Mary's Blessing Book 2

Title:  Mary’s Blessing

Author:  Lena Nelson Dooley

Pages:  304

Publisher:  Realms

Year:  2012

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for review from Charisma media.  Other reviews can be read on the blog located here:

                Mary’s Blessing is a novel of love, forgiveness, and traveling through the rough passages of life on earth this side of heaven.  While on a wagon train to Oregon, one couple finds themselves grieving the loss of a little girl.  Another couple gives birth to identical triplets, but then a bittersweet story begins to form the basis of this magnificent work of fiction.

                In today’s world, it is hard to imagine how many people lived in a time without fast food, working from sunup to sundown, and giving birth wherever without the help of a doctor.  A man born of nobility comes to America with his wife to open a store on the California coast.  While en route through the wilderness, he experiences tragedy.  He then makes decisions that are very hard, but the blessings that happen make a difference in the lives of others on that wagon train.

                Years in the future we see one family who lives on a farm experience both the joys and sorrows of life.  Through the whole story, readers will be enveloped in hope, forgiveness, and enduring love seen through the eyes of the many characters.  Mary longs to be loved and though she knows she has been adopted, the circumstances of that adoption are what keep her from having deep peace in her life.  Mary doesn’t doubt the love of her adoptive family, but what happened to her birth mother and father?  Since her adoptive mother’s passing years before, her adoptive father has been a different man.  Will he ever love her the way she longs to be loved?

                Daniel is in love with Mary and wants to court her with the intention of marrying her.  They have known each other since they were children in Oregon; however, no two people could have grown up more differently.  How are they to make a marriage work when Daniel insists he knows what to do without even asking Mary?  Mary is strong-willed and has taken care of her three siblings and father since her mother’s passing.  She loves Daniel.  Why can’t he recognize her as having a mind of her own?  Both of these young characters look for building a bridge through their differences with the help of the Lord.  Will they succeed?

                Mary’s Blessing is riveting and enjoyable, so get a lawn chair and some lemonade and settle in for a treat on a hot day in the summer sun.  You won’t believe how fast time flies when you’re busy turning the pages!  Rating:  5+

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