From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

from-this-day-forward“Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she’s had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. With the help of the young woman of Blessing, Deborah decides that by the end of the summer she will either have won Toby’s heart – or she’ll give up on him forever. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he’s never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Gendarme, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, sparks fly between Deborah and Anton. The sudden competition makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late? As the town of Blessing prepares for harvest, Deborah faces the most important decision of her life. But where does her heart truly belong?”

This novel is the final book in the Song of Blessing series. When I first started reading it I was a bit hesitant for a few reasons. But before I state one of those reasons let me just say that I absolutely love Lauraine’s novels! She is one of my all time favorite authors and not too long ago (about a year or two) I had the pleasure to not only meet her but also have a brief interview with her!! So when I got this novel I didn’t jump into it right away like I normally do with new books. Instead I looked at it and put it on my shelf for a few days. I didn’t want the series to end. The end was in the book but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. That family and the town of Blessing hold a special place in my heart because this series showed me how great books can be when you find amazing authors and genres that one is passionate about at a time when I wasn’t sure whether I should keep reading or not. I did find some small minor details that stood out like a sore thumb to me but they were all writing based. I’m an English major so anytime a comma is out of place, or anything similar to that, I notice it. Usually that doesn’t bother me but lately I’ve been noticing that in a few books. This novel wasn’t as fast paced as some of Lauraine’s other novels but I actually enjoyed that aspect. While we did see more of the day to day living in the characters lives, rather than action and excitement, it felt as though we were being able to actually say goodbye to them. Kind of like when you realize that the moment you’re in will be one that you’ll always treasure so you take an extra few minutes to take everything in. I enjoyed this novel greatly. It is always nice to be back in Blessing and see what everyone has been up too lately. I greatly recommend this novel, especially if you have been following this entire series! I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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