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A Season of Harvest

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I’ve loved this series and the tenacity of the characters.
I will say that this wasn’t my favorite of the series although I fully expected it to be.

I did enjoy it but I think I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to fully become engaged in
It. It moved rather slow for me unfortunately.
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This is book 4 in the series and I started with this one. I recommend reading the others first. This book does do a good job of recapping what happened in the others though. I liked all 4 main characters, Lilac, Lark, Sam and Isaac. I think Sam was my favorite, he lost an arm in the war but he doesn’t let that stop him and he is an awesome school teacher. There was a lot going on in this story and sometimes there was a bit too much going on for me. But I really enjoyed it. Great strong Christian themes and content.

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A Season of Harvest is the fourth installment from Lauraine Snelling's Leah's Garden series. Since it is part of a series, I believe it would be best to read the previous books in order to be able to have a better grasp of what is going on. I have adored this series and this one does not disappoint. I loved reading Lark's story and could not put it down until I read the very last page.

Five stars is what I will be giving A Season of Harvest. I believe readers who enjoy reading clean historical fiction will greatly enjoy this one. As always, I will be looking forward for more upcoming releases from Lauraine Snelling.

I received a paperback copy of Lauraine Snelling's A Season of Harvest from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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A Season of Harvest is a wonderful continuation of a series that I’ve been enjoying! The characters are amazing and I love them! I had been waiting for this book so I could see if Larkspur finally gets her own happily ever after. She’s the oldest sister. She keeps everything running and keeps the farm going plus the family together. But she never gets a break.

What happens when she finally meets her match? When she has to rely on other people instead of her own strength? Can she trust God to always have her best interest in mind? And can she trust other people?

The book read quickly. I loved getting to see old friends again and see what had happened in their lives. It’s like catching up with friends you’ve known forever.

Don’t get me wrong. There is suspense. And there are hard times. Tragedies happen. But through it all family prevails and will take care of their own. You’ll love this novel! Just make sure you block off enough time to read this novel instead of having to set it down half way through!

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

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Lauraine Snelling writes detailed Christian historical fiction with intriguing storylines. In every series of hers that I’ve read, I’ve come away feeling as if I had known the characters in real life. This book continues the story of the Nielsen sisters and is the fourth book in the “Leah’s Garden” series.

This particular book in the series focuses on sisters Larkspur and Lilac. Both are committed to help their family establish their family farm. They have seen their siblings marry and begin families, and in this book they are both wondering what the future holds for them. As the Nielsen family grows, they experience times of happiness, struggle, heartbreak and even danger. But through it all, they hold fast to their faith and God’s guidance in their lives. I’ve enjoyed this series, and would recommend this beautiful series to you.

One recommendation I would make is that you read the books in this series in order. You can read this as a stand alone book, but you’ll appreciate the events in this book more if you’ve read the other three books first.

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A Season of Harvest is written by Lauraine Snelling. This author is one that I first read when I became a Christian. She always does such a fantastic job with her stories. This is book four in the Leah’s garden series. I’ve not read all the books but I didn’t have any issues following along.

The Nielsen sisters have found some hardships with starting fresh. However their sister bond is strong and lean on each other when things are not going great.

In this story, it’s Lark and Lilac’s turn to find happiness. However Lark wants to love on her sisters families and work the farm. Enter Isaac McTavish. He has fallen in love with Lark, but she doesn't feel she can depend on him and pushes him away.

Lilac has to return to Ohio to assist her brothers and hopefully bring Sam back to help with the Harvest. While she is there she reconnects with an old classmate, Sam. Sam has his teaching certificate and a mother who is constantly hovering. When Lilac recommends her town for teaching he sees it as a good thing.

I love the historical detail that the author has put into the story. I love this family.
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This was a book of love, family bonds, hardships and community. Lark and Lilac are the last two single sisters in the Nielsen family. They depend on each other to keep their homestead farm running in the Nebraska community of Salton. In the year of 1868 they face many hardships. Lark is the older of the two, hardworking and an I’ll do it myself kind of gal. Lilac is the artistic one whose drawings are featured in a well known newspaper each week.
Getting the yearly harvest brought in on time and keeping the flower garden growing in memory of their mother take up all their time and more.
Sickness, a notorious gambler seeking revenge and stubbornness all are obstacles blocking their progress. How will they ever survive all of this? Take a trip back in time and meet the Nielsen family. Work along side of them and their noble work ethics and strong faithfulness. God is always near even when they forget sometimes.
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The Nielson girls are trying to adjust to new aspects of their life. As they wonder what the future will hold, old acquaintances appear in their life making them wonder even more. When trouble comes their way, the sisters learn to depend on God and forgive others.

The book described every day occurrences in great detail. It was harder at times for me to get into the story but I was reminded to see things as how life was at that time. It wasn’t until mid point that I was invested into the story line. My favorite character was Isaac, who was given quite a hard task.

The book is part of a series. However, it could easily be read as a standalone. It was quite easy to figure out the characters as well as the plot.

I would recommend this book for someone interested in reading a book about farm and small town life. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.

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This is the fourth in a series that I did not start from the beginning with. This particular book goes back and ties up some loose ends concerning older sister Larkspur, which by the way I really like that name. Anyway, I do think that I would have benefitted more with knowing the dynamics of the family and what Lark was going through if I had started from the beginning. That was my mistake as this is a very well told family drama.

I felt for Lark, as she is seeing a lot of change. Her sisters are marrying and branching out on their own with their families. She acts as a mother hen towards her youngest sister all the while trying to keep the once upon a time family dream of running their own homestead alive. The theme of family and staying together was crucial, I feel the same. They had been through a lot, and I do like that this last book catches up with everyone and wraps everything up. I only wish I started from the beginning first.

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Season of Harvest by Lauraine Snelling and Kiersti Giron, is book 4 in the Leah’s Garden series. This is an enjoyable series to read. It’s been fun to keep up with the Nielsen family and see how determined they are to carry on the love of flowers that their mother had. It’s enjoyable to see how the whole family is there for each other in time of need, even with the distance between them. It’s fun to see how close the sisters are and how they care for each other even after they are married and have a family of their own.

This story focuses on Larkspur and a class mate that she reconnects with. It is easy to see God’s hand in bringing Larkspur and Isaac together when a need for a teacher opens up where Larkspur lives at just the right time in Isaac’s life. This story is filled with family love, growing relationship and even mystery and suspense as the man Larkspur beat in a card game comes after her. I love her determination to take on the responsibilities of the family and keeping the flowers growing for the family to fulfill their dream of a seed catalog in honor of their mother.

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This engaging historical novel and series pulls readers right into a small Nebraska town and its daily life as well as the lives of the four Nielsen sisters, who have settled there. This book particularly focuses on the eldest, Lark, who watches over her extended family even though she would love to be a wife and mother too. We get a realistic glimpse into this time period at a time of growth and expansion, along with the universal struggles portrayed in Snelling’s fiction, such as in the characters’ relationships and physical challenges. Readers can’t help but care about these realistic characters and what happens to them and can even learn from their example. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in this series to enjoy this one, although they are best enjoyed in order. I recommend them all for book clubs to discuss. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. #ASeasonofHarvest #NetGalley

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I enjoyed this story. Although I have not read the first two books yet, I thought this book worked as a standalone because the author did a good job of recapping what happened in the previous books. I liked seeing the characters grow through this story just like the plants they grow. I also liked how much the family and community cared about each other. I liked that Lilac and Lark finally found love with good men. I also liked how things resolved. I will definitely need to read the first two books to know how the whole story started.

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A delightful conclusion to this series of family and romance.

A Season of Harvest is the fourth book in the Leah’s Garden series. Throughout the series we’ve followed the Nielsen family as they first travelled west, started their homestead, grown their many businesses, faced numerous challenges, fallen in love and expand their family. Larkspur is the sister who has lead her family, supported her sisters and been left with the bulk of the work while her sisters follow their hearts and dreams.

In A Season of Harvest we finally see Larkspur find her own romance. Isaac McTavish returns to town, but it’s certainly not a smooth journey for them. Lark has to learn to ask for help and Isaac must learn to stay true to something he wants and believe he is worthy of it. I liked that their romance took its own, natural pace and wasn’t rushed, just because we’ve seen small sections of it growing throughout the series.

A Season of Harvest also continues Lilac’s story of romance. After letting go of her relationship with Reverend Ethan is the previous book, it’s wonderful to see her develop such a sweet connection with an old school mate and new teacher for the area.

Challenges continue to test the Nielsen family, but they pull together in their usual fashion of strength, support and faith.

I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy historical romance. The books should be read in series order to understand the many story threads that this final book brings together.

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I want to live in this town. I love these people and swear I prayed all through it right along with the characters. Gosh I love spending time with them all. Frustrating, joyful, tearful, breathless at times. You have to love them and how it all plays out. Extra excellent read!

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How often can you say you have a joyful heart after reading a book? But I can. I just finished this moving story about the Nielsen Family. They are a loving family that are beyond blessed.

Lark was stubborn and rarely asked for help. Lilac was artistic and sweet tempered. They depended on each other. Both worked extremely hard to keep their homestead running to the point of exhaustion.

Everyone has their struggles. But it seems Lark has more than her fair share. The people of Sheridan are there to get her through. Isaac McTavish wants to help but Lark keeps him at a distance.

I have been a reader of Lauraine Snelling's books for a few years. She is a fantastic storyteller. I have loved every one.

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“A Season of Harvest” is the fourth installment in the Leah’s Garden series, transporting me to 1860s Nebraska, with its vivid setting and charming characters. The series revolves around the Neilson sisters, each named after a different flower.

This book focuses on Larkspur (Lark) and Lilac, two sisters who are very different. Lark, the eldest, exudes strength and determination but struggles with the need for control. Lilac, on the other hand, grapples with her emotions as she navigates feelings for an old schoolmate after her broken engagement.

The sisters’ alternating POVs reveal a journey of self-discovery and reliance on God’s plan. I like how they expose the importance of letting-go-and-letting-God.

I enjoyed the family dynamics and the beauty and challenges of frontier life this story offers, but especially appreciate how it explores surrendering to God. This is an inspiring and rewarding story for those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction that illuminates the importance of faith and family.

First Line: “Make sure you send a telegram when you get to Linksburg.
Series: Leah’s Garden, book 4
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Page Count: 336

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A Season of Harvest
by Lauraine Snelling; Kiersti Giron
Pub Date 30 Jan 2024
Bethany House,Bethany House Publishers
Christian| Historical Fiction| Romance

Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers sent me a copy of A Season of Harvest to review.

Can her dreams--and a budding romance--survive trouble?

With or without her siblings' help, Larkspur Nielsen is determined to keep the family homestead running and start a seed catalog. With Isaac McTavish back in town, Lark finds herself at odds with her own heart and determination to handle her responsibilities alone. But Isaac is set on convincing her that he's here to stay and she doesn't have to carry everything by herself.Isaac wants to convince her that he's here to stay and that she doesn't have to carry everything alone.

Lark bears more and more responsibility on the farm as a romance blossoms between Lilac and an old schoolmate and the other Nielsen sisters are busy caring for their families. When a long-feared threat returns and Lark approaches the breaking point, the life she has always dreamed of is in danger of disappearing forever.The life Lark has always dreamed of is in danger of disappearing forever when a long-feared threat returns.

I give A Season of Harvest five out of five stars!

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This was my first introduction to the Nielsen sisters. Yes, that’s correct. I started with book 4, the final book in the ‘Leah’s Garden’ series.

The first thing that I noticed was how vividly the author wrote about the homesteading struggles of the Nielsen family in the late 1860s. I felt the physical and emotional challenges of fleeing Linksburg, Ohio, starting afresh in Salton, Nebraska, and fostering patience as the characters learned to wait on God’s timing.

I enjoyed reading about Lilac, the youngest sister, and her role in repairing the family mercantile as well as the blossoming love between her and an old schoolmate.

I was feverishly turning pages as (the eldest sister) Larkspur’s past came calling and the position it put her in to make an important choice. We can’t always run away from our struggles and it’s good to see characters face theirs. It helps us develop empathy and collect the ‘tools’ necessary to fight our own battles. We all have a villain lurking in our past. More than likely, we’ll have to face ‘him’.

I enjoyed how the author allowed her readers into Larkspur’s mind while she debated Isaac McTavish’s role in her life. She realizes what’s at stake with her family farm, her business, and her determination to remain single. When her past comes calling, readers see her grapple with her independence and choose between going it alone or learning to rely on God and Isaac. So often I forget to bring God into the decision process. This was a good reminder.

The theme of wounds and healing was expertly woven into this story. I think what spoke to me most was that long after the battle, we may be left still dealing with destruction. Sometimes we have scars to remind us of our victory.

The theme of loyalty and reliance played out well in this fantastic book. I loved how the siblings supported each other through the highs and the lows. The author’s spotlight on the importance of family was wonderful and I appreciated how they each contributed to individual healing and growth.

Most of all I loved the author's ability to place me in the setting.

I was gifted this copy by Bethany House and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

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First sentence: "Make sure you send me a telegram when you get to Linksburg."

What should you know about A Season of Harvest? 1) It's historical ROMANCE set in Nebraska in 1868. 2) It's the FOURTH in a series. 3) Each book focuses on a family of sisters; each novel features at least one romance. 4) There are brothers but they are less important because their romances aren't featured. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration). 5) By the fourth book there are dozens of characters to keep track of. No characters are dropped. 6) If you do not read the novels close together, you may end up super-confused OR super-frustrated OR both.

I have read the other novels in the series. At least I am mostly sure I have read the first two books. (I think I've read the third.) It wasn't recent enough for me to remember ANY details about the story. Not the sisters' names. Not the husbands' names. Not the kids' names. No major plot twists. No minor plot twists.

Is this one written so that it could stand alone? No. Not really. To start with the fourth book would be like tuning into a movie when you've only got thirty minutes left. You might pick up enough to know if you want to watch the movie in its entirety. You might like it enough to want to know the title so that you could seek it out to watch it. But you'll have more questions than answers. When it comes to this novel, I felt the characterization was relying so much on reader's previous knowledge in other books that it was a little lacking.

I did like that the novel shows how the Civil War still has WOUNDS--literal and figurative--that are open. Four or five years might have passed but for those who fought, for those who lost brothers or husbands or fathers or sons, it's still FRESH and very much still a trauma to work through.

Larkspur and Lilac are the two single sisters when the novel opens. The other three novels in the series has focused on the other sisters and their romances.

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Larkspur Is a Hardy Flower, and Larkspur Is a Hardy Woman
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2024
A Season of Harvest is book 4 in the Leah's Garden series by Lauraine Snelling and Kiersti Geron. The stories are about three young women who leave Ohio and move by wagon train to settle in Nebraska in 1865. This story begins Four years later., highlighting Larkspur, the eldest sister, and Lilac, the youngest sister.

If you liked the other three books or any other books by Lauraine Snelling, you will like this one. The story is not very exciting, but we do get to live in Salton Nebraska in 1868. Larkspur, Lilac and their family are our friends. I really felt as though I was there.

Without spoiling I'll just mention that there were a couple of serious accidents, a little romance, and the villain.

I do recommend A Season of Harvest. It's probably best to read the other books first, which I had done, but the author(s) does mention some events from the past stories.

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House through NetGalley, but was not obligated to give a good review.

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