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The Ladies of the Lake series began with Destined for You where Gloriana Womack and her family are the central players who make their living on Lake Superior. In Forever My Own, Kirsten Hallberg comes to America to live with her grandmother who came from Sweden years before her. Kirsten is a strong young woman of faith who loves to help people be reconciled to one another. She is one who doesn’t shy away from truth and much of what she knows is due to the influence of older godly women she listened to in her younger years. Ilian Farstad is a man who wants nothing to do with his father due to the influence of his mother as he grew up. When a logging accident happens and he is laid up for a long time, it may just be that his perspective is challenged when he is nursed by Kirsten. Throughout the book readers meet both Kirsten’s and Ilian’s family with each having a past that needs God’s touch. The connectedness of the neighbors is due to them coming to America together and helping each other in daily living. I enjoyed the story of folks gathering to celebrate, work and practice their faith. One aspect of the novel I really enjoyed was how faith wasn’t shown to be easy or wishful thinking. It was portrayed at times as wrestling one’s emotions, laying down one’s rights and leaving it in God’s hands to name a few. I hope you will read the series and enjoy the first two books as I did. I look forward to the third book coming out in the fall titled, Waiting on Love. A snippet is included in the book for readers to enjoy! Also, I encourage people to read the Author’s Note that gives interesting historical information.
This wonderful story takes place in Duluth Minnesota in 1871, of loving family from Sweden. Lena called MorMor ( grandmother to Kirstin & her long thought dead brother DoMar), lived near Habram on Lake Superior. Kirstin, comes to America to be with MorMor after grandfather and uncle Per passed away. Kristin had no idea her her DoMar did not for on the ship wreck coming to America years ago when he was banished from their village in Sweden and his parents too had believe the lie! Only Kirstin believe her brother hadn't gotten the young lady with child and lied, his best friend had. After, ship wreck DoMar let them believe he was dead for 11 years until his sister came to America. Habram, and Lena had grown very close after both had lost their spouses. But, Have Habram and Ilian had their own share of secrets. Just pabout this time , some developer Jordan Webster is after the Scandinavia neighborhood that Lena and Mr. Farstad has lived in with many a friends since coming to America. Webster and the local government take the property with laws, however, Lena finally decided it was all in God's hands. With the help of Lucas Carson ( help bought Railroad to Duluth), and Jay Cooke they were able to secure needed property for the community.They left Mr.Webster to the good Lord ( It was all in His plan). The excitement and growth of Duluth's canal and the Scandinavia community is the clear winners. Get these stories of Ladies of the Lake and find the answers for yoursrlf , so much more!!
This story took me a while to see the amazing story of true love, truth and forgiveness. The characters became more and more interesting with each sentence. Also how to trust God with change that seems bad but is for our good and to trust him, even when we don't understand. I recommend this book.
I found this book very interesting because I am from Swedish heritage and have visited Deluth. The author wrote a very intriguing story of the people and the background and how they had to adjust to the decisions of their lives.
Enjoyed book 1 in this series Ladies of the Lake and now reading this book #2 in this series and I am so enjoying it. I have enjoyed every thing Tracie Peterson has written. Looking forward for book #3 to come out.