Monday, October 10, 2016

From This Day Forward

Nurse Deborah McCallister has loved her childhood friend Toby Valders for years, but has grown impatient with his inability to commit to any sort of relationship.  When a charming new addition arrives in their small town of Blessing and shows an avid and genuine interest in Deborah, will the competition for her heart finally spur Toby into action?  Amidst the confusion, Deborah decides to attend a month-long course in Chicago and use that time to gain some clarity.  But which suitor will be waiting to claim her heart upon Deborah's return, Toby or Anton?  

While I've long been a fan of Lauraine Snelling and her compelling tales of Norwegian immigrants in the American Midwest, I struggled to truly enjoy From This Day Forward.   While Deborah, Toby, and Anton's love triangle snagged my interest from the start, it only constituted perhaps only one fourth of the entire novel.  

In this series conclusion, it's as if Snelling felt the need to give every single resident of Blessing a storyline of some sort.  Even having read many of the other books in the series, I simply didn't have the mental or emotional energy to care about any of the many tangental plot lines.  I found myself skimming chapter after chapter about construction meetings, hospital policies, and potluck lunches until I came upon any mention of the supposed main characters.  I still have faith in Snelling's beautiful storytelling, but this particular effort was wasted on me.  

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

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