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Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask the Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask their concern that they are quickly running out of money. Del's work teaching in their booming town offers hope, not only to support her sisters financially, but also to better her students' lives. Not all of the town sees it that way, though, with the rebuilding of the schoolhouse continually neglected and her brightest student's father demanding he work the farm instead of attend class. When their brother Anders arrives with his war-wounded and heartbroken friend RJ, Anders sees the strength of the sisters' idea to start a boardinghouse and decides to invest in it. Del finds RJ barely polite and wants nothing to do with him. But despite Del and her sisters' best-laid plans, the future--and RJ--might surprise them all. "Snelling's thorough research pays off in her vivid evocation of frontier-era Nebraska . . . The result is a transportive historical worth getting lost in."-- Publishers Weekly


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Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask the Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask their concern that they are quickly running out of money. Del's work teaching in their booming town offers hope, not only to support her sisters financially, but also to better her students' lives. Not all of the town sees it that way, though, with the rebuilding of the schoolhouse continually neglected and her brightest student's father demanding he work the farm instead of attend class. When their brother Anders arrives with his war-wounded and heartbroken friend RJ, Anders sees the strength of the sisters' idea to start a boardinghouse and decides to invest in it. Del finds RJ barely polite and wants nothing to do with him. But despite Del and her sisters' best-laid plans, the future--and RJ--might surprise them all. "Snelling's thorough research pays off in her vivid evocation of frontier-era Nebraska . . . The result is a transportive historical worth getting lost in."-- Publishers Weekly

30 review for A Time to Bloom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling sweeps us back to 1866 in Salton, Nebraska. The Nielsen sisters are working hard on their farm and to bring the businesses necessary for the people in their area to thrive. Del Nielsen is the town’s schoolteacher and the only family member bringing in money. Del is frustrated that the men in town are slow to rebuild the school. She finds it frustrating to teach in the church where she cannot have things set up as she would in a proper classroom. Del loves tea A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling sweeps us back to 1866 in Salton, Nebraska. The Nielsen sisters are working hard on their farm and to bring the businesses necessary for the people in their area to thrive. Del Nielsen is the town’s schoolteacher and the only family member bringing in money. Del is frustrated that the men in town are slow to rebuild the school. She finds it frustrating to teach in the church where she cannot have things set up as she would in a proper classroom. Del loves teaching and wants to provide the best possible education for her scholars. One of her students, Tim is extremely bright, but his father prioritizes farm work over school. Two other students have a father who frequently visits the liquor tent and takes out his drunken rages on his family. Anders Nielsen, the sister’s brother, visits to bring needed supplies and see about the boarding house the ladies which to erect. He brings his friend, RJ Easton who survived the war only to be attacked on his way home by an angry confederate. His wound continues to pain him. RJ was looking forward to marrying his sweetheart. He arrived home to learn that she married someone else why he was away fighting. A fresh start is just what RJ needs. His background makes him the perfect person to head the boardinghouse project. RJ gets off on the wrong foot with Del. She tolerates him but does her best to avoid him. God has a way of changing the best laid plans. A Time to Bloom is the second novel in Leah’s Garden. It picks up where The Seeds of Change ended. I suggest reading the series in order as it will allow you to get to know the Nielsen’s along with their dreams. I thought A Time to Bloom was well-written with realistic, developed characters. The Nielsen sisters are very busy with the farm, school, and boarding house. I do not know how they manage to accomplish so much in a day (I would be worn out after an hour). Life is not easy in Nebraska at this time. They face many challenges that include grasshoppers that destroy crops, a twister that destroyed the school, a liquor tent set up near the town, which is causing problems, family violence and so much more. They do not have the luxury of modern conveniences, nor do they have much money. These bright women manage to come up with some clever ideas. Lark has more ideas than time. These sisters have dreams, and they intend to see them to fruition. There most important goal is establishing Leah’s Garden in honor of their mother. The Nielsen sisters are lucky to have Anders as well as their friends to help them. People work together to improve the town and their lives. The Nielsen’s also have their faith. They know that God will help them and guide them. They must rely on him and his timing which each of them struggle with (patience is a virtue). The author addresses difficult topics in A Time to Bloom. Alcoholism, racism, and domestic violence are just three of the issues. I thought the author did a wonderful job handling these difficult subjects. I can tell Ms. Snelling did her research into the time period. She really captured the attitudes, language, dress, inventions, conveyances, etc. I thought faith was beautifully incorporated into the story. My favorite line from A Time to Bloom is, “But my ma would say we’re not supposed to be in charge anyway. That’s what God is for.” I look forward to returning to the Nielsen sisters’ story in the next installment of Leah’s Garden. A Time to Bloom is a heartwarming tale with galling grasshoppers, a blossoming township, a worrying wound, liquor tent troubles, a mastermind at mathematics, and three savvy sisters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    A Time To Bloom is the delightful second book in the Leah’s Garden series. It picks up where book one left off, with the story of the Nielsen sisters. Forsythia and Dr Adam are now married and living in town while Lark, Del and Lilac continue to work to build their homestead and dreams of a garden, farm and boardinghouse. Del is also teaching school for the town. By gosh, these are busy women. I don’t know how they do it. Thankfully, they have gathered around them a wonderful community. Forsythia A Time To Bloom is the delightful second book in the Leah’s Garden series. It picks up where book one left off, with the story of the Nielsen sisters. Forsythia and Dr Adam are now married and living in town while Lark, Del and Lilac continue to work to build their homestead and dreams of a garden, farm and boardinghouse. Del is also teaching school for the town. By gosh, these are busy women. I don’t know how they do it. Thankfully, they have gathered around them a wonderful community. Forsythia, Adam, his nephew Jesse, their three children, and now Del’s school children and their families. The sisters’ brother Anders also comes to visit, bringing his friend RJ. There are also new challenges for the sisters and their growing family to face. Plagues of grasshoppers, families damaged by violence, and a schoolhouse destroyed by a twister. With the amount of work to do, especially with the harvest and wanting to start on their boardinghouse, the Nielsen sisters need all the help they can get, but they also know that if they want to achieve their dreams it’s up to them to make it a reality. Each of these books features all the sisters, but while Lark and Forsythia took more of the focus in book one, Del takes the spotlight in this second book. She is starting the school year without a school house. Worse the towns people, even her sisters, don’t seem to realise how important it is to her. New in town, RJ battles both memories and pain from the war. The injury that cost him his eye continues to bring him debilitating pain, causing him to offend Del right from the start. As Del continues to strive hard for her students and their families, she finds an unexpected ally in RJ and her own work helps to bring him peace and a place in of belonging in this little town he finds himself in. Their romance is slow to develop and we only really get anything more than friendship right at the very end of the book, but I enjoyed the friendship they build, as well as all the details of the lives of these busy sisters and their community. I’m looking forward to continuing the story of these incredible sisters and the people they bring together around them. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Has it been an entire year? Delphinium Nielsen thought in surprise. She and her three sisters were gathered around the table in their sod house. A Time to Bloom is the sequel to The Seeds of Change. Snelling does a good job in catching readers back up to speed in just a few pages. The sisters--Delphinium, Larkspur, Forsythia, and Lilac--are settling into their new prairie home. The choice to move may have been very sudden, but, they are making the absolute best of what has happene First sentence: Has it been an entire year? Delphinium Nielsen thought in surprise. She and her three sisters were gathered around the table in their sod house. A Time to Bloom is the sequel to The Seeds of Change. Snelling does a good job in catching readers back up to speed in just a few pages. The sisters--Delphinium, Larkspur, Forsythia, and Lilac--are settling into their new prairie home. The choice to move may have been very sudden, but, they are making the absolute best of what has happened. Delphinium is the town's teacher, for better or worse. And the sisters--in addition to homesteading--are looking to open up a boarding house... But life has its challenges...always. And rejoicing in the Lord always isn't always easy...especially for our heroine Delphinium. RJ Easton is a civil war veteran who is struggling to adjust to live after the war. Namely he lives in near-constant pain since he lost an eye. Opium offers limited relief, but, it is a beast as well. The thought of needing it every day for the rest of his life disturbs him--and rightly so. The pain makes him act (and feel) like a monster. He hates how the pain is warping or tainting his personality, his character. He hates who he has become since the war. He has newly come to town and his skills (prior to the war) make him a great candidate for leading building projects in town--including the boarding house for the Nielsen sisters. The story focuses on all the sisters--even Forsythia who married in the first book. So much more than just a romance. I for one thought the book had a lot to say about attitude. What I enjoyed most was the school teacher aspect of it. I enjoyed this one. It did not have a lot of melodrama--which I appreciated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eunice R

    I love pioneering stories of stalwart people persevering and pitting their strength against the elements such as tornados or grasshoppers decimating crops. Reading about the teamwork of townsfolk setting up and settling into a new town, of teaching the children in one-roomed schoolhouses, of living out their faith in God and so on, has inspired me yet again in this late-ish 1800's historical work of fiction. This book put me in mind of the Little House on the Prairies book series, which I love. T I love pioneering stories of stalwart people persevering and pitting their strength against the elements such as tornados or grasshoppers decimating crops. Reading about the teamwork of townsfolk setting up and settling into a new town, of teaching the children in one-roomed schoolhouses, of living out their faith in God and so on, has inspired me yet again in this late-ish 1800's historical work of fiction. This book put me in mind of the Little House on the Prairies book series, which I love. This narrative was set in Salton, Nebraska, USA with a family of sisters all named for flowers like, Delphinium and Larkspur, whose parents had passed. The sisters were now holding the fort on their farm. Soldiers returned from the American war of independance, arrive in town making themselves useful. The author also touches on racial issues of clinging prejudice against people of color, social issue of abuse and on a more positive note, of romance that crept in, raising the heartbeats and pulses to pleasant and satisfying conclusions. A happily ever after, feel good story. ~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~ June 2022 Disclaimer: This is m honest opinion based on the review copy sent by NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Georgianne

    I love this new series. It has the feel of Lauraine Snelling's Blessing series. If you loved your time in Blessing a few years back, I trust you will enjoy the Leah's Garden series also! I love this new series. It has the feel of Lauraine Snelling's Blessing series. If you loved your time in Blessing a few years back, I trust you will enjoy the Leah's Garden series also!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    A Time to Bloom was a very clean and excellent story! Delohinium Nielson and her four sisters live in a sod house and have a large garden they have in memory of their mother. They want to build a boarding house, and their brother, Anders comes for a visit. He brings his friend, RJ, who happens to have experience in building. He has lost an eye on his way home from the civil war, and he suffers a lot of pain from it. At first, he isn't a likeable person because the pain gets to him, but the longe A Time to Bloom was a very clean and excellent story! Delohinium Nielson and her four sisters live in a sod house and have a large garden they have in memory of their mother. They want to build a boarding house, and their brother, Anders comes for a visit. He brings his friend, RJ, who happens to have experience in building. He has lost an eye on his way home from the civil war, and he suffers a lot of pain from it. At first, he isn't a likeable person because the pain gets to him, but the longer he stays, the closer he comes to the schoolteacher, which is Del. Soon they develop a close friendship that becomes more. Great story I enjoyed!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Lauraine Snelling has such a way with writing historical fiction and her collaboration with Kiersti Giron in the Leah's Garden series is a surprising and refreshing addition to the genre. In the previous novel in the series, the sisters are moving westward as a real need to get away from a situation their brother got them into. This novel opens a year later and the sisters have settled into their homestead. Forsythia is settled into her marriage with the doctor and her new family acquired on the Lauraine Snelling has such a way with writing historical fiction and her collaboration with Kiersti Giron in the Leah's Garden series is a surprising and refreshing addition to the genre. In the previous novel in the series, the sisters are moving westward as a real need to get away from a situation their brother got them into. This novel opens a year later and the sisters have settled into their homestead. Forsythia is settled into her marriage with the doctor and her new family acquired on the way to Nebraska. Delphinium (Del) is getting ready for a new school year (without a school house), Larkspur (Lark) and Lilac are preparing to build a boarding house, and their brother, Anders, comes for a visit and to help get the boarding house off the ground. Anders brought a friend with him who was an engineering student before the war and knew how to design buildings. The sisters hire RJ (Anders' friend) to design the boarding house and oversee its being built. Throughout the time taken to build the boarding house and later the school house, the sisters become close to RJ, but Del becomes especially close. There are some pleasant surprises throughout this book. While Lark is the oldest sister, Del often appears to be the eldest, at least to my way of thinking. All of the sisters get along so well and complement each others strengths. They work well together and build one another up in ways not often seen in families or friend-groups. The authors do tackle some tough problems and there is enough conflict within the plot to keep the reader engaged and involved in the story. I can't wait to see whose story is next and what challenges the sisters will face in the next novel. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a teacher who cares about her students as much as what they learn. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Time to Bloom By Lauraine Snelling Bethany House Publishing Rated: 3 Back of the Book: “Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask their concern that they are quickly runnin A Time to Bloom By Lauraine Snelling Bethany House Publishing Rated: 3 Back of the Book: “Will their dreams fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them? Delphinium Nielsen and her sisters have accomplished much in the past year, traveling west and settling in Nebraska. They are on their way to building a garden in dedication to their mother and working against the forces of nature to make their farm thrive. However, none of that can mask their concern that they are quickly running out of money. Del's work teaching in their booming town offers hope, not only to support her sisters financially but also to better her students' lives. Not all the town sees it that way, though, with the rebuilding of the schoolhouse continually neglected and her brightest student's father demanding he work the farm instead of attending class. When their brother Anders arrives with his war-wounded and heartbroken friend RJ, Anders sees the strength of the sisters' idea to start a boardinghouse and decides to invest in it. Del finds RJ barely polite and wants nothing to do with him. But despite Del and her sisters' best-laid plans, the future--and RJ--might surprise them all.” Impressions: Although I didn’t read the previous book, I thought I could pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone novel. This might be cause for my dislike and reason to put this book down halfway through. From the start of this book, the many characters were overwhelming. Attempting to follow each person’s story and make sense of their backstory was exhausting and eventually sucked the enjoyment out of reading this book. The storyline was a bit too slow for me as well. Quotes: “‘But, LORD, how do I not worry about tomorrow yet still be prepared for it?’”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    A wonderful entry into this series about 4 sisters who are trying to homestead in Nebraska but finding it very difficult. As money dwindles, one sister, Del, takes on the job of being the schoolteacher to supplement their income. She finds she loves it but feels others in the community do not necessarily see the importance of education. The schoolhouse was destroyed in a tornado and no one except her seems to think it is important enough to rebuild. The sisters' brother, Anders, comes for a visit A wonderful entry into this series about 4 sisters who are trying to homestead in Nebraska but finding it very difficult. As money dwindles, one sister, Del, takes on the job of being the schoolteacher to supplement their income. She finds she loves it but feels others in the community do not necessarily see the importance of education. The schoolhouse was destroyed in a tornado and no one except her seems to think it is important enough to rebuild. The sisters' brother, Anders, comes for a visit and to help them decide about a venture they are considering -- building a lodging house. He brings a friend, RJ, who had been wounded in the Civil War and is still suffering both physically and mentally. As people try to help him, he becomes rude and very unfriendly. He is not a very nice person at first but the author does a great job of slowly but surely showing him how he needs to change. It is a portrayal of a very difficult time, one I cannot even imagine. It was so nice to see how during this time people turned to God rather than shutting Him out and saying He shouldn't be part of public life. It is sad to see how much of that has been lost in today's world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling, with Kiersti Giron, is the second book in the Leah’s Garden series. This is a great Christian historical fiction story of four sisters, all named after flowers. This story takes over where the first one ends, so it is best to read in order. This is such an encouraging story to read. The sisters are hardworking and open minded to trying new adventures to help build their lives in a new area. Del works as the town’s teacher to help bring money in while the oth A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling, with Kiersti Giron, is the second book in the Leah’s Garden series. This is a great Christian historical fiction story of four sisters, all named after flowers. This story takes over where the first one ends, so it is best to read in order. This is such an encouraging story to read. The sisters are hardworking and open minded to trying new adventures to help build their lives in a new area. Del works as the town’s teacher to help bring money in while the others work the farm. I so enjoyed that their brother, Anders, is finally able to visit them and see the progress they have made and the hard work they have done. He is encouraging in the prospect the sisters have for building a new business. I especially love the fact this book focuses on flowers. Not only will the flower garden be a memorial for their mother, but it will help the family. As I read the story I so wanted to add new variety to my own gardens. I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Fisher

    "a time to bloom" by lauraine snelling with kiersti gironnis the second book in her 'leah's garden' series. i have been a fan of lauraine snelling's books for many years and this did not disappoint. i love the stories set back in time and it was fun to read about a story settled in my home state of nebraska. this story is about how delphinium nielsen (knows as 'del') and her sisters are struggling to run a farm and keep a garden alive to survive. they are financially strapped even with 'del' teac "a time to bloom" by lauraine snelling with kiersti gironnis the second book in her 'leah's garden' series. i have been a fan of lauraine snelling's books for many years and this did not disappoint. i love the stories set back in time and it was fun to read about a story settled in my home state of nebraska. this story is about how delphinium nielsen (knows as 'del') and her sisters are struggling to run a farm and keep a garden alive to survive. they are financially strapped even with 'del' teaching school. she is having to deal with parents who believe their children are better served working on their family farms than going to school. del and her sisters' brother returns from war with a friend rj. rj believes in the school and wants to help, but there is tension between him and del. i won't give away the rest of the story, but this was fun to read and i look forward to the rest of the series. i received this book digitally from net galley to read and give my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    The Neilson sisters have accomplished a lot since moving out to their Nebraska homestead the previous year, but now Delphinium has no school to teach in and Lark has dreams of building a boarding without people to build it. Can they accomplish their dreams with all the obstacles in their way? This was a lovely story of learning to rely on God through all circumstances. These cast of characters are well developed and you feel their struggles. I enjoyed the historical aspects included and the hear The Neilson sisters have accomplished a lot since moving out to their Nebraska homestead the previous year, but now Delphinium has no school to teach in and Lark has dreams of building a boarding without people to build it. Can they accomplish their dreams with all the obstacles in their way? This was a lovely story of learning to rely on God through all circumstances. These cast of characters are well developed and you feel their struggles. I enjoyed the historical aspects included and the heartwarming relationships between the sisters. Though I haven’t read the first book, the characters and plot were easy to follow. The author easily caught the reader up on what was missed in the first book. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction with a little bit of romance, this might be enjoyable for you. Thank you to Bethany House for the ARC. All the opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joy Burke

    I don't know where to start about how amazing this book is! The author's style of writing puts you right into the book where you actually can see the scenery, smell the scents and feel all of the emotions that the characters are going through. I have read several books by this author and love her writing , I haven't yet read the first book in this series and don't think you need to either, but I will definitely be buying it and anxiously awaiting more books in this series. If you love reading hi I don't know where to start about how amazing this book is! The author's style of writing puts you right into the book where you actually can see the scenery, smell the scents and feel all of the emotions that the characters are going through. I have read several books by this author and love her writing , I haven't yet read the first book in this series and don't think you need to either, but I will definitely be buying it and anxiously awaiting more books in this series. If you love reading historical romance, you will not be disappointed. I received a digital copy of this book for free, just with a promise to leave a honest review. I am being as honest as I know , amd give this book 5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J Lewis

    Jeez, I almost didn't finish A Time to Bloom, but I grazed by by the skin of my teeth. This book is set in the post-Civil War era. And as you read you meet a whole passel of characters, each with their own specific situations that real people faced during those times. You learn how they overcame those issues. From the plight of the settler, to the freedman, to the ex-soldier, the fledgling temperance movement, and many more situations. And of course, most of all how they kept their trust in the Jeez, I almost didn't finish A Time to Bloom, but I grazed by by the skin of my teeth. This book is set in the post-Civil War era. And as you read you meet a whole passel of characters, each with their own specific situations that real people faced during those times. You learn how they overcame those issues. From the plight of the settler, to the freedman, to the ex-soldier, the fledgling temperance movement, and many more situations. And of course, most of all how they kept their trust in the Lord through it all. The romance aspect doesn't really begin till the end of the book, but all in all, this is a very nice read. Snelling tidies it up well, and she makes me wonder how the other sisters will fair...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Lauraine Snelling has teamed up with Kiersti Giron to write Leah's Garden book 2, A Time To Bloom. This book follows the adventures of the Nielsen sisters as they establish a new life in Nebraska. I loved the way the characters related to each other. I really enjoyed the storyline and the town sounds like a nice place to visit. (I couldn't live there because I like my modern comforts.) So anyone looking for an enjoyable book about frontier life should grab a copy of A Time To Bloom, a pitcher of Lauraine Snelling has teamed up with Kiersti Giron to write Leah's Garden book 2, A Time To Bloom. This book follows the adventures of the Nielsen sisters as they establish a new life in Nebraska. I loved the way the characters related to each other. I really enjoyed the storyline and the town sounds like a nice place to visit. (I couldn't live there because I like my modern comforts.) So anyone looking for an enjoyable book about frontier life should grab a copy of A Time To Bloom, a pitcher of tea, and settle in for a relaxing adventure. I was given this book by NetGalley with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Brooks

    A Time To Bloom is a must read. This next installment focuses on Del. She is trying to get a new school built, however she teaches school in the Church after last year’s tornado. Her other sisters want to start a boarding house. They have their brother Anders come and help. He brings his friend RJ. RJ was injured after the Civil War. He is from upstate NY. He is jilted by his fiancé and with only one eye he wants to start over. He decides to take up the offer to go west from Anders. It takes a l A Time To Bloom is a must read. This next installment focuses on Del. She is trying to get a new school built, however she teaches school in the Church after last year’s tornado. Her other sisters want to start a boarding house. They have their brother Anders come and help. He brings his friend RJ. RJ was injured after the Civil War. He is from upstate NY. He is jilted by his fiancé and with only one eye he wants to start over. He decides to take up the offer to go west from Anders. It takes a long time for a friendship and romance to blossom, but the side story and characters are so well written I didn’t notice that it took a long time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Another_Book_to_Ponder

    Another Great Book in the Leah’s Garden Series! This book continues with more trials and heart tugging. The focus is on Dev. Hmmm… who will win her heart? The Pastor or RJ? I’m not telling… We get to learn more about what’s going on with the whole family also. I have always really enjoyed Lauraine Snelling’s writing style and Kiersti Giron’s I’m sure makes these even better! I look forward to following the Neilson Siblings into the next book in 2023! I received a complimentary ARC of this book fro Another Great Book in the Leah’s Garden Series! This book continues with more trials and heart tugging. The focus is on Dev. Hmmm… who will win her heart? The Pastor or RJ? I’m not telling… We get to learn more about what’s going on with the whole family also. I have always really enjoyed Lauraine Snelling’s writing style and Kiersti Giron’s I’m sure makes these even better! I look forward to following the Neilson Siblings into the next book in 2023! I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judybelle

    A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling sweeps us back to 1866 in Salton, Nebraska. This is a great second book to this series. I have always enjoyed Lauraine Snelling’s style of writing. This is a story of hardships, perseverance and triumph woven with drama and suspense. Three sisters are determined to form a life for themselves, even amid rough times with no man to help them or protect them. If you love reading historical romance, you will not be disappointed in this one. I received a digital co A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling sweeps us back to 1866 in Salton, Nebraska. This is a great second book to this series. I have always enjoyed Lauraine Snelling’s style of writing. This is a story of hardships, perseverance and triumph woven with drama and suspense. Three sisters are determined to form a life for themselves, even amid rough times with no man to help them or protect them. If you love reading historical romance, you will not be disappointed in this one. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauralee

    A Time To Bloom is a beautiful Christian historical book about four sisters named after flowers, facing new challenges and how they work with each other and their community. This is the second book in a series, and unfortunately I did not read the first one yet, which made it slightly less enjoyable. I recommend reading them in order. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    KES

    Yes - read it! Maybe not yet..... This is the 2nd in a (so far) great read journey. But you're not going to get the full fix since I suspect there are two more on the way. But start purchasing these 2 and just re-read when the next one comes out! You should read the first one to get the full effect. Great characters & storyline! I received an ARC from Netgalley to prepare my honest review. Yes - read it! Maybe not yet..... This is the 2nd in a (so far) great read journey. But you're not going to get the full fix since I suspect there are two more on the way. But start purchasing these 2 and just re-read when the next one comes out! You should read the first one to get the full effect. Great characters & storyline! I received an ARC from Netgalley to prepare my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharie Smasal

    New Installment of Leah’s Garden Does not Disappoint. A story of hardships, perseverance and triumph woven with drama and suspense, ending with love. The characters of the story will draw you in to cheer for them. Excellent read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Del and her sisters have accomplished so much but they have more plans--to rebuild the schoolhouse and a boarding house, but they need someone to help with these projects. God sends just the right person who needs healing as well as purpose.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty Fields

    Wonderful story Miss Snelling is a beautiful story teller. By the time you finish her book you love the characters. Strong faith and family. I wish our schools would go back to this foundation.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lettie Bugg

    A lovely continuation of the Leah's Garden series. I enjoyed catching up with the sisters a year after the events of the first novel and look forward to finishing their story when the third book in the series comes out. A lovely continuation of the Leah's Garden series. I enjoyed catching up with the sisters a year after the events of the first novel and look forward to finishing their story when the third book in the series comes out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet Friesner

    So bood. A great second book to this series. Will be eagerly awaiting the next book. Wonderful clean read. Love Christian Fiction

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Grace

    Just as good as the first! I love that it dealt with topics that still haunt our world today.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LaGail Lenoir

    love the series... keep them coming. bought the audio book version. 5 stars to the author and narrator.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Patterson

    A fun read for a lazy summer day.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    At best a Hallmark movie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    This book intrigued me because of the challenges that the characters face. I love how Delphinium is a school teacher and the book focuses on this. Also, a student's name is Bethany. 🙂 This book intrigued me because of the challenges that the characters face. I love how Delphinium is a school teacher and the book focuses on this. Also, a student's name is Bethany. 🙂

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