The Promise of Dawn
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Third Person • Fiction • Multiple Points of View • 386 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.
Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?
Why I Choose this Book:
I don’t fully remember, but probably because the cover is gorgeous. I’m pretty sure it’s one of my favorite covers from 2017 so far. Plus, historical fiction without too much romance makes me happy, so this book looked like a perfect fit.
What I Thought about this Book:
Folks. I don’t know what’s been wrong with my reading streak recently, but this book just didn’t touch me like I was expecting it to. There was nothing wrong with the book, but there just wasn’t as much right with the book like I had expected. (And when I say “right” I mean for me personally – not morally.)
This is the first book I’ve read by the author, so I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book when we were suddenly plunged into a world of a bunch of characters who I knew nothing about. Looking back, I’m pretty sure they must be characters from a previous series, but at the time I was just like “What is going on?”
My biggest issue with the book is that it felt endlessly redundant. It felt like the same thing happened day after day after day. We heard about normal every-day work for page after page after page. It was interesting to see once. Maybe even twice. But having it take up such a huge portion of the book didn’t work well. The plot felt like it was strong enough for a book half this size. So… Yeah.
On the flip side, the writing was well done. I could feel the heat, hear the mice scurrying, and felt the weight of the yelling aunt and uncle. The plot was also interesting – just as I mentioned, the book was way too long for the plot.
I’m a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and this book actually reminded me a lot of her writing. The biggest difference for me was probably the fact that Laura’s books are first-hand accounts, and therefore I can enjoy the every-day-ness normalcy in her writing.
I don’t remember having any issues with her writing, and glancing through reviews makes it seem like a lot of people enjoyed this book, so if it looks interesting to you, you should totally check it out.
I’m giving The Promise of Dawn 3 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 10
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review