A time to bloom

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



A time to bloom (Leah’s Garden #2)


Lauraine Snelling with Kersti Giron


Bethany House


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343 pages


The Nielsen sisters are a formidable team, attempting to establish a real town in the area of Nebraska where they have settled. Each with a lovely flower name (Delphinium, Larkspur, Forsythia and Lilac), they are building up a garden in their mother’s memory, Leah’s Garden. Del is the local schoolteacher and a real school, rather than meeting in the church, is her heart’s desire. Farming and gardening keeps them busy and now they are building a boarding house. Forsythia’s husband is the local doctor and several friends live with them including RJ, their brother Ander’s heartbroken friend, a man who has lost his first love, embittered by that rejection and wracked by the physical pain of losing his eye in a knife attack.

Despite their busyness, they still carry dreams and hopes for better lives and perhaps even for love. Snelling beautifully crafts a wonderful story of this family of sisters and how they go about, with the help of the Lord, to accomplish their dreams.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of Lauraine Snelling and historical fiction

Christian impact:

A lovely family story filled with trusting God in the good times and in those that are not so good.




A Time to Bloom



About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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