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A Land to Call Home by Lauraine Snelling
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A Land to Call Home

by Lauraine Snelling

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It had taken four long, difficult years to tame the virgin prairie of Dakota Territory. Looking back through all the heartache and the body-breaking labor, Ingeborg Bjorklund knew that God had been with them every step of the way. Dreams that had turned into veritable nightmares had been reshaped with the promise of a new day rising, and her marriage to Haaken had been its sure sign.Hjelmer travels west to work on the railroad, and after sending only one letter to Penny, who has agreed to wait for him, he is not heard from again. As the months pass, Penny is pursued by other eligible suitors, and her love for Hjelmer is sorely tried. Will he ever return to keep his promise?… (more)

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I had read this series before, & it's well worth reading again!

The setting is in Dakota Territory, September 1884. Penny Sjornson is writing to Hjelmer, again! She had promised to write once a week, but he hadn't answered her letters. Penny's Aunt Agnes wished she knew! When Penny was told that he had been seen kissing another young woman, she broke the tip of her pen. Agnes started to get up to get coffee, but Penny insisted that she'd get it because of her aunt's swollen feet. When Penny brought the coffee, Agnes told her that Hjelmer had some growing up to do, like many young men. Hjelmer would make a good husband if her was anything like his brothers who died in the influenza outbreak & blizzard one winter. Before Penny went to sleep she prayed for her Tante, sensing there was something wrong, despite her tante's reassurances.

When Penny's Uncle, Joseph Baard, was leaving in the morning he asked about the letter. Penny said it wasn't ready yet, but that he should ask Kaaren & Ingeborg if they would join them for quilting. Joseph was loading food into the wagon. After Agnes & Penny watched him drive away, they went to take care of chores. Later that night, Joseph returned. He gave Penny a tablet of paper, which she thanked him for. He had also brought some candy for everyone. Joseph planned on butchering when the temperature dropped.

The quilters also brought Thorliff & Baptiste, who were glad to see Knute & Swen Baard. Ingeborg pointed out a hawk to Andrew. His response was "Big bird"! Ingeborg got Andrew out of the wagon & told him to go play with Gus. Kaaren decided that climbing from the seat of the wagon was getting to be too much, being 7 months pregnant. Agnes called Penny to help Anji get the little ones settled in the place set up for them. Penny took the little ones out the door. Penny came back in & got cups from the cupboard. Everyone talked as they stitched on the quilt, and after they had eaten Penny took care of the small children. Ingeborg told that someone interested in Penny would be at service the next day, Mr. Clausen! But Penny was only interested in Hjelmer! ( )
  CAFinNY | Apr 26, 2019 |
This book almost surpassed the first two! So amazing! Hjelmer is quite the jerk, and I didn't care much for his storyline, but I loved the rest. Andrew is the cutest thing evah . . . ( )
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
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To my mother,
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    "Dear Hjelmer."
    Penny Sjornson dipped the tip of her quill pen into the inkpot, then tapped the tiny back bead back into the bottle.
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