Reviewer Comments: After a two year separation and few letters, Sophie Knutson begins to question Hamre Bjorklund’s feelings for her. She is determined to marry the handsome Hamre and when he returns to Blessing and proposes, Sophie is overjoyed; until her father insists they wait a year. Not to be deterred, Sophie and Hamre elope and return to Ballard, where Sophie becomes an ideal fisherman’s wife. Battling bouts of loneliness and homesickness when Hamre is out to sea for long periods of time, Sophie gets a job at the local cannery, only to be let go when she faints on the job. When tragedy strikes and Hamre is lost at sea Sophie wants desperately to return home to her family, but will they welcome her back after her reckless disregard for their wishes?
A touching story of love and loss; SOPHIE’S DILEMMA is the second installment in the Daughters of Blessing series. This reader was touched by the struggle Sophie faced; to follow her heart or to bow to the decisions of her father. The sense of small-town drama and kinship is well portrayed; Sophie’s sense of “smothering” was readily apparent and her decision to run away with her love is quite believable. Well researched historical detail brought Turn-of-the-Century America to life; allowing this reader to become a part of the story with all of its triumphs and tragedies. A moving addition to the Daughters of Blessing series; this reader was genuinely impressed.