The Promise of Dawn

series: Under Northern Skies

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In a Compelling New Saga, One Family Strives to Make Their Own Future

Opportunities are scarce in Norway, so when Rune and Signe Carlson receive a letter from Rune's uncle, Einar Strand, offering to loan them money for passage to America, Rune accepts. Signe is reluctant to leave her home, especially as she is pregnant with her fourth child, but Einar promises to give them land of their own, something they could never afford in Norway.

But life in Minnesota is more difficult than Signe imagined. Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone to pay off their debt. Afraid they will never have the life they dreamed of, she begins to lose her trust in God. When the dangers of the North Woods strike close to home, will she find the strength she needs to lead her family into the promise of a new dawn?

The Author

  1. Lauraine Snelling

    Lauraine Snelling

    Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than five million copies. She makes her home in Tehachapi, California. Learn more at

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"Snelling examines many aspects of family life, both warm and loving and poisonously dysfunctional, as she captures the fine details of life on a farm as well as the plight of the immigrant in 1909."

Booklist starred review

"In this first book of a new series, readers have the opportunity to embark on an immersive voyage from Norway to an American homestead via Snelling's signature style. . . . Fans will enjoy subtle tie-ins to the author's previous works, while every reader will appreciate the patience and endurance of the Carlson family. The Promise of Dawn entices readers to settle in for another entertaining saga from this beloved author. "

RT Book Reviews

"Snelling's tales of Norwegian immigrants are cherished by her readers. This story links Signe's family to favorite characters who settled in Blessing, North Dakota. Fans will welcome this first in a new series and the spiritual encouragement to trust God."

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