet and marry after her graduation. The Year has finally come. Ellie runs into the arms of Andrew only to find. They have both changed. As their house is being rasied. Tragedy causes Andrew to be sent to jail. Ellie and Andrew need God to make their relationship work. Will they survive? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Mathers | 1/25/2014

    " This book has a wonderful storyline. It has a beautiful ending and the story will also make you laugh and cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/24/2014

    " Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it, but it was hard to get into and then seemed a bit anticlimactic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mayda | 1/15/2014

    " There are problems galore in this tale set in Blessing, North Dakota in 1900. Life on the farm is a hard one, and you often must put aside your own desires for the good of your family and the community. Andrew and Ellie have waited long months to marry, but must wait even longer when their housing materials are delayed and other unfortunate mishaps occur. Andrew's temper gets the best of him, and a near tragedy almost ruins both their lives. Author Lauraine Snelling does a credible job in portraying flawed characters who are still likable. No one and no life is perfect. It's how you cope and what you do that makes the difference in the end and leads you to become a better person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/4/2014

    " This is the first in a series by Lauraine Snelling. I also read the 2nd or 3rd (not sure) in the series, and liked it a little better. This one teaches much about self-control, forgiveness, and faith, and should probably be read first in order to understand the relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/24/2013

    " It was enjoyable to listen to while I cooked but not one I would necessarily read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/13/2013

    " the Daughter Series is good too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 12/7/2013

    " so far, it is awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 11/15/2013

    " This is the first of Lauraine Snelling's books that I had read. I am not big on historical settings, but liked this one and enjoyed listening to the audio version which made a lot of Norwegian accents. It was a fun one to listen to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 10/17/2013

    " I couldn't make myself finish it. It was very slow and even halfway through the plot was just not moving quickly. Maybe I will go back to it, maybe not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Owen | 8/21/2013

    " Decent book, not great. Plot line is a little simplistic. The best Christian literature leaves me inspired to be like one of the characters. Unfortunately, this book didn't inspire me that way. I plan to read the next book in the series, but I'm not racing to the library to pick it up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 5/16/2013

    " This one was painfully boring for me... somehow I finished it, but not sure why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the story talks about young love and the dissappointments that we have when we are young and in love and how we must rely on God no matter what. The trials and tribulations are what make us wise and our love strong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 1/18/2013

    " It was soooooo long. I guess I like my stories to move along and this read like an endless preachy documentary. Not that it was poorly written or anything, but it just wasn't compelling. It took me a few weeks to listen to it because I was too bored by it to get back to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 11/13/2012

    " Sweet story. Make sure to read the two series before this book; it'll make alot more sense if you do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/14/2012

    " Nothing earth shattering....Just good, clean, uplifting, Christian reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/29/2012

    " gift from Sarah for my Birthday "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 1/25/2012

    " A simple story about the complexity of forgiveness written in the setting of a simpler time and place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karisa | 11/25/2011

    " My mind wandered a lot thru this movie. I had a hard time knowing who was who. Didn't really like this book, but I'll try #2 in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna Sommerfeldt | 10/24/2011

    " It was just OK..not my favorite "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/8/2011

    " A Promise for Ellie was good, but it was not my favorite of Snelling's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 5/3/2011

    " This is the first in a series by Lauraine Snelling. I also read the 2nd or 3rd (not sure) in the series, and liked it a little better. This one teaches much about self-control, forgiveness, and faith, and should probably be read first in order to understand the relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 3/23/2011

    " It was just OK..not my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesia | 2/3/2011

    " i liked the setting of this book. it was told the same as i would think things would happen then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/5/2010

    " Nothing earth shattering....Just good, clean, uplifting, Christian reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/2/2010

    " I really enjoy this book . It about forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/8/2009

    " It was enjoyable to listen to while I cooked but not one I would necessarily read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 3/4/2009

    " A simple story about the complexity of forgiveness written in the setting of a simpler time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/18/2008

    " A Promise for Ellie was good, but it was not my favorite of Snelling's work. "

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About the Author
Author Lauraine SnellingLauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.
About the Narrator

Renee Ertl is an audiobook narrator and actress with more than a hundred voice-over, print, on-camera commercial, and corporate video projects to her credit. She started working in the industry as an actress in summer stock and dinner theater, and she has traveled extensively, performing on cruise ships and touring with “Up with People.”