Award-winning author Snelling whips up a fantastic tale of love, loss and second chances. This heartwarming entry in the Daughters of Blessing series is filled with realistic characters and a small-town feel. Although readers would benefit from familiarity the first installment, this story certainly stands alone.
After two years and very few
letters shared, Sophie Knutson begins
to question her relationship with Hamre Bjorklund. When he suddenly returns to town and asks for her hand in marriage, Sophie is overjoyed, until her father asks that they wait. Undeterred, they secretly elope, leaving their family and friends behind, and move to Seattle.
Sophie unexpectedly finds herself acclimating to a new role while battling feelings of loneliness and regret as Hamre
is shipped out to sea for long stretches of time. When Hamre's boat is lost and he's declared dead, Sophie must journey back home to make amends, grieve and give birth to the child she carries. Can she find forgiveness and a new sense of purpose in the small town she once despised? (Bethany House, Jul., 320 pp., $13.99)