Tender Mercies (Red River of the North #5)

by Lauraine Snelling

Paperback, 1999



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Bethany House (1999), 304 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Christian Fiction. Historical Fiction. The farmlands around the small town of Blessing bring a large harvest that changes and hope to all. Red River of the North book 5.


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0764220896 / 9780764220890

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LibraryThing member Sonya.Contreras
I did not read the books in order. I finished the prelude then read this. With that in mind, the community setting is what attracts me to read the book, but also makes it hard for me to keep everyone straight. Lauraine does a good job at putting a tag or a reminder with the characters to help keep
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them straight---but I must have read too fast in places to keep them organized.

She presents a lot of processes, i.e. cheese making, butchering, cooking, in detail---gets me bogged down in the process rather than the plot. (although interesting, I find myself skimming over it.)

I enjoyed the time frame, the community atmosphere, and the bits of history.
I wish there wasn't such a fight between women vs men---as if we have to be on opposite sides of issues.
I grow weary of seeing feminism encouraged in Christian books.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
Another good story in this saga of the people who have come to live along the Red River in the Dakota Territory. This book begins in the year 1887 and has Mary Martha MacCallister coming from Missouri to visit her brother (Zeb) and his new wife (Katy). To fully understand this family you really
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need to read the previous stories, which will help you catch up with what has been happening.

Mary Martha finds herself helping the pastor (who is not married) of Blessing, who teaches the children in their one room schoolhouse. Although they don't really get off to a good start, they will eventually come to care for each other. But Mary must return home to her dying mother. While gone tragedy will hit the community very hard and when Mary returns to Blessing, she will try to help pick up the broken pieces in her brother's life. She will also find true love with a man she cares for greatly.
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