Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Measure of Mercy: A Book Review

About The Book: 

Beloved author Lauraine Snelling returns again to her popular Red River Valley setting 

Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has been studying medicine under Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund's direction and dreams of joining her practice in Blessing. But when a missionary arrives and tells of the need for medical ministry in Africa, he seems to look directly at her. Could God be calling her to go to Africa?

Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he's never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town he seeks to court her, and love begins to bloom. When the opportunity opens for Astrid to go to Chicago for further training, she finds it difficult to leave home•and Joshua. They agree to correspond, but after receiving only one letter from him, she learns he's left town--again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous, heart-wrenching decision. Will she regret the choice she's made?

You can read an excerpt of A Measure of Mercy here.

About The Author:
 
Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visit www.laurainesnelling.com
 My Review:

I have been a fan of Lauraine Snellings work for quite sometime, so was very happy to read and review A Measure of Mercy.
 
I felt that the character of Astrid was by far the most intriguing of all the characters (and there are a lot!) and that the character was very well developed. As an aspiring doctor, Astrid finds herself with the plans to go and study in Chicago to deepen her medical training, yet feels pulled to become a missionary. Though we are not all called to be missionaries, we have all felt the pull between doing what we want and what God wants. I love that Snelling uses a very real life situation so that the readers can identify with the main character of Astrid. 
 
I felt that A Measure of Mercy was very well written, and engaged me right until the end of the book. It contains just the right amount of romance and adventurous situations, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. If the rest of the series is just as good as A Measure of Mercy, I know I will not be disappointed.
I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Measure of Mercy online through Bethany House. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

****Thank you to Jim Hart and Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange

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