Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Baard has experienced more than her share of sorrow, and now she is afraid to open her heart to love. Rebecca's friends set out to remedy the situation, concocting social events to attract all the eligible bachelors in Blessing, and advising her in the use of her feminine wiles.
My favorite part about this book was the talk of all the ice cream! Rebecca is extremely productive and takes a lot of initiative to make this dream of hers become a reality. There's a lot of planning and research that went into making her decision. I appreciated that she did take the time to learn about what goes into running an ice cream shop and not had it magically happen. There was a lot of things to consider, including the question of who would go get ice cream in the winter time. I really liked it when she went on the behind the scenes tour of the ice cream parlor in Bismarck and then got to eat the ice cream.
I also have really enjoyed seeing the Valders boys change and mature throughout the entire Blessing saga. When we first met them, they were ragtags who were troublemakers, stubborn and rude. They eventually got adopted and throughout the books began to change and soften the hearts of the townsfolk and their own parents. With this book the focus is on Gerald and it's wonderful to see him now be a kind hearted man who has definitely grown up from him wild beginnings. I was also really glad to see him take a stand against his mother, who seems to be the ever popular grump of the town.
The only thing I felt was a bit odd was that the story of Mr. Jeffers seems to end up abruptly with no conclusion. There was nothing really wrong per se, but I just felt that the story was left hanging and just pushed aside. It's not a big plot but since it affected the main characters it would have been nice to have some closure. Other than this, I really enjoyed reading this book. It's total comfort reading for me, and I love the historical setting. I am dying to read Astrid's story and am excited that the next series about Blessing is going to be based entirely on her. Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction authors and I feel that if you start with the first book in this saga, you won't be able to stop.
This story is about 19 year old Rebecca Baard, who has lost both her parents and is living with her brother in Blessing, North Dakota in the year 1903. They don't agree on much; Rebecca wants to open up a ice cream parlor in Blessing, North Dakota and her brother thinks her dreams are foolish. She decides to go and visit her Aunt Penny in Bismarck and get her help and ideas. There she meet eligible bachelors in town and discovers her dreams for a ice cream parlor to be a lot of work. She also realizes how much she misses her hometown and one certain gentleman friend, Gerald. When she returns home she will find her life changes quickly, and her love for Gerald grows. But will he admit his love for her help her fulfill her dream? A touching story filled with many engaging characters I have come to know and love.