Lauraine Snelling has done it again. This is book # 4 in Daughters of Blessing series. The setting is Blessing, North Dakota. This series of Snelling holds special place in my heart as it is set pretty close to where I live today, though Blessing, ND is a fictional city there are many cities in this series that are cities in ND today. I have been following her since Red River of the North series and the Bjorklund family came to America and settled in north western North Dakota. I've followed her as the family has grown and married: Return the the Red River series. This book though isn't about anyone in Bjorklund family she might as well be part of the family. Rebecca Baard has grown up in Blessing and lost both parents in Blessing. In Rebecca's Reward we follow Rebecca as she moves on in her life now at 18 years of age. Her dream is to open an Ice Cream shop in Blessing; however, she has many people who she must persuade that it would be a profitable business with two of them being her brothers. She finds that it is best to wait on God's timing and then she will gain many rewards in her life not just the ice cream parlor of her dreams. Snelling had me laughing in many spots in this book. She won't disappoint you if you read this book. You don't have to read them in order, however, if you really want to get to know the feel of this series it is good to start at the beginning with Red River of the North and work through on to Return to the Red River and then Daughters of Blessing. I guarantee you won't be disappointed that you start at the beginning of the Blessing beginnings.
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." -C.S. Lewis