27 September 2010

"Sophie's Dilemma" by Lauraine Snelling

Sophie's Dilemma (Thorndike Press Large Print Christian Romance Series)Sophie's Dilemma by Lauraine Snelling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On my TBR List: no
Genre: Christian fiction, romance, family saga

Book 2 of the Daughters of Blessing series; 11th book in Blessing, ND saga

Synopsis, from book jacket:

Certain she can't live without Hamre Bjorklund, the impetuous Sophie Knutson rejects her father's request to postpone her marriage until after graduation and convinces Hamre to elope. But life as a fisherman's bride in Seattle is not at all that Sophie had envisioned. Pregnant and lonely while Hamre's out at sea, she hires on at a fish cannery, only to be fired after fainting on the job. When tragedy strikes, heartbroken Sophie can think only of returning home to Blessing. But will her family welcome her after the way she's hurt them by her defiant behavior? And will she ever open her heart to love again?

Although it sounds like half the story is told on the book jacket, Sophie's Dilemma is still worth reading. I thought that the Daughters of Blessing series was going to be just like the other novels about the Bjorklund family, but I was wrong. Lauraine Snelling managed to give Sophie a much different voice than the other members of the family. Sophie wasn't as selfless and duty-bound as the others, and that made for a refreshing change. My favorite passages were the ones showing how confused Sophie was about certain things because she had left home before her mother could teach her all she needed to know about being a wife and mother. Snelling showed Sophie's growth throughout the novel in a way that felt natural rather than abrupt and forced as I have seen in other novels. I am definitely ready to spend more time with the inhabitants of Blessing, ND.

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