Streams of Mercy is book three in the Song Of Blessing Series by Lauraine Snelling. Blessing North Dakota in 1905 is a small town of families who emigrated to America during the great migration period. It is reminiscent of my own ancestors who settled in nearby Minnesota, but I digress. Blessing is a hub of many nationalities that continued to make our country great. The Bjorklund family, central to the story came from Norway in 1880.
Our story centers on the Anji Bjorklund Moen and Thomas Devlin. Anji, originally from Blessing, moved to Norway to live with her husband until his untimely death. Longing to come home to her very large family in Blessing, she makes a life for her children living with her sister Rebecca and her family. Thomas is an Anglican priest without a parish who meets Anji while both teach at the school. They are beginning to realize what they feel for each other as a devastating tragedy hits the town. The town pulls together in small town style to overcome a threat to all the families in Blessing. Putting their feelings aside until the crisis is over, they must choose to be with each other or go their separate ways.
As with any good Christian Fiction, Streams of Mercy is filled with wisdom found in scripture and a heart full of prayer. I wish I had read the first two volumes of this series as I felt as though I missed something. The book is full of a lot of characters who seemed to me had their story told in previous volumes. It is helpful that there is a Bjorklund family tree at the beginning of the book to help me keep track. The story is wonderful and the people are so resilient, a testament to the courage it took to come across the ocean and settle into this wonderful country.