Monday Double Feature: Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Disclaimer: Streams of Mercy, by Lauraine Snelling, was provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Anji Baard Moen, recently widowed in Norway, returns to North Dakota with her children. She quickly settles back into life in the familiar surroundings of Blessing, teaching in the high school and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette. In the midst of an unexpected crisis, Anji is thrust into a role she never imaged. And almost without her even being aware, an old friendship begins to show signs of developing into something more. Meanwhile, Thomas Devlin, a minister without a post, has arrived in town. Devlin supports himself as a journeyman carpenter, and with the town growing rapidly, he has no shortage of opportunities. Establishing himself in a new community has its challenges, but as the newcomer gets to know the young widow whose house he’s been working on, he thinks he may have found yet another reason to stay….

(This were actually supposed to go up in October. Oops. Better late than never, eh?)

I struggled to get through the first few chapters of Streams of Mercy. Part of the problem was that the back of the book implies that the novel is entirely about Anji and Thomas, but actually the book is much less of a romance and much more of a “slice of town life” piece. In fact, Anji and Thomas aren’t even really part of the central plot at all. Another problem was that so many characters are introduced at the beginning that I found it overwhelming.

However, once Streams of Mercy actually hits the main plot, which is a diphtheria outbreak, the book becomes more enjoyable. The writing is a little amateurish and not at all in the style I like (another reason I almost stopped reading after only a few chapters), but once the book gets up and going, I didn’t notice it as much anymore. The threat of the disease is suitably scary and sad in turns, and even though I was jaded by the fact that the book summary implies that the romance aspect is bigger than it actually was, I did enjoy the romance aspect, too, especially since it doesn’t end as they typically do.

I actually might have understood more of what was going on if I had read the earlier books (this is the third book in a series about the various families in Blessing), but it’s not necessary to have read those to understand or enjoy Streams of Mercy. I had more problems with it than enjoyment, but it is a decently good book about a disease outbreak, and those who’ve read other Snelling books will probably enjoy this one, too.

My rating: 2/5

Warnings: None.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian

You can buy this here: Streams of Mercy

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