By Lauraine Snelling
Lauraine Snelling Returns to Her well known pink River Valley SettingEighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has continuously dreamed of turning into a physician. She had meant to check medication in Chicago or Grand Forks, but if a catastrophe burnt up a massive component to her family's source of revenue, Astrid stayed domestic in its place, receiving hands-on education from Dr. Elizabeth.Joshua Landsverk left Blessing years in the past, yet he is by no means forgotten Astrid. Returning to city, he seeks to court docket her. Astrid is interested in him, and while the chance unexpectedly opens for her to visit Chicago for clinical education, she unearths it tough to go away. Love blossoms via their letters, yet upon arriving again domestic, she makes a heartbreaking discovery. Will she need to hand over like to pursue her dream?
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Astrid looked over to Elizabeth, who was smiling. “You go. ” She raised a hand as Astrid started to object. “And you do not need to study right now. ” She pointed toward the door, dramatically flinging her arm out. ” “Well, you don’t have to get all official on me. I’m going. I’m going. You know Sophie never gives up. ” Sophie, who had bossed both her twin sister and her cousin since they were tiny, held the door open. ” Actually Astrid was grateful for an escape. These last few days it had been difficult to concentrate, let alone pretend she still wanted to continue her studies.
He handed her the one in his hand. “Or I could get you another flavor. I haven’t touched this one. I mean . ” He glanced at Sophie. ” “Not at all, Mr. Landsverk. ” She nudged Astrid with a discreet elbow. “Miss Bjorklund, or rather Dr. ” Astrid’s heart tried to skip out her chest, but she sucked in a deep breath along with an order to settle down. “No, I mean, ah . . yes. ” “Mrs. ” “Mrs. ” Astrid caught her gaffe. She still had a hard time thinking of Rebecca as Mrs. Valders. That title belonged to her mother-in- law, the woman who for years had tried to rule the town.
These last few days it had been difficult to concentrate, let alone pretend she still wanted to continue her studies. But she knew even if she decided against going to study under Dr. Morganstein, she could still use the experience Elizabeth gave her. Besides Mor always insisted that they not make drastic plans when upset, and so far, since Vernon’s death, she hadn’t calmed enough to think clearly. ” “Who? ” Astrid clutched the top of her head. “I don’t have a hat on. ” She dug in her heels so that Sophie had to stop or let go.
A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling