“Mary’s Blessing” by Lena Nelson Dooley, book review
McKenna’s Daughters series, book II
Mary is the oldest daughter and has been in charge of the house since age 11, when her mother and 2 older sisters died. Now at 17, she wants more for her life, but cannot see beyond the chores caring for her younger siblings. Her father, has distanced himself in his grief, but has cared for the farm.
Daniel has been her friend for as long as she can remember, but now he has taken a special interest in her. Maybe, this is the way out. But she cannot abandon her family.
Through the trials of rural farm life in the late 1800, Mary and Daniel learn about love, loyalty, obedience and following God’s plan for their lives. Mary has worked so hard while Daniel, as an only child of a town family, has had it rather easy. Daniel just wants to make everything right for Mary, and care for her. But is she ready to be taken care of by him?
Both Daniel and Mary learn about God’s promises for their lives. And through the kindness and guidance of loving adults in the community they learn to make wise decisions regarding their future.
Mary’s Blessing is an easy to read book with ups and downs of real life in rural America. It is the 2nd in the series, but reads alone well. Book #3, Catherine’s Pursuit, is due in 2013.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.