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(Review) To Everything a Season: Song of Blessing Book One by Lauraine Snelling

Publisher: Bethany House, October 14, 2014.
Genre: Fiction, 1900s, North Dakota.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 353.
Rating: 2 Stars for okay.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House and An Open Book in exchange for a review.

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1905, Blessing, North Dakota. Blessing is an emigrant town. People from Germany, Russia, Norway, Ireland, and England live there. A new hospital is built. Two female physicians are in charge of the hospital. A group of nurses arrive from Chicago in order to have further hands-on experience. One of the nurses is Miriam Hastings. After her training, she plans to return to Chicago in order to provide financially for her mother and siblings. While living in Blessing, Miriam warms to the idea of small town life.

My Thoughts:
I've discovered, To Everything a Season is a first book in a new series, but it is related to at least three other series of books located in the town of Blessing.
I did not enjoy the book until mid-way when I was introduced to Miriam Hastings. Her quandary of furthering education and experience, versus responsibility in providing for family is a tearjerker.
She is the only character I felt drawn to.
I felt the story skimmed across situations and problems. It needs a defined plot that will draw the reader into the depth of the story.